Alondra Nelson, author of the award-winning book "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination," teaches sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. She is also an editor of "Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History;" "Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life;" and "Afrofuturism" (a special issue of "Social Text"). Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She is currently completing "The Social Life of DNA," which will be published by Beacon Press. For more information, please see www.alondranelson.com.