Oliver Rollins, PhD

Assistant Professor


Oliver Rollins is an assistant professor in sociology. His work investigates the impacts of race through the production and use of biomedical research. Currently, he is working on a project that examines the sociological mechanisms that inform neuroscience research on implicit bias, including the way neuroscientists conceptualize and measure “bio-social” dynamics, and the potential promises, challenges, and consequences of operationalizing racism (and race) in neurobiological models. Additionally, Dr. Rollins’s pending book, Unlocking the Violent Brain traces the development of neuroscience research on anti-social behaviors, with particular attention to the normative dimensions of the science, which have helped researchers rebrand the controversial science as more flexible and productive approach to crime and violence. Dr. Rollins teaching interests include: race/ racisms; science, knowledge and technology; and medical sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Sociology of the Mind and Brain Sciences
Race & Racism
Science, Knowledge, & Technology
Medical Sociology

National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) - Science,
Technology & Society (STS), SES-1632596, 2016-2018
Price Lab for Digital Humanities Project Support Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research,
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Ethical, Legal and Social Implications
(ELSI) Research Program, 2012-2014, R01-HG115848-03S1
Rosenberg-Hill Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2012-2014
Graduate Student Research Grant, University of California Center for New Racial Studies, 2012
Graduate Division Dean’s Health Science Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2012
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Fellowship,
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), 1-R25-GM56847, 2007-2012