Anne Pollock

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Anne Pollock." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Anne Pollock is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College, London. Previously, she spent a decade on the faculty of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Her research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and ways in which science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects.

Her new book, Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Synthesizing Hope draws on research at a small South African pharmaceutical company that was founded with the mission of finding new drugs for TB, HIV, and malaria, and explores how it matters who makes pharmaceutical knowledge and where.  An interactive site on this project can be explored at

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Pollock, Anne. 2014. “Places of Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Making: Global Health, Postcolonial Science, and Hope in South African Drug Discovery.” Social Studies of Science 44 (6): 848–73.

AO: This 2014 article by Anne Pollock explores how location of the scientific knowledge component of pharmaceuticals matters, especially working through the considerations for those interested in global health and postcolonial science, and for the scientists themselves.Read more

Pollock, Anne. 2013. “Enbrel and the Autoimmune Era.” The Atlantic, June 18, 2013.

AO: This article published in The Atlantic discusses how a pharmaceutical drug, Enbrel, illustrates how we are intimately connected to our drugs. Pills and injectable drugs are tangible objects that are external to us, but upon consumption, they transform us and even...Read more

Personal website

AO. Mapping iThemba

This initiative by Anne Pollock and others at Georgia Tech demonstrates one example of how STS in Africa work has sought to move beyond the university.Read more

Mapping iThemba

AO: This website briefly explains the design logics for the Mapping iThemba project. The explanatory text notes that the platform was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation program and that Professor Anne Pollock did the research and wrote the text for the site, new media...Read more