3.30.15 — Professor Kara Swanson has been selected as the 51st Robert D. Klein Lecturer.  She will deliver her talk, “Banking on the Body:  The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America” at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in the Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University. 

The Klein University Lecturer Award established in 1964, upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, honors a member of the teaching faculty who has contributed with distinction to his or her own field of study.  The University Lecture enables that faculty member to share the fruits of that scholarship with the University community and the general public.  In 1979, the award was renamed in tribute to the late Robert D. Klein, professor of mathematics, chairman of the Faculty Senate Agenda Community, and vice chairman of the Faculty Senate. 

Kara Swanson is an interdisciplinary scholar of intellectual property whose research brings history and science into conversation with legal doctrine and public policy.  Her work focuses on new forms of property arising out of science, technology and medicine, particularly those new kinds of property claimed in relation to the human body and its increasingly commodified bioproducts.  Professor Swanson is the author of Banking on the Body:  The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America, which appeared from Harvard University Press in 2014, as well as numerous journal and law review articles and book chapters; she has also written on patent law and innovation for popular audiences.  In 2011 she was recognized with the “New Voices in Gender Scholarship” award of the American Association of Law Schools. 

Professor Swanson joined Northeastern University as Associate Professor of Law in 2010, bringing with her nine years of experience in private practice in intellectual property with a top law firm in addition to her academic credentials.   Her many invited and refereed presentations include talks before policy makers as well as to academic audiences in law, medicine, science, history and gender studies.  She anchors the intellectual property curriculum in Northeastern’s School of Law and co-founded the university’s innovative combined JD/MS program in Law and Music Industry Leadership, for which she continues to serve as faculty advisor. 

Professor Swanson graduated from Yale University with a BS in molecular biology and biophysics in 1987.  She was awarded an MA in biochemistry at the University of California-Berkeley in 1988 and completed the JD at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law in 1992.  She received a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 2009. 

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