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Ph. D., History of Science, Harvard
A.B., History and Science, Harvard University, 1998
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 (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
to an overview with Carla
Nappi for New Books in Science,
Technology, and Society.
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.