“When you’re dealing with an institutional structure like global science, one of its core features is that it has been a racial structure,” says sociologist Anthony Ryan Hatch, an associate professor and chair of the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. Hatch works and lives at the intersection of several fields: health, the environment, criminal justice and medicine. He is the author of Silent Cell: The Secret Drugging of Captive America and Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America. This discussion is part of a speaker series hosted by the Black Employee Network at Springer Nature, the publisher of Scientific American. The series aims to highlight Black contributions to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)—a history that has not been widely recognized.