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Society for Social Studies of Science

Current Officers and Council

Officers, 2016

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University of California Irvine

Kim Fortun is a Professor and Department Chair in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology.  Her research and teaching focus on environmental risk and disaster, and on experimental ethnographic methods and research design.  Her research has examined how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability. Fortun helps lead The Asthma Files (a collaborative project to understand how air pollution and environmental public health are governed in different contexts), the Disaster-STS Research Network and the Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography.  

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University of Southern Indiana

Stephen Zehr is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern Indiana.  His research interests are in science-based environmental controversies, focusing on the representation of scientific expertise in the media and policy deliberations.

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University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Paige Miller is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, USA.  Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, work and organizations, science and technology, and globalization.

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Louisiana State University

Wesley Shrum is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University, which is the best job on the planet.  His primary areas of scholarly interest are video ethnographic methods and the research systems of Africa and Asia, particularly the impacts of information and communications technology on the social networks of scientists. He directs the Ethnografilm festival in Paris each April, for four days of ethnographic and documentary films at the Ciné 13 Théâtre in Montmartre and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Video Ethnography.  From 1987 to 2013 he served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Society for Social Studies of Science. 


Term expires Fall, 2018

Sara Wylie

Northeastern University

Sara Wylie is an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s new Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. Wylie is jointly appointed in Sociology/Anthropology and Health Sciences. She is also a [JBP Environmental Health Fellow] with Harvard School of Public Health. She teaches Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Sociology and Community Based Participatory Research Health Sciences. 

Gwen Ottinger

Drexel University

Gwen Ottinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University, and author of Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges.  Her research aims to foster more environmentally just forms of science, technology, and expertise.  Currently, she is working on a history of community-based air toxics monitoring, and on bringing together activists, health researchers, and information designers to create better tools for interpreting real-time air quality data.

Oscar Javier Maldonado Castañeda

Linköping University

Oscar Javier Maldonado is a sociologist working primarily in science and technology studies and medical sociology. His main research interest is to understand the intersections between governance and quantification in healthcare using the analytical resources provided by material semiotics, feminist technoscience, anthropology of markets and political sociology of science. Oscar completed his Ph.D. in Sociology (Lancaster University, 2015) and currently he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA-T) at Linköping University (Sweden) and Associated researcher of the Group of Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine at National University of Colombia (Colombia).

Term Expires, Fall 2019

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Cornell University

Steven Jackson is an Associate Professor of Information Science and Dean of William Keeton House at Cornell University.  He teaches and conducts research in the areas of human-computer interaction, technology policy, and global development, with special interest in problems of time, maintenance and repair, and the nature and range of human-object relations (as expressed with and through technology).  His academic work has included field studies with groups seeking to deploy new computational infrastructures in fields ranging from ecology to fine art furniture production; how new social computing practices may violate and remake existing cultural norms around privacy, ownership, and creativity; and how emerging infrastructures may complicate our basic cultural practices around the production, sharing, and contestation of knowledge.  Above all however he cares about technology in its human dimensions, and argues that the value and interest of technology (if any) lies ultimately in its capacity to extend, augment, and realize core human relationships and possibilities with and through the material worlds around us.

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Instituto de Estudios Avanzados IDEA-USACH

Gloria Baigorrotegui is an assistant professor in the Institute of Advances Studies at the University of Santiago of Chile. Her areas of research are related within socio technical analysis of energy, technologies, environment and activisms; and relationships between engineering, expertise and collectives. I have research experience in policy areas too, including energy policy, and government local planning.

Anita Say Chan

University of Illinois

Anita Say Chan is an Associate Research Professor of Communications in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in Latin America, and hybrid pedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was released by MIT Press in 2014. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She is faculty affiliate at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the Illinois Informatics Institute, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP)

Term Expires, Fall 2020

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University of Cape Town

Lesley Green is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Environmental Humanities South, a research centre at the University of Cape Town.    Her current research focuses on race and the making of an environmental public in a time of climate disorder, linking the critique of modernist thought with the work of postcolonial and decolonial thinkers. She is the author of Rock | Water | Life: Essays from South Africa on Science and Decoloniality (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2018).  In January 2018, she will take up a Fulbright at the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Federal University of Parana

Noela Invernizzi is an Uruguayan Anthropologist, and holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (University of Campinas, Brazil). She works at the Education School and the Public Policy Program at the Federal University of Parana, in Curitiba, Brazil. Her research interests include: automation and workers’ skills and employment conditions, science policy in developing countries, and the social implications of nanotechnology. 

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Macalester College

Roopali is Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. Her research and teaching focus on the inextricable linkages between climate, water and energy policy and politics. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2003. Prior to joining the Macalester faculty, Roopali served as a NSF postdoctoral fellow in the STS Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Over the last twenty years, her work has focused on the politics of public deliberation and engagement in technology design. On issues ranging from hydropower to wind energy, she has examined how participatory design and deliberation techniques produce locally relevant meanings that root artifacts, like dams and wind turbines, to a sense of place.  She is currently the PI on a NSF-sponsored study called Mining Futures, focusing on the rare earth metals necessary for the post-carbon global economy.  

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Linköping University

Teun Zuiderent-Jerak is LiU Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change of Linköping University, Sweden, and author of Situated Intervention; Sociological Experiments in Health Care. His research focuses broadly on questions in social studies of health care and medicine and includes the study of evidence appraisal in relation to human rights, knowledge standardization and quality improvement practices in health care, the construction of markets for public values, and STS research that explicitly aims to intervene in the practices it studies.

Student Representatives

Erika Amethyst Szymanski

University of Otago

Erika Szymanski is a Research Fellow in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research concerns the shape and productivity of multispecies and interdisciplinary relationships in synthetic biology with a particular focus on yeast and whole genome engineering. She is interested in human-microorganism co-working relationships, how metaphors create visibility and invisibility, interdisciplinary science communication, and wine research. 

Margarita Rayzberg

Northwestern University

Margarita Rayzberg is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department at Northwestern University. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Her academic interests include history and sociology of knowledge, with a focus on the social sciences. She is currently completing her dissertation on the history and practices of the experimental method in economics in the context of U.S. foreign technical aid.

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York University

Aadita Chaudhury is a PhD student at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada.  She completed a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. Her research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities. Currently, she's exploring the dynamic relationship between the human body and the biophysical environment through the lens of the politics and poetics of the so-called Anthropocene, with a focus on feminist decolonial praxis.