Dr. Amy Hinterberger

Amy Hinterberger is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining University of Washington in 2024, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London, UK. She has also held positions at the University of Warwick (2013 – 2017), Harvard University (2014), University of Oxford (2011 – 2013) and University of London (2010 – 2011).  A sociologist by training (PhD, LSE, 2010), her research addresses the ethical and political dynamics of biomedicine and biotechnology.Her research interests span multiple areas of innovation and technology, focusing particularly on cell-based technologies and genomics. Exploring the relationship between inequality and the social and ethical implications arising from emerging technologies is a key aspect of her scholarship.

Amy is an External Faculty Associate in the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, and Visiting Professor in the School of Global Affairs, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.


Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Hinterberger, A, and Bea, S. 2023 ‘How do scientists model humanness? A qualitative study of human organoids in biomedical research’ Social Science & Medicine, Volume 320: 115676.

Hinterberger, A. 2022 ‘Composite Animals: Then and Now’ Hastings Center Report, 52(6): 1-5.

Johnston J, Hyun I, Neuhaus C.P.., Maschke K.J., Marshall P, Craig K.P, Matthews M.M, Drolet K, Greely H.T, Hill L.R, Hinterberger A, et al. 2022 ‘Clarifying the Ethics and Oversight of Chimeric Research’ Hastings Center Report, 52(6): 1-23.

Fitzgerald D, Hinterberger A, Narayan J, Williams R. 2020. ‘Brexit as heredity redux: Imperialism, biomedicine and the NHS in Britain’. The Sociological Review. 68 (6):1161-1178.

Hinterberger, A. 2018. ‘Marked “h” for Human: Chimeric Life and the Politics of the Human’. BioSocieties, 13(2): 453-469.

Hinterberger A. 2016. ‘Regulating Estrangement: Human–Animal Chimeras in Postgenomic Biology’. Science, Technology, & Human Values. 45(6):1065-1086.

Davies, G.F. et al. 2016. ‘Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare.’ PLoS ONE 11(7):e0158791.

Hinterberger, A and Porter, N. 2015. ‘Genomic and Viral Sovereignty: Tethering the Materials of Global Biomedicine’ Public Culture, 27(2): 361-386.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Investing in Life, Investing in Difference: Nations, Populations and Genomes’.  Theory, Culture and Society, 29(3): 72–93.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Publics and Populations: The Politics of Ancestry and Exchange in Genome Science’.  Science as Culture, 21(4): 528-549.

Hinterberger, A 2007. ‘Feminist Theory and the Politics of Representation: Towards a Critical and Ethical Encounter with “others”’Journal of International Women’s Studies, 8 (2): 74-83. [Reprinted in 2008 Feminism: Theories and Impact. Debashree Mukherje Ed. Kolkata: Icfai University Press, 105-118.]

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Hinterberger, A. 2024. ‘The institutional life of animals’ Davies, G., Greenhough, B., Hobson-West, P. et al.  (Eds.) Researching animal research: What the humanities and social sciences can contribute to laboratory animal science and welfare, Manchester University Press, 105 -122.

Hinterberger, A and Bea, S. 2021. ‘Cells, Animals and Human Subjects: Regulating Interspecies Biomedical Research’ Laurie, G., Dove, E., Ganguli-Mitra, A.,et al. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hinterberger, A. 2018. ‘Molecular Multicultures’. Handbook of Biology and Society, Eds. Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D., Lloyd, J. Palgrave Macmillan, 251-268.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Categorisation, Census and Multiculturalism: Molecular Politics and the Material of Nation’. Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision between DNA, Race, and History, Keith Wailoo, Alondra Nelson, & Catherine Lee Eds. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 204-224.

Hinterberger, A. 2012. ‘Agency’. Gender: The Key Concepts, Mary Evans and Caroline Williams, Eds. London: Routledge, 7-13.

Hinterberger, A. 2010. ‘The Genomics of Difference and the Politics of Race in Canada’. What’s the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. Ian Whitmarsh and David S. Jones, Eds.  Cambridge:  MIT University Press, 147-186.

Review Essays and Commentaries in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Fitzgerald, D and Hinterberger, A. 2021 ‘Writing the Social Studies of Science’ European Science and Technology Review 40 (1): 4-7.

Hinterberger, A. 2014. Commentary on Major Article, ‘Nation and the Absent Presence of Race in Latin American Genomics’ by Peter Wade et al. Current Anthropology 55(5): 511-512.

Hinterberger, A. 2013. ‘Curating Postcolonial Critique’. Review Essay for The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader, Ed. Sandra Harding, London and Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Social Studies of Science 43: 619-627.