Science and Technology Studies – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Curriculum Vitae – Updated November 2013
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Science & Technology Studies department at RPI. My research interests in STS encompass the sociological study of social movements, the politics of technology and design, as well as the anthropological study of scientific cultures. As a Ph.D. student at RPI, I have conducted research on a number of projects building up to my present research on efforts to manage and interpret data collected by citizen science water monitoring groups facing challenges posed by unconventional natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. This work is supported by funding from the RPI Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Fellowship, as well as from a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the the National Science Foundation (Award #1331080). I am currently in Pittsburgh conducting field research while also in residence as a visiting scholar at Duquesne University Sociology department, and as a visiting research scientist at the FracTracker Alliance.
Leading up to this work, I was the doctoral research assistant for Professor Abby Kinchy’s two-year NSF-funded “Mapping Knowledge Investments during the Marcellus Shale Gas Rush” project. More information on this project is available here. In the summer of 2011, I accompanied a research team, led by RPI professor Kim Fortun, to conduct ethnographic interviews at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development to better understand federal government research for environmental science. In 2010 I participated in the development of environmental sensing devices with graduate students in engineering and computer science, as part of RPI professor Ron Eglash’s NSF funded GK-12 program. This research led to my hosting a series of educational workshops with partner groups on the Navajo Nation in the summer of 2011, and culminated in receiving a paper commission in Spring 2011 from Intel Corporation’s Experience Insight Lab on the topic of Technology and Social Participation.
Prior to beginning doctoral studies, I was an instructor at Clark University (’01-’09) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (’05-’07), building and teaching courses in communications and culture, history of technology, as well as electronic arts and film studies. More information on these courses is available here. During this time I was also a resident caretaker for the Massachusetts Audubon Society (’07-’10), working on land-bank conservation projects, as well as facilitating environmental education programs with local community groups. I received an MFA from the SMFA (’03-’05), with concentration in new media and interactive installations, and received a BS in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (’93-’97).
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