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Ph. D., History of Science, Harvard
A.B., History and Science, Harvard University, 1998
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Professor Osseo-Asare studies the
history of medicine and science, with
special reference to cases in Africa.
Her primary research focus is the
history of pharmaceuticals and herbal
medicines. Her first book, Bitter
Roots: The Search for Healing Plants
in Africa (forthcoming from
The University of Chicago Press) traces
the biographies of six plants which
people have tried to transform into
pharmaceuticals since the 1880s. Her
research in Ghana, as well as Madagascar
and South Africa maps the ways in which
people have created overlapping
narratives of ownership of healing
plants across time and space. Efforts to
remake botanical resources into
profitable new medicines show the ways
in which histories of traditional
healing and pharmaceutical chemistry are
intertwined and mutually
Professor Osseo-Asare is conducting research for a new project on the history of medical isotopes, radiation, and atomic energy in Ghana, funded through a National Science Foundation Scholar's Award. For more information visit here.
She is affiliated with the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF, Berkeley's Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society, and the Center for African Studies.
"Scientific Equity: Experiments in
Laboratory Education in Ghana," ISIS,
"Healing and Literacy: From African Scientific Herbalists, to Psychic and Traditional Healers in Ghana, 1930-1970," in revision to resubmit to Journal of African History.