CASTAC Co-Chair and Contributor
CASTAC Co-Chair and Contributing Editor
- Read Posts by Emily Brooks
- I am an ethnographer and environmental social science scholar/practitioner, currently based in Washington, D.C. as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the National Park Service. I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, where I specialized in environmental anthropology and science and technology studies. My research explores the ecological politics of the arid West from an ethnographic and historical perspective, with a focus on water scarcity, climate change, and environmental temporalities.
- Contributing since May 9, 2014
Angela Kristin VandenBroek
- I am an anthropology PhD candidate at Binghamton University. I have just returned from the field where I was a visiting researcher at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology and a research fellow with the American-Scandinavian Foundation. My dissertation is an ethnography of Stockholm's startup ecosystem focused on the tensions—both productive and unproductive—that have arisen between the ambitions and moral commitments of entrepreneurs to do good and the way entrepreneurship is shaped and disciplined by Stockholm's "ecosystem" of public and private support organizations and infrastructures.
Additionally, I have worked in design and web development for more than a decade, specializing in branding and WordPress plugin and theme development.
- Contributing since January 2, 2012
Patricia G. Lange
- Read Posts by Patricia G. Lange
- Patricia G. Lange is an Anthropologist and Associate Professor of Critical Studies (undergraduate program) and Visual & Critical Studies (graduate program) at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Her work focuses on technical identity performance and use of video to express the self and civically engage. She is the author of Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies (Routledge, 2014). She also produced and directed the film Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media (2013) which provides a diachronic look at the rise and fall of YouTube as a social media site. Her website is: patriciaglange.org.
- Contributing since October 2, 2012
- Read Posts by Evan Conaway
- Evan P. Conaway is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation work examines how servers shape the way gamers experience place. Currently, he is exploring how gamers are using servers to preserve, memorialize, and restore virtual worlds, asking how virtual space is maintained and reproduced in relation to the material technologies that create it and what politics are embedded in present-day efforts to engage with the pasts of online game worlds.
- Contributing since July 26, 2016
- Read Posts by Rebekah Cupitt
- Rebekah is a lecturer in Digital Design at FMACS, Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, U.K. and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Human-Computer Interaction and Design at City, University of London where she lectures on Inclusive Design and Participatory Design Methods. She is also incoming co-chair for CASTAC and a board member of the European Network for Queer Anthropology. Her research focuses on the intersections of dDeaf identity, media technologies, and organisations.
- Contributing since February 13, 2017
- Read Posts by David Gerstle
- I am a Lecturer in Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, I study the production, popularization, and reception of evolution, biology, and genetics. I follow both historical and contemporary representations of human nature and evolution in popular media, policy, marketing, medical health, education, and activism. Within these social fields, evolutionary and biological science cross with simultaneous understandings of race, gender, sexuality, disability, and socio-economic class. In brief, this is human biology within the public imagination. I study its forms and impacts.
- Contributing since January 20, 2018
- I am a PhD Candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a 2019 fellow at the Center for Technology, Society, & Policy at UC Berkeley. My research explores the relationship between cultural values, technology practices, and the inner dimensions of mental and emotional life. My current dissertation project involves ethnographic research with creators and users of meditation apps, exploring how these tools construct and reflect definitions of mental health in the digital age. Prior to entering a doctoral program, I worked as a professional user experience designer and researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area—after earning a Master of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Psychology from New York University.
- Contributing since October 4, 2018
- Read Posts by Rebecca Perry
- I am a Research Associate at the National Air and Space Museum and visiting scholar at the University of Virginia, where I have taught the history of computer graphics (CG). I study computing, visual representation and digital 3D modeling. I am especially interested in the creative process and collaborations between CG artists and CG researchers in the entertainment industry, cultural preservation projects and in museums.
- Contributing since August 17, 2017
- Read Posts by Leonore Phillips
- After finishing my PhD on tech startups in Berlin at the University of Minnesota, I ventured outside of academia and am currently working as an applied anthropologist for Resideo Technologies as a User Experience (UX) Design Researcher. I am also currently working on my Masters in Software Engineering, specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT), at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. For the Platypus, I am interested in exploring topics associated with engineering work cultures, corporate impacts on software development, and the role of ethnography in tech environments. Other areas that excite me in the field of anthropology are technological/innovation imaginaries, computing ethics, and corporate anthropology.
- Contributing since May 4, 2019
Lina Pinto García
- Read Posts by Lina Pinto García
- Lina Pinto García (@linabeatri) is a PhD Candidate in Science and Technology Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada) and member of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE). Her research interrogates the relationship between biomedicine, vector-borne diseases, warfare and peace in Colombia (www.linapintogarcia.com). As a contributing editor at Platypus, she focuses on topics related to healthcare, biomedical research, non-humans, state ethnography, warfare and violence, and art-based ethnographic methodologies, with a particular interest in Latin America.
- Contributing since January 22, 2018
Former Co-Chair and Contributors
- Read Posts by Nick Seaver
- I'm an anthropologist who studies how people use technology to interpret, reproduce, and circulate sound. My current book project is titled Computing Taste: The Making of Algorithmic Music Recommendation, based on a long-term ethnographic study of the developers of music recommender systems. In previous research, I've studied the history of the player piano and experimental music.
- Contributing since April 10, 2013
- 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 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 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
- Read Posts by Jasmine McNealy
- Jasmine E. McNealy is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where she studies information, communication and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy.
- Contributing since February 25, 2016
Luis Felipe R. Murillo
- 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 Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an anthropologist of science and medicine, and her research focuses on biopolitics, biosecurity, and the multispecies turn, particularly in Latin America.
- Contributing since February 8, 2015
- 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 Meryl Alper
- Dr. Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Dr. Alper studies and teaches about the social implications of communication technologies, with a focus on youth and families, disability, and mobile media. She is the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014) and Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press, 2017). Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, she earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and History from Northwestern University. In her research and teaching, Dr. Alper also draws on her professional experience in educational children’s media as a researcher, strategist, and consultant with Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney. She can be found online at merylalper.com and Twitter @merylalper.
- Contributing since April 24, 2017
- Read Posts by Sareeta Amrute
- Sareeta Amrute studies digital technologies, labor, and equality. She is Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her first book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin, was published by Duke University Press in August 2016 and has received the Diana Forsythe Prize for the best book in anthropology on work, science, and/or technology, including biomedicine. In addition to developing ethical principles for technologists, Sareeta is interested in humor, rage, and all the emotions in between that digital technologies elicit.
- Contributing since August 19, 2016
- 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 Christopher Bates
- Christopher J. Bates is a fourth-year student in Criminology, Law and Society Department at UC Irvine. Chris’ employs novel spatial datasets, such as Google Street View, Twitter, and Socrata, and interdisciplinary methodology, from economics, criminology, & geography, to research the community context of crime. In addition to his research interests, Chris has a passion for using technology to publicly communicate research findings through websites, videos, and interactive applications.
- Contributing since May 22, 2018
- Read Posts by Jon Bialecki
- Jon Bialecki (Born 1969, JD 1997, Ph.D. 2009) is a fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His academic interests include the anthropology of religion, anthropology of the subject, ontology and temporality, religious language ideology, and religious Transhumanist movements. His ethnography A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement is out with the University of California Press, and he is currently writing a book on the intersection of Mormonism and Transhumanism.
- Contributing since November 22, 2016
- Read Posts by Adam Bobbette
- Adam Bobbette is a geographer with training in philosophy, cultural studies, architecture and landscape. His research relates to the intersections of people with vulnerable and volatile environments. Following a PhD from Cambridge, he is working on a book, “At Earth’s Edge: The Political Geology of Indonesia”, that focuses on the intersection of politics and geology through the lens of Indonesia’s volcanoes.
- Contributing since January 7, 2019
- Read Posts by Svetlana Borodina
- Svetlana Borodina is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Rice. Her work focuses on cultures of dis/ability and inclusion in contemporary Russia.
- Contributing since March 25, 2018
- 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 curricula; and the performances and silences of gender in relation to computing.
- Contributing since December 15, 2015
- 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 Jacob Campbell
- Jacob Campbell is an Environmental Anthropologist with the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, where he leads the social science team for the Chicago region. Along with museum colleagues, Jacob helped establish the Roots and Routes Initiative with the Chicago Park District and a network of community leaders, artists, and organizations. In Pembroke Township, he conducts qualitative participatory research with local landowners that informs decision-making about conservation and quality of life. Jacob also co-directs the Urban Ecology Field Lab undergraduate summer course, and collaborates with partners across Chicago to improve access to the city’s cultural institutions and natural areas for underrepresented residents. Jacob’s approach to community-based research and applied anthropology has emerged through two decades of work with groups that include the Zuni Tribe, Gulf Coast fisherman, and Trinidadian oilfield workers.
- Contributing since September 7, 2018
- 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 Elizabeth Churchill
- 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
- Read Posts by Nicholas D'Avella
- Nicholas D’Avella is a postdoctoral fellow at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. An ethnographer of contemporary Argentine economic life, he is currently completing his first manuscript, Concrete Dreams: Markets, Politics, and the Lives of Buildings in Post-Crisis Buenos Aires, an ethnographic study of a construction boom following Argentina’s economic and political crisis of 2001. Based on two years of fieldwork with real estate investors, architects, and neighborhood residents, the book describes how buildings were incorporated into post-crisis practices of economic investment, and how other forms of value were made to endure in the face of buildings’ increasingly central place in Argentine economic life.
- Contributing since April 18, 2016
- Read Posts by Tania DoCarmo
- I study culture, law & society at University of California Irvine (UCI), and am currently part of a collaborative project to develop UCI's Technology, Law and Society Institute. I'm generally interested in the construction of social problems at a global scale, intersections of crime and migration, and discourses around the power of storytelling. Prior to graduate school I worked ten years for an international organization in Brazil, Cambodia and the US on projects related to rights, violence, and human trafficking.
- Contributing since January 28, 2018
Madeleine Clare Elish
- Read Posts by denielle elliott
- Denielle Elliott is a socio-cultural anthropologist at York University in Toronto. Her work focuses on arts-based ethnography and the intersections of colonialism, medicine and science, and politics. She is the author of, Reimagining Science and Statecraft in Postcolonial Kenya: Stories from an African Scientist (2018, Routledge), and co-editor of A Different Kind of Ethnography (2017, UTP). Funding for this research has been provided by a Wenner-Gren Award for Anthropological Research.
- Contributing since September 23, 2018
- Read Posts by Richard Fadok
- Richard Fadok is a PhD candidate in the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society program at MIT. His dissertation on biomimicry explores how questions of nature, time, and ethics are contested and negotiated through contemporary ecological design in the United States.
- Contributing since March 31, 2019
- Read Posts by Bilge Firat
- Trained as a political anthropologist, I research questions of access and accountability through the corridors of power. My doctoral work honed in on the political and policy negotiations and lobbying during Turkey’s contentious integration to the EU in Brussels. My current research follows energy transport infrastructures connecting Europe and Asia via Turkey in their making. I am Assistant Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University.
- Contributing since July 17, 2017
- Read Posts by Rachel Fleming
- Rachel C. Fleming received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She studies technology, gender, work, and kinship in India and the US, particularly the impact of new jobs in information technology for women from different generations in Bangalore.
- Contributing since June 1, 2016
- Read Posts by M.M. Foreman
- 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 Ilana Gershon
- Ilana Gershon is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is interested in how new media affects highly charged social tasks, such as breaking up or hiring in the United States. She has written about how people use new media to end romantic relationships in her book The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media. Her current research addresses how new media affects hiring in the contemporary US workplace.
- Contributing since March 2, 2016
- 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 Timothy Gitzen
- I am an anthropologist, activist, and writer that researches security technologies and sexuality; viruses and infectious diseases; and social justice in South Korea. I am currently a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University. I curate posts on the securitization of science and technology and biosecurity, and am specifically interesting in pieces that take critical feminist and queer approaches to their work.
- Contributing since February 8, 2019
- Read Posts by Steven Gonzalez
- Steven Gonzalez conducts ethnographic research in IT facilities like server farms to investigate how technicians use their bodies and senses to manage thermodynamic conditions in climate-controlled spaces. Steven intends to tease out through linguistic analysis and participant observation, how cloud computing operators interact with sociotechnical phenomena like heat, cooling, airflow, power and computer servers, to better understand how facets of professional culture may contribute to energy waste. Steven is also interested in the environmental impact of the Cloud and how Anthropologists may be able to advise corporations and state agencies on how professional culture within the Cloud contributes to energy waste.
Steven Gonzalez holds a BA in Feminist Anthropology from Keene State College,an MA in Anthropology from Brandeis University and is currently a PhD student in the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS) program at MIT.
- Contributing since February 8, 2017
- Read Posts by Samantha Gottlieb
- Samantha Gottlieb is a medical anthropologist whose work focuses on health technologies and patient activisms. She has taught at California State University, East Bay, and was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society. Her first book, Not Quite a Cancer Vaccine, explored how the marketing and promotion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the U.S. elicited vaccine anxieties in parents and fostered distrust in the general public. Her current project has followed the open source community among people living with type 1 diabetes. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and examines the transition in the U.S. regulatory and commercial conceptions of the engaged patient.
- Contributing since April 19, 2019
- 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
- Read Posts by Amelia Hassoun
- Amelia Hassoun is a doctoral researcher in Sociocultural Anthropology. Her current research focuses on residents interacting with and creatively reworking the data-gathering technologies that permeate the Singaporean city-space, as well as the makers of these technologies. This project builds upon her Master's research at UCL on how values become encoded in software systems that process patient data in the NHS, as well as preliminary research with UCL's Why We Post project while an undergraduate at Yale. Before re-entering the wild world of academia, she worked as a patient website designer in London.
- Contributing since October 6, 2016
- Read Posts by Nell Haynes
- Nell Haynes is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Linguistic Anthropology at Northwestern University and affiliated faculty in the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. Her research addresses themes of performance, authenticity, globalization, and gendered and ethnic identification in Latin America. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theater. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Nell previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she published her first book, Social Media in Northern Chile. She is currently working on her second book, based on fieldwork in La Paz, Bolivia. The book explores how the pop culture spectacle of lucha libre featuring women as chola characters reflects and contributes to current debates over the nature of "authentic indigeneity" in Bolivia. Nell has also published in a number of edited and co-authored books, as well as prestigious academic journals.
- Contributing since April 30, 2018
- 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 Vincent Ialenti
- Vincent Ialenti is a Mellon Fellow at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities, a U.S. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a PhD Candidate in Cornell's Department of Anthropology. His ethnographic research explores how safety assessment experts working on Finland’s radioactive waste disposal project at Olkiluoto grappled with issues of deep time, death, collaboration, and succession.
- Contributing since February 27, 2016
- Read Posts by Stefan Johansson
- I am currently an industry PhD student at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and CEO for Begripsam. I work with accessibility and digital inclusion, mostly in Sweden.I am specially interested in design processes and methods for including people with disabilities in design processes. I often work with Action Research approaches.
- Contributing since May 24, 2018
- 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
- Read Posts by Ashley Rose Kelly
- 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 Ali Kenner
- My research and teaching focus on 1) environmental health and the politics of care, 2) the spaces in which health and disease are produced (homes, cities, clinics, and public health networks), and 3) how embodied experiences of health and disease are technologically mediated. My first book project has focused on the experiences of asthmatics and environmental sense. I also lead a Philadelphia-based project focused on air quality, sustainability, and health in the context of late industrialism.
- Contributing since March 20, 2013
- Read Posts by Kristina Lyons
- Kristina Lyons is Assistant Professor of Feminist Science Studies and Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also on the advisory board of the Science & Justice Research Center. Kristina is currently working on a book project entitled, Decomposition as Life Politics: Soil Practitioners and Vital Spaces in the Colombian Amazon. This manuscript is based on more than ten years of fieldwork in Colombia where she engaged in an ethnography of human-soil relations across laboratories, greenhouses, gardens, and farms with soil scientists in the capital city of Bogotá, and small farmers and rural social movements in the Andean-Amazonian foothills of Putumayo.
- Contributing since March 6, 2016
Laura Malagon Valbuena
Kyrstin Mallon Andrews
- Read Posts by Kyrstin Mallon Andrews
- I am a PhD candidate in anthropology at UC Irvine. I'm currently conducting dissertation research in the coastal waters of the Dominican Republic with diver fishermen and environmental officials, tracing the trends of interactions between conservation and local fishing communities. The themes of my research include human-nonhuman relations, affect and health, and processes of state-making in aqueous territories.
- Contributing since May 1, 2018
- Read Posts by Savannah Mandel
- Savannah is currently employed at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. She recently earned an MSc from University College London in Social Anthropology. Her research is on the anthropology of human space exploration and during Spring of 2018 she conducted fieldwork at Spaceport America. Her blog posts for CASTAC have been inspired by technoscapes, material culture and a deep love of all things extraterrestrial. In her spare time she watches and reads all the science-fiction she can find, writes novels and other short stories.
- Contributing since March 16, 2018
- Read Posts by Meg Martin
- Meg Martin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Her dissertation explores the evolution of digital therapeutics as an industry space in tandem with its regulatory framework in the United States.
- Contributing since April 2, 2019
- Read Posts by Ben McMahan
- My work focuses on risk, resilience/vulnerability, and disaster within the context of the built environment (including energy systems infrastructure). My current focus is on climate and environmental risks in the arid Southwest, while previous work focused on hurricanes and disaster on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
- Contributing since April 19, 2017
- Read Posts by Chandra Middleton
- Chandra is a PhD candidate in the anthropology department at the University of California, Irvine. Having returned to graduate school after a career in law, she is currently conducting fieldwork in Washington, DC, on rulemaking, bureaucracy, and environmental policy.
- Contributing since September 30, 2017
- Read Posts by Aftab Mirzaei
- I am an interdisciplinary researcher and PhD student in the Science and Technology Studies program at York University, in Toronto. My research questions the anthropocene contemporary as a gaseous state and an ambience within which different matters—political, affective and substantial—condense. More specifically, I am interested in the feeling and experience of smart atmospheres, and new rhetorical situations which take shape amongst bodies, and smart objects, and environments.
I hold an MA from York’s STS program, which I completed with a thesis on “How Data Matters and Comes to Have Matter.” Prior to this, I was a project manager and researcher in a technology lab which facilitated access to blocked social media channels for Iranian citizens.
- Contributing since November 11, 2018
- Ruth Morgan is a Senior Research Fellow in the History Program at Monash University. She has published widely on the climate and water histories of Australia and the British Empire, including her award-winning book, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (2015). Her current project, on environmental exchanges between British India and the Australian colonies, has been generously supported by the Australian Research Council (DECRA) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is also a co-investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, "Water and the Making of Urban Australia" and a Lead Author in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Assessment Report 6.
- Contributing since March 18, 2019
- Read Posts by Alex Nading
- Alex Nading is a medical and environmental anthropologist and Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. His co-author Josh Fisher is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University. Co-Author Chantelle Falconer is an anthropologist at the University of Toronto. Together, the three authors are involved in the National Science Foundation funded study "A Political Ecology of Value: A Cohort-Based Ethnography of Urban Social Policy" (NSF Award 1648667). The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the NSF for this work, as well as that of the Nicaragua site team, Maria de Jesus Zepeda, Karen Lopez, and Haydee Abarca.
- Contributing since May 22, 2018
- 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
María Fernanda OlarteSierra
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- I am an ethnographer of science and technology. I have been working on technologies of memory practices and knowledge productions regarding processes of dealing with the past. My main focus has been on forensic specialists and the in-between place in which they are positioned as fundamental actors for investigating and identifying victims and perpetrators, while at the same time their qualitative experiences as main actors go largely overlooked. I am currently addressing the work of forensic specialists working on the Colombian armed conflict.
- Contributing since April 2, 2018
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- 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
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- Bryce Peake is a media anthropologist, and an Assistant Professor of Media & Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research focuses on the ways political actors' somatic experiences are structured by the gendered and racialized histories of media technosciences. Bryce is currently completing a monograph about masculinity and colonial media sciences in the British Mediterranean, and has begun comparative ethnographic work in the US, UK, Malta, and Gibraltar on the somatic experiences of white nationalist infopolitics in the moments of Trump and Brexit. 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
Martin Perez Comisso
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- Simone is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine. She is working on a dissertation about environmental crisis, resource extraction, and settler colonialism in the Dead Sea area.
- Contributing since February 20, 2016
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- I am an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Michigan State University. My research focuses on the intersections of water rights and infrastructure, the science and micropolitics of climate change, and urbanization in Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Through my work I also seek to expand the methods toolkit for social science research in human-environmental relations through engagement in interdisciplinary collaborations and methodological innovation.
- Contributing since September 25, 2017
- Read Posts by Elizabeth Rodwell
- is a anthropologist of media and technology with a primary focus on Japan. Her dissertation / manuscript is on the development of interactive, social television in Japan as a tool for resistance to censorship. During the 2016-17 academic year she is a Visiting Research Fellow at Rice University, and an anthropology instructor at the University of Houston-Downtown. She also somehow works full-time as a UX Researcher for ChaiOne, in Houston, TX.
- Contributing since February 6, 2015
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- I am a speech and language therapist researcher, based at City, University of London, UK. My research focuses on aphasia and technology - generally seeking to explore and address very practical implementations of technology which aim to rehabilitate and empower people living with aphasia.
- Contributing since July 31, 2018
- 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
- Read Posts by Maria-Theres Schuler
- Maria-Theres Schuler is a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich. Her dissertation explores disability among refugees and focuses on people’s engagement with the aid system in a refugee settlement in Uganda. From 2014 to 2017 she was a PhD candidate in the Swiss National Science Foundation-funded project ‘Disability and Technology in Uganda from Local and Global Perspectives’. From 2017 to 2018 she was a visiting PhD fellow at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She has recently contributed a piece titled ‘Discomfort, complaints, and claims. Conducting fieldwork with refugees with disabilities’ (2018) to the Medicine Anthropology Theory ‘Dissertating’ section.
- Contributing since September 14, 2018
Scott W Schwartz
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- I am a PhD candidate and Adjunct Lecturer at the City University of New York (CUNY). My research centers on the material culture of knowledge production, specifically the intersection of quantification and vulnerability. I have conducted fieldwork in the Orkney Islands, Iceland, the Aeolian Islands, and New York City. I am a frequent collaborator with artists and curators, with some such manifestations appearing in the Queens Museum and Radiator Gallery.
- Contributing since February 8, 2019
Néstor L. Silva
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- Alexander Taylor is a PhD Researcher with the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is currently conducting an ethnographic study of extreme data storage practices, exploring how the infrastructures, technologies and materialities of data storage intersect with imaginations of dystopian digital futures in the data centre industry.
- Contributing since June 5, 2017
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- Alex is a sociologist working at Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK). He has undertaken investigations into a range of routine and often mundane aspects of everyday life. For instance, he's developed what some might see as an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter and similar seemingly banal subject matter. Most recently, he’s begun obsessing over computation and wondering what the compulsion for seeing-data-everywhere might mean for the future of humans and machines.
- Contributing since March 20, 2017
- Read Posts by Jen Telesca
- Jennifer E. Telesca is Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to ocean studies, spanning the interests of the human–animal relationship, science and technology, political ecology and environmental diplomacy.
- Contributing since April 2, 2017
- Read Posts by William Thomas
- Will Thomas received his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2007. He has held postdoctoral positions at the American Institute of Physics and Imperial College London, and is currently a senior historian at History Associates, Inc. He has blogged about historiography and historical methodology at his blog, Ether Wave Propaganda, since 2008.
- Contributing since March 29, 2016
Jennifer Jo Thompson
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- Matt Watson teaches anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. He has published on cosmopolitics and the history of Maya studies in journals that include American Anthropologist, Social Studies of Science, Cultural Critique, and Theory, Culture & Society. He's now writing an archive-based experimental ethnography on Maya hieroglyphic decipherment as a scientific and spiritual practice. Although he has some Luddite tendencies, his future plans include subtweeting his way to the top.
- Contributing since May 3, 2016
Melissa K. Wrapp
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- Melissa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UC Irvine. Her research investigates property and the politics of urban densification projects in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Contributing since February 14, 2018
- I study the contributions of technicians, students, and volunteers to knowledge and community in science and engineering.
- Contributing since February 8, 2019
- Read Posts by Everett Zhang
- Everett Yuehong Zhang is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and Anthropology at Princeton University. His current research compares the Tangshan earthquake in 1976 and the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, to explore how different ways of mourning the loss of life make a huge difference in producing life’s worthiness or unworthiness in China and how public grieving has become a crucial site of struggle for justice and well-being.
- Contributing since November 14, 2016