Mozersky, Jessica

Jessica Mozersky
PhD, 2009 - University College London
Post-doctoral Graduate Fellow


Jessica Mozersky received her PhD in Anthropology from University College London's interdisciplinary Institute of Human Genetics and Health.  Before coming to the New School, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies, and was also a visiting research fellow at the Fondation Brocher in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Mozersky's work broadly explores the cultural and ethical implications of new genomic technologies on notions of identity, race/ethnicity, kinship and reproduction. Her book, Risky Genes: Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity, examines the intersections of genetics and ethnic identity by exploring the implications for women of knowing that their risk of genetic breast cancer is associated with being Ashkenazi Jewish. This research is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the UK, as well as ten years working in clinical research for women at increased risk of genetic breast cancer.

Her current project examines the recent introduction of a new prenatal screening technology (called cell free DNA testing) that gives women accurate information about the health of their baby early in pregnancy.

Dr Mozersky is a founding member of an international comparative social science BRCA Network, and has recently co-edited a collection entitled Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the time of BRCA.

Recent Publications:


2014 - Gibbon, S, Joseph, G, Mozersky J, zur Nieden, A, and Palfner, S. (Eds) Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the time of BRCA, Routledge: London UK

2013 - Mozersky J. Risky Genes: Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity, Routledge: London UK

Peer Reviewed Articles

2014 - Mozersky J. and Gibbon, S. "Mapping Jewish Identities: Migratory Histories and the Transnational Re-framing of 'Ashkenazi BRCA Mutations' in the UK and Brazil" forthcoming in edited collection above, Routledge (in press)

2014 - Wagner, JK, Mozersky J and Pyeritz RE. "'Use it or lose it' as an alternative approach to protect genetic privacy in personalized medicine." Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations on the Ethical and Sociocultural Implications of Personalized Medicine 32: 198-201.

2013 - Mozersky, J. and Mennuti, MT. "Cell free fetal DNA testing - who will drive implementation?" Genetics in Medicine 15 (6): 433-434

2012 - Mozersky J. "Who's to Blame? Accounts of Genetic Responsibility and Blame among Ashkenazi Jewish Women at Risk of BRCA Breast Cancer" Sociology of Health and Illness 34 (5): 776-790

2011 - Mozersky J. "Repensando las consecuencias de las investigaciones de genetica medica en las poblaciones: el caso de los judios Ashkenazi" (Re-thinking the Consequences of Genetic Research for Populations: the Case of Ashkenazi Jews) Perspectivas Bioéticas 16 (30): 101-22.

2010 - Mozersky J. and Joseph, G. "Case Studies in the Co-Production of Populations and Genetics: the Making of 'at Risk' Populations in BRCA genetics" Biosocieties 5 (4): 415-39

2010 - Gibbon, S, Joseph, G, Kalender, U, Kampriani, E, Mozersky J, zur Nieden, A, and Palfner, S. "Perspectives on Globalising Genomics: The case of 'BRCA' breast cancer research and medical practice" Biosocieties 5 (4): 407- 414

2005 - Mozersky J. "A Sociologist in the Lab" Science and Public Affairs September: 12 

Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, 9th Floor, Room 921

Research Interests:
Genetics, Identity, Kinship, Reproduction, Race/Ethnicity, Bioethic

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