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Alexis J. Pedrick

Director of Digital Engagement; Podcast Cohost

As director of digital engagement at the Science History Institute, Alexis oversees our award-winning Distillations digital content platform, which includes building out a strategic vision for our magazine, podcasts, and social media storytelling. She is also cohost of the Distillations podcast.

Alexis also serves as director of Innate: How Science Invented the Myth of Race, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded podcast and magazine project that explores the historical roots and persistent legacies of racism in American science and medicine.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Temple University, studying psychology and European history, and earned her master’s degree in humanities from Arcadia University, where her focus was history, philosophy, and religion.

Alexis is known for her lively history talks and tours in Philadelphia. She previously served on the boards of Young Involved Philadelphia and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. In 2015 she was nominated for Geek of the Year by the Philadelphia Geek Awards.

Alexis is a member of the Science History Institute’s Leadership Team.

More from Alexis J. Pedrick

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How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Race Correction

In the fifth and final session of this Roundtable course, we show how racial bias is built into medical instruments and introduce the medical students and doctors working to change it.

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How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Bad Blood, Bad Science

In the fourth session of this Roundtable course, we explore how faulty beliefs about race biology influence American medicine.

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How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Return, Rebury, Repatriate

In the third session of this Roundtable course, we discuss the ethical treatment of human remains and how this practice, when done correctly, is imperative to our understanding of the past.

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How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Calamity in Philadelphia

In the second session of this Roundtable course, we cover the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, from the perspective of the free Black community tasked with saving the city.

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How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Origin Stories

In the first session of this five-part Roundtable course, we trace the origins of race science to the Enlightenment in Europe.

Percy Julian and the False Promise of Exceptionalism

Reflecting on the trailblazing chemist’s fight for dignity and the myths we tell about our scientific heroes.