Gaymon Bennett is associate professor of religion, science, and technology
at Arizona State University. He works on the problem of modernity in
contemporary religion and biotechnology: its shifting moral economies,
contested power relations, and uncertain modes of subjectivity. His book
"Technicians of Human Dignity" (Fordham 2016) examines the figure of
human dignity in 20th century international and religious politics and its
current biopolitical reconfigurations. His co-authored book "Designing
Human Practices: An Experiment with Synthetic Biology" (with P.
Rabinow, Chicago, 2012) chronicles an anthropological experiment in ethics with
engineers reimagining the boundary of biology and computation. And his
co-authored "Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell
Research" (with T. Peters and K. Lebacqz, Rowman & Littlefield,
2008) critically engages the early days of stem cell research and the unwitting
role of religion in the secularization of life.
Gaymon has conducted multiple experiments in cross-disciplinary
collaboration with contemporary biologists and bioengineers. He is a fellow of
the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, and an affiliate faculty
member wtih the Center for Jewish Studies, the School for the Future of
Innovation in Society and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. He is a
co-founder and fellow of the Center for Biological Futures in the division of
basic sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is also a
principal of ARC [Anthropological Research on the Contemporary] and was a
founding co-designer of the Human Practices Initiative at the multi-university
Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). He led Human Practices
at the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB) at Lawrence
Berkeley National Labs. These experiments emphasize collaborative empirical
inquiry, a shift from theory to shared concept work, and sustained attention to
the culture and politics of knowledge production.
Ph.D Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Ph.D. Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
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