Alexis Takahashi (aka ATAK) is a multiracial activist passionate about creating new models for building knowledge that are rooted in community values. She recently abandoned her job in academia to pursue urban farming and cooperative living. When she’s not micromanaging Free Radicals, she enjoys cycling the streets of Los Angeles, reading fiction, and shooting hoops. You can follow her at @atak91.
Works by Alexis Takahashi
- Hood Biologist Explains How to Decolonize All The Science - by Alexis Takahashi But first – what even is colonial science?
- Who Does the March For Science March For? - by Alexis Takahashi And what kind of science do we want to fight for?
- The Future of Free Radicals in the United States of Trump - by Alexis Takahashi Where do we go from here?
- Race is Not Biology, but Biology is Racialized - We think it’s confusing too. by Alexis Takahashi Many of our ideas about race are grounded in biological narratives of genetic difference. But what is the real relationship between race and biology?
- Why are Men Violent? - Hint: It’s not testosterone. by Alexis Takahashi Many people think of violence and aggression as natural, biological aspects of being a man. But science paints a different picture about the origins of male aggression.
- The Case Against Techno-Optimism - by Alexis Takahashi Technology is often cast as the solution to society’s woes, the ‘great equalizer’, the precursor to social progress. But does ‘techno-optimism’ hold up on closer examination?
- Memoirs of a Grant Writer: Uncovering the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex - Uncovering the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex by Alexis Takahashi What is the military-academic-industrial complex and how does it affect our science and our politics? Find out as we explore the inner workings of the Ivory Tower and its militarized past.
- What My Brother Taught Me About Science and Social Justice - By Alexis Takahashi Alexis thought neuroscience could find the cure for her brother’s mental illness. And then she found disability studies.
- Why Birdwatchers Can’t Save the World - The Limits and Possibilities of Citizen Science by Alexis Takahashi Citizen science has exploded in popularity in the last decade, with birdwatchers taking the lead in showcasing the power of public participation in science. But which segments of the public are invited to participate and which are excluded? And how can we practice a citizen … Continue reading Why Birdwatchers Can’t Save the World
- How Transphobia Gets Written Into Science and Medicine - Transphobia is written into our science and medicine and maintains a gender binary that denies lived experiences. Buried in the DSM-V's (the universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses in the US) diagnosis of 'Transvestic Fetishism' is a little known term called 'Autogynephilia', or "Sexually Aroused by Thought or Image of Self as Female". Learn more about how transphobia is perpetuated in science and medicine through inaccurate and dangerous medical terms and concepts such as autogynephilia.
- Biologist Rachel Levin Talks Transgender Research, Scientific Literacy, and Being an Activist-Scientist - Rachel Levin is a professor at Pomona College, where she teaches classes about ecology, animal behavior, and the intersections of biology, gender, and society. Her research career has spanned studying bird song in the Amazon to investigating the biological basis of transgender identity. Rachel was my undergraduate thesis advisor, personal mentor, and a big inspiration for this blog. I spoke with her about how she understands the intersections of science and activism through her work.