Hood Biologist

is creating essays on philosophies of biology, race/ism, gender & society

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Shay-Akil McLean (@Hood_Biologist) is a Queer Trans man racialized as Black, on stolen Indigenous land, educator, writer, public intellectual, human biologist & sociologist.  Shay-Akil is a PhD Candidate in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology (PEEC), specializing in STS/HASTS, race/ism, evolutionary theory, & population genetics.  He holds degrees in biological anthropology (BA & MA) & sociology (BA & MA) which he uses to study science, technology, & society, bioethics, medical ethics, philosophy of biology, population genetics, evolutionary theory, health inequities, & knowledge production. As a developing scholar, Shay-Akil studies how systems of human practices result in the differential distribution of health, illness, quality of life, and death. 

His Master's work in biological anthropology looked at the impact of food insecurity, poverty, & racial residential segregation on the dental health of low-income Black people in the 4th poorest city in the United States.  It is through this work that Shay-Akil began developing community-based grassroots interventions that focus on changing marginalized's people's relationships to knowledge & power.

The goal of Shay-Akil's work is to create spaces for strategic gains toward organizing communities against the structural violence that heavily effects disease risk & life determinants.  Shay-Akil has developed & facilitated workshops, teach-ins, Saturday school programs, & given guest lectures on a range of topics including:

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