CASTAC Co-Chair and Contributors
Patricia G. Lange
Angela Kristin VandenBroek
- I am a doctoral student at Binghamton University studying the intersection of programming and ethnography. I have a MA in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi, a BS from Grand Valley State University, and professional web development experience. I use anthropological knowledge and methods to create web designs and systems that reflect the people that use them.
- Contributing since January 2, 2012
- Read Posts by Ian Lowrie
- I'm currently a doctoral student in the sociocultural program at Rice University. My dissertation research treats infrastructural uses of machine intelligence in the United States and Russia.
- Contributing since November 30, 2012
- Read Posts by Jamie Sherman
- Jamie Sherman holds an M.A. in Gender, Performance, and Religion from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study (2003) and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University (2011). Her most recent research is on emergent and shifting practices of body, self, and technology in contemporary US society. She should be working harder to complete her ethnography of play, pain and self-transformation at an “all natural” bodybuilding gym in Brooklyn, NY, but instead she is reading and commenting on blogs.
- Contributing since April 13, 2013
- Read Posts by Emily Wanderer
- Emily is an anthropologist of science and medicine and is currently a visiting lecturer at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on biopolitics and biosecurity, particularly in Latin America.
- Contributing since February 8, 2015
- Read Posts by Adam Webb-Orenstein
- Adam Webb-Orenstein is a PhD student in anthropology at Rice University. His research is on digital media at the intersection of finance capital and technological innovation.
- Contributing since April 23, 2014
Outreach Manager and Regular Contributor
- Read Posts by Allison Fish
- Allison is a postdoctoral fellow with the Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at UC Davis. Trained in both law and anthropology, her research explores recent developments surrounding one key mechanism impacting access to knowledge and cultural heritage - intellectual property rights (IPRs). The project addresses the globalization and commodification of South Asian traditional medical/spiritual systems and the ramifications this has for local and international markets and legal systems.
- Contributing since February 25, 2014
- Read Posts by Charlotte Linde
- Charlotte Linde is an anthropologist and linguist at NASA Ames Research Center. Her informal title is Socio-RocketScientist: probably the only one in the world.
She is the author of two books on narrative and memory: "Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence" and "Working the Past: Narrative and Institutional Memory," both Oxford University Press.
- Contributing since February 25, 2013
Luis Felipe R. Murillo
- Read Posts by Adrienne Young
- "Independent" scholar, MA Anthropology,George Washington U., ABD Ethology @ Michigan. Working peripherally in academia at Michigan. Interests: Popular culture, embodiment, politics, medicine, etc.
- Contributing since January 24, 2013
- Read Posts by Roberto Barrios
- Roberto Barrios is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Orleans in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2004. His research has explored the ways disaster-affected populations navigate NGO and governmental disaster reconstruction policies and practices, with a specific focus on how issues of personhood, embodiment, neoliberalism, governmentality, and developmentalism play out in these contexts.
- Contributing since May 25, 2014
- Read Posts by Samantha Breslin
- I am a PhD Candidate in anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. My research explores the "making" of computer scientists in Singapore, looking at knowledge-making practices in computer science; personal and national imaginaries about computing; local and transnational networks of computing students, professors, knowledges, practices, and curriculums; and the performances and silences of gender in relation to computing.
- Contributing since December 15, 2015
- Read Posts by Emily Brooks
- I'm a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and a Graduate Research Associate with the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. My dissertation project investigates the science and cultural politics of slow ecological disasters through a focus on water scarcity, climate change, and applied environmental science in the Southern California desert.
- Contributing since May 9, 2014
- Read Posts by Nicola Bulled
- Nicola Bulled is a Fogarty Foundation/NIH post-doctoral fellow with the Center for Global Health at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on infectious diseases in highly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in the U.S. and southern Africa, with an aim to guide the development of culturally informed interventions and health policy.
- Contributing since October 8, 2014
- Read Posts by Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel
- Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel holds a PhD in Geography and Science and Technologies Studies from the University of Paris-Est, where she studied at the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS), at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. She is interested in the ways in which practices and methodologies of data science transform production of knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as scientific personae and trajectories within the academic institution.
Her PhD research focused on the creation of hybrid communities and the transformation of subjects (both resident/expert) and space, facing risk of natural disasters in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Previously researcher at EPFL, Switzerland, she worked on research projects questioning the definition of “science”, “society”, “future” and “risk”. She also participated to join research-action project with UN Agencies (ISRD, WHO) in Madagascar.
Before going back to graduate school, she was a civil servant in French Embassy in South Africa and an NGO project coordinator for Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI) in Afghanistan and Indonesia. She also worked as a web and freelance journalist, having collaborated with French local and national newspapers.
She received her MA in Cultural Geography from Université de Reims, France; and MA and BA in Information and Communications Sciences from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.
- Contributing since December 1, 2015
- Read Posts by Melissa Cefkin
- Melissa Cefkin is a Principal Scientist & Design Anthropologist at Nissan Research in Silicon Valley where she explores the potential of having autonomous vehicles as interactive agents in the world. She completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Rice University and has years (decades?) experience at the intersection of ethnographic and anthropological research with design, business and technical system development. Previously she worked at IBM Research, Sapient Corporation and the Institute for Research on Learning. Melissa is the author of numerous publications including the Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter (editor, Berghahn Books 2009) and served in a wide range of the leadership roles, including president and conference co-chair, for the EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference) organization.
- Contributing since January 23, 2016
- Read Posts by efchurchill
- Elizabeth Churchill is Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs. A psychologist by training, Elizabeth has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining eBay, Elizabeth led and contributed to research in Human Computer Interaction, social computing, social media and socio-technical design at Yahoo Research labs, at PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center) and FX Palo Laboratory, Fuji Xerox's lab in Palo Alto.
- Contributing since March 25, 2013
Madeleine Clare Elish
- Read Posts by MMF
- M.M. Foreman is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches courses on economic and political anthropology. She won the 2014 Public Anthropology Series International Book Competition with her co-author Phil Kao for "Boomtown and the Culture of American Inequality."
- Contributing since August 20, 2015
- Read Posts by Martin Gibbs
- Martin Gibbs is a Senior Lecturer in department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie at the intersection between Science Technology Studies (STS) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with an ongoing interest in Game Studies. Current projects include: the adoption and appropriation of High-Speed Broadband in the home; Digital Commemoration; Tabletop Gaming and Social, Natural User Interfaces.
- Contributing since October 11, 2013
- Read Posts by Yuliya Grinberg
- I am a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at Columbia University. My work examines the expansion of self-tracking and the social impact of personal data increasingly generated by mobile applications and sensor technology. I am particularly interested in data aesthetics and the relationship between data and embodiment.
- Contributing since October 5, 2015
- Read Posts by Matt Hale
- Matt Hale is a dual PhD student at Indiana University, Bloomington within the Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Communication and Culture departments and an Associate Instructor in later department. He holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. His research focuses on fandom and participatory cultures and popular media reception and response in general and, in particular, on the art and craft of cosplay.
- Contributing since August 9, 2013
David J. Hess
- Read Posts by Heather Horst
- Heather A. Horst is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Co-Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and a Research Fellow in the MA Program in Digital Anthropology at University College London. A sociocultural anthropologist by training, Heather’s research focuses upon new media, material culture, and transnational migration. She is the co-author of The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Living and Learning with Digital Media: Findings from the Digital Youth Project (Ito, Horst, et al., 2009, MIT Press), and Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press). Her most recent book, to be released in October 2012, is an edited volume with Daniel Miller entitled Digital Anthropology.
- Contributing since March 26, 2013
- Read Posts by Sharon Kaufman
- Sharon Kaufman is Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work explores topics at the intersection of medical knowledge and society’s expectations for health. Her research has examined: the changing culture and structure of US medicine; health care delivery at the end-of-life; the relationship of biotechnologies to ethics, governance and medical practice; the shifting terrain of evidence in clinical science; practices of risk assessment; and mistrust of science.
- Contributing since November 11, 2015
Ashley Rose Kelly
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- Ashley Rose Kelly earned her Ph.D. at NC State and will join Purdue's Brian Lamb School of Communication in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor.
Kelly's research focuses on rhetorical theory, genre theory, and science studies and has been published in Communication Monographs, Environmental Communication, and several other communication-related venues. As well, she writes for the PLOS Citizen Sci blog, Scistarter, and Discover's Citizen Sci Salon.
She has taught courses in scientific and technical communication as well as in science, technology, and society (STS).
- Contributing since April 10, 2014
- Read Posts by Claire Nicholas
- I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. I'm especially interested in design, design education, and craft in Morocco and North America.
- Contributing since June 16, 2015
- Read Posts by Valerie Olson
- Valerie Olson is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She studies the making and governance of large scale environmental systems and extremities.
- Contributing since May 5, 2015
- Read Posts by Bryce Peake
- In Fall 2015, Bryce Peake will be an Assistant Professor of Media & Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). A media anthropologist and historian of communication technology, his research focuses on media technosciences, information politics, feminist social theory, and research praxis in politically contested spaces. His work has been published in Cultural Studies, Communication & Critical Cultural Studies, and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.
- Contributing since April 15, 2015
- Read Posts by Andrew Schrock
- Andrew Schrock is a Ph.D candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He primarily researches mobile collectives and the platforms that support them. He also likes thinking & talking about hackers (hackerspaces, civic data hacking).
- Contributing since March 19, 2013