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Society for Social Studies of Science

Current Officers and Council

Officers, 2016

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Lancaster University

Lucy Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.  Her research has involved ethnographic studies of practices of technology design and use, and critical engagement with projects in the design of humanlike machines, informed by feminist science and technology studies.  Her current research extends her longstanding engagement with the field of human-computer interaction to the domain of contemporary war fighting, including the figurations that animate military training and simulation, and problems of ‘situational awareness’ in remotely-controlled weapon systems.  

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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, 2017

Tania Pérez Bustos

Universidad Nacional de Colombia 

I am associate professor at the School of Gender Studies in the National University of Colombia.  Her areas of research are related to the feminist politics of knowledge circulation especially in popular settings (media, non formal education settings, initiatives of scientific engagement with broad publics) and to the cultural feminization of certain practices related to science and technology. Her field work has developed in southern countries, mainly India and Colombia, but has also tended networking and academic reflection with universities in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Shobita Parthasarathy

University of Michigan

Shobita Parthasarathy is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She studies the politics of knowledge and expertise, and the governance challenges posed by emerging science and technology, particularly genetics and biotechnology, in cross-national perspective. She is the author of numerous articles and a book, Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007). Findings from this book, which compared the development of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer in the United States and Britain, helped to inform the 2013 US Supreme Court case over gene patents. She is now completing a book comparing the life form patent controversies in the United States and Europe, focusing on 1980 to the present.

Daniel Breslau

Virginia Tech

Daniel Breslau (Ph.D. 1993, University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech. He has written on many aspects of the social sciences in the constitution of modern institutions. His current research deals with the contestation of markets, with particular reference to electric power. He examines the ways that economic models and engineering practices mediate the social struggle over this critical resource.

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).

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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)

Student Representatives:

John Lunsford
Cornell University

John Lunsford is second-year student representative in 4S and a Ph.D. student in Communication at Cornell University. His research focuses on the ways technology impacts how people understand themselves and each other. Currently, he is involved in projects that investigate the seen and unseen ways technology intersects with our daily lives. He is also exploring the way understanding of science and technology is negotiated across academic disciplines, as well as corporate, federal and financial institutions and on to the public. 

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.