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Ken Alder

Ken Alder (Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard) is a Milton H. Wilson Professor in the Humanities. He studies the history of science and technology in the context of social and political change. His first book, Engineering the Revolution: Army and Enlightenment in France (Princeton, 1997; Chicago, 2010), won the 1998 Dexter Prize from the Society of the History of Technology. His second book, The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error that Transformed the World (The Free Press, 2002), examined the origins of the metric system in Revolutionary France. This book has been translated into 12 languages and won the Davis Prize (HSS), the Dingle Prize (BSHS), and the Kagan Prize (The Historical Society). His most recent book, The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession (The Free Press, 2007; Bison Books, 2009) examines the fraught relation between truth and justice in twentieth-century United States. He was awarded a fellowship at the Kaplan Humanities Institute for 2019-2020 for his project on the history of technology.

Lydia Barnett

Lydia Barnett (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011) specializes in Early Modern Europe and her work explores the intersections of science, religion, and the environment in transnational contexts. Her current book, After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe explores the scientific imagination of global natural disasters at the turn of the eighteenth century. This global catastrophic imaginary was enabled by the expansion of long-distance networks (commercial, imperial, religious, and scholarly) and gave rise to new forms of environmental consciousness that were strongly linked to both Christian theology and imperial ideology.

Adia Benton

Adia Benton

Associate Professor
Anthropology and Program of African Studies

adia.benton@northwestern.edu

Adia Benton (Ph.D., Harvard University) is has interests in global health, biomedicine, development and humanitarianism and professional sports. She is also interested in patterns of inequality in the distribution of and the politics of care in settings “socialized” for scarcity. This means understanding the political, economic and historical factors shaping how care is provided in complex humanitarian emergencies and in longer-term development projects – like those for health. These concerns arise from her previous career in the fields of public health and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Her book, HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (University of Minnesota, 2015), explores the treatment of AIDS as an exceptional disease and the recognition and care that this takes away from other diseases and public health challenges in poor countries. It was awarded the 2017 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society from the Social Studies of Science. She is currently working on the global movement to improve access to quality surgical care in poor countries, using it as a case study for describing and understanding ideological formations in global public health.
Pablo Boczkowski

Pablo Boczkowski

Professor
Communication Studies

pjb9@northwestern.edu

Pablo Boczkowski (Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell) is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina. His research program looks at the transition from print to digital media, focusing on news from a comparative perspective. He has published several books, three edited volumes, and written dozens of articles. He is currently working on his next book monograph, tentatively entitled “Social Network News."

Lina Britto

Lina Britto

Associate Professor
History

lina.britto@northwestern.edu

Lina Britto (Ph.D. New York University) specializes in Modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work situates illegal narcotics networks in Colombia, particularly marijuana, in the context of a growing articulation between the country and the United States during the Cold War. She has published in Revista Contemporánea, the Hispanic American Historical Review (spring 2015), North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and El Espectador (Colombia). Her courses at Northwestern focus on the hemispheric history of narcotic trafficking, the war on drugs, popular music, and oral history.

Charles Camic
Charles Camic (Ph.D., Sociology, Chicago) is a John Evans Professor of Sociology. His areas of interest include the sociology of knowledge, the history of the social sciences, classical and contemporary sociological theory (with a special emphasis on Max Weber and Pierre Bourdieu), and science studies. In recent years, his work has centered on examining the social processes by which the social sciences took shape and developed in the United States in the period from 1880 to 1940. With Michele Lamont and Neil Gross, he has edited Social Knowledge in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 2011). He is currently completing an intellectual biography of Thorstein Veblen, which uses STS scholarship to analyze the making of a new type of economic knowledge.
Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo

Professor
Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies

hector@northwestern.edu

Héctor Carrillo (Ph.D., Public Health, Berkeley) is interested primarily in the issues of health, biomedicine, and sexuality for Mexican and Latino/a immigrant populations. He is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the American Anthropological Association. He currently investigates the intersections of sexuality, migration, and heath among Mexican gay and bisexual men who have relocated to California, and the sexualities and sexual identities of heterosexually-identified men who are sexually attracted to both women and men. Dr. Carrillo is co-director of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies.
Jeannette Colyvas

Jeannette Colyvas

Associate Professor
School of Education and Social Policy

j-colyvas@northwestern.edu

Jeannette Colyvas (Ph.D., Education, Stanford) interests are in learning and organizational change. Her current research addresses university-industry relations, scientist collaboration networks, and the development and commercialization of academic research, particularly with respect to the biotech industry. She is interested in organizations and entrepreneurship, comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing, and the study of networks. Professor Colyvas teaches the course Tools for Organizational Analysis at Northwestern and while at Stanford co-taught graduate courses on the nonprofit sector with Professor Walter W. Powell. Her published work has appeared in the journals Management Science and Research in Organizational Behavior.

Scott Curtis

Scott Curtis

Associate Professor
Radio, Television and Film

scurtis@northwestern.edu

Scott Curtis (Ph.D., Film Studies, Iowa) studies scientific and medical filmmaking, specifically how scientists and physicians use moving images in their research, how the image itself is constructed as legitimate evidence, and how the use of it articulates particular conceptions of time, space, and the human body. He is especially interested in the ways that expert vision accommodates itself to moving images, which is the topic of his book, The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany (Columbia, 2015). His work on science and cinema has appeared in Science in Context, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, and other journals and anthologies, and he has organized symposia on the topic at Northwestern University and Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. Professor Curtis is currently the Director of the Communication Program at NU's campus in Qatar.
Penelope Deutscher
Penelope Deutscher (Ph.D., Philosophy, New South Wales) specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy and philosophy of gender. Other areas of special interest include theories of genealogy and biopolitics (Nietzsche, Foucault, Agamben). Her publications include Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (Routledge, 1997); A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell, 2002), How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton, 2006), and The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge, 2008)
Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein (Ph.D., Sociology, Berkeley) is the John C. Shaffer Professor in the Humanities. He studies the contested production of knowledge, especially biomedical knowledge, with an emphasis on the interplay of social movements, experts, and health institutions, and with a focus on the politics of sexuality, gender, and race. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (California, 1996) and Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research (Chicago, 2007), and he is a co-editor of Three Shots at Prevention: The HPV Vaccine and the Politics of Medicine’s Simple Solutions (Johns Hopkins, 2010). Epstein serves on the editorial board of the journals Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology, & Human Values; Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; and Public Understanding of Science. He is a past chair of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, and he has served on the council of the Society for Social Studies of Science. His current research examines the emergence and proliferation of the modern concept of “sexual health.”

Wendy Espeland
Wendy Espeland (Ph.D., Sociology, Chicago) works in the areas of organizations, culture, and law. Her book, The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest (Chicago, 1998) was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, the Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. She is currently writing a book about the effects of commensuration, the process of translating qualities into quantities. In it she investigates how media rankings have influenced higher education, how efforts to measure homosexuality have shaped gay and lesbian politics, and the commensurative practices necessary in order to transform air pollution into a commodity that is traded on futures markets.
Gary Fine

Gary A. Fine received his Ph. D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University and is a James E. Johnson Professor of Sociology. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is interested in understanding difficult reputations and problematic collective memories of figures such as Joseph McCarthy, Charles Lindbergh, Warren Harding, and Benedict Arnold. This research was published in Sticky Reputations: The Politics of Collective Memory in Midcentury America (2012). His current research involves shifting reputations and political positions of Southern segregationist politics and the examination of ruptures in political alliances. He was recently awarded a fellowship at the Kaplan Humanities Institute for 2019-2020 for his project on arts training in the American University.

Sanford Goldberg
Sandy Goldberg (PhD Columbia University, 1995) interests are in the theory of knowledge, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind, with a special interest in the social aspects of knowledge. He is the author of numerous articles as well as three books: Anti-Individualism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Relying on Others: An Essay in Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech (Oxford University Press, 2015). His research focuses on various aspects of knowledge communities: the use of language to spread knowledge; the division of intellectual labor; the way in which norms structure knowledge communities; disagreement; and other issues in social epistemology.
Carol Heimer

Carol A. Heimer (Ph.D., Sociology, Chicago) is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. She has written on risk and insurance Reactive Risk and Rational Action, organization theory Organization Theory and Project Management, (co-authored with Arthur Stinchcombe), the sociology of law and the sociology of medicine For the Sake of the Children, (co-authored with Lisa Staffen) and the winner of both the theory and medical sociology prizes of the American Sociological Association. A recipient of the Ver Steeg Award for graduate teaching, she usually teaches courses on law, medicine, and qualitative methods, with occasional forays in to topics such as the sociology of moral experience. Heimer is currently writing a book from her NSF-funded comparative study of the role of law in medicine,  The Legal Transformation of Medicine will be grounded in ethnographic work and interviews on the use of rules (broadly conceived) in HIV/AIDS clinics in the US, Uganda, South Africa, and Thailand.

Philip Hockberger
Philip Hockberger (Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois) is at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Associate VP for Research at Northwestern University. He has given more than 150 presentations to the public over the past 20 years aimed at fostering communication between scientists and society. He and Dr. Richard Miller co-teach an annual graduate course, Science & Society, that explores the intersection of these topics. They also lead an annual bioethics seminar for the Chicago Graduate Student Association, and serve as faculty mentors for the NU Science Policy Initiative (SPiN). As Associate VP for Research, he oversees core facilities administration and research planning and facilities.
Daniel Immerwahr

Daniel Immerwahr (Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley) specializes in the history of the United States within a global context and teaches U.S. intellectual history, U.S. foreign relations, and global history. His first book, Thinking Small (Harvard, 2015), offered a critical account of U.S. grassroots development projects, at home and abroad. He is particularly interested in the role that technology and infrastructure play in global power. His most recent book, How to Hide an Empire was published in 2019 and is about territories of the United States overseas.

Peter Locke

Peter Locke

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Anthropology

peter.locke@northwestern.edu

Peter Locke (Ph.D., Princeton) is a cultural and medical anthropologist focused on bringing ethnographic evidence to the comparative study of global health and humanitarian intervention in post-conflict societies. His field research, writing, and teaching all explore and critique the intersection of humanitarian work and reigning modes of evidence production in contexts of contentious local politics and lingering histories of conflict and mass violence. Locke’s doctoral research in Bosnia-Herzegovina examined how the urban poor cope with traumatic histories and rebuild their lives in a new post-war state and economy; more specifically, he charted the impact and sustainability of humanitarian psychiatry and psychosocial support services for war survivors in Sarajevo. Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, Locke served as a postdoctoral research associate and then as a lecturer for Princeton University’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy.

Anto Mohsin

Anto Mohsin

Assistant Professor
NU Qatar Liberal Arts

anto.mohsin@northwestern.edu

Anto Mohsin is in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. He received his PhD in science and technology studies (STS) from Cornell University. Prior to joining NU-Q, he held a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His teaching and research interests include energy studies, environmental studies, Southeast Asian studies, and disaster studies. Although geographically his focus has been on Indonesia and Southeast Asia, he is developing interest in the MENA region. His research has appeared in such publications as Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia and East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal.
Joel Mokyr

Joel Mokyr

Professor
Economics and History

j-mokyr@northwestern.edu

Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Sackler Professor (by special appointment) at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv. He specializes in economic history and the economics of technological change and population change. He is the author of Why Ireland Starved: An Analytical and Quantitative Study of the Irish Economy, The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective,  The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy and The Enlightened Economy. He has been a visiting Professor at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Tel Aviv, University College of Dublin, and the University of Manchester. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

Laura Pedraza Fariña

Laura Pedraza Fariña (Ph.D., Genetics, Yale; J.D., Harvard) Before joining academia, Professor Pedraza Fariña practiced law in the Washington, D.C. offices of Covington & Burling, where she focused on patent litigation and litigation under the Alien Tort Statute, and served as a consultant for the Open Society Foundations, where she researched the national implementation of global commitments to fight HIV/AIDS. Professor Pedraza Fariña’s scholarship focuses on patent law, international law, and human rights law. She has written on the role of non-state actors in global governance, and on sociological approaches to patent law. Her published articles include,Conceptions of Civil Society in International Law-Making and Implementation: A Theoretical Framework, 34 Michigan Journal of International Law 102 (2013), and Patent Law and the Sociology of Innovation, 2013 Wisconsin Law Review 815 (2013). Her scholarship on intellectual property law seeks to complement traditional law and economic analyses of patent law by developing a sociological and historical approach that focuses on the ways in which scientific knowledge, and thus innovation, is made, maintained, and modified. Her current projects include an analysis of the implications of sociological studies on tacit scientific knowledge for the disclosure theory of patent law, and a study of how the specialized court structure of patent law influences the content of patent decisions.

Paul Ramírez

Paul Ramírez

Associate Professor
History

pramirez@northwestern.edu

Paul Ramírez (Ph.D., History, Berkeley) reasearch interests lie in the ways often implicit cultural understandings facilitated the introduction of new kinds of medical knowledge in Mexico’s early modern period. In 2018 he published Enlightened Immunity: Mexico's Experiments with Disease Prevention in the Age of Reason which explores the ways theology, Catholic liturgy, priests, pastoral letters, rituals of statecraft, and village politics informed the use of techniques such as inoculation and vaccination for smallpox. He has published articles on the promotion of enlightened medicine in colonial Mexico’s periodical press, on a shrine devotion’s resurgence in Mexico City’s 1776 earthquake, and on a quarantine implemented during a 1797 smallpox epidemic from the perspective of peasants, artisans, and merchants subjected to it.
Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Assistant Professor
Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies

michael.rodriguez@northwestern.edu

A Chicago native, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University) focuses on Latina/o Studies. Broadly, his work focuses on the contemporary intersection of politics and knowledge, specifically racial knowledge. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the role of demographic projections in national Latino civil rights advocacy. This research provides a productive entry into current debates and struggles over the so-called “browning of America.” He was awarded the 2016 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award and has published (and has forthcoming articles) in the American Journal of Sociology, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Ethnography, Qualitative Sociology, and Engaging Science, Technology & Society.
Jim Schwoch

Jim Schwoch

Professor
Communication Studies and Media, Technology and Society

j-schwoch@northwestern.edu

James Schwoch (Ph.D. Northwestern University) teaching and research areas are global media, media history, international studies, global security, and media and the environment. He has published six books and a wide range of articles, and his research has been funded by many organizations, including NSF, NEH, the Fulbright Commission (Finland, Germany), the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Ford Foundation. His book Wired for Nature is about the telegraph and Western North America in the 19th century, a study that explores themes such as telegraph companies and national security, military uses of the telegraph in Native American conflict and counterinsurgency, the challenges for telegraph development presented by landscapes and ecosystems, and the uses of the telegraph in geodesy, natural history specimen collection, and the gathering of weather data.
Rebecca Seligman

Rebecca Seligman

Associate Professor
Anthropology

r-seligman@northwestern.edu

Rebecca Seligman (Ph.D., Emory) works in the areas of medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, and transcultural psychiatry. She is interested in the relationships of individual experience, social and political contexts, and cultural models of selfhood to outcomes such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, somatization, diabetes, and depression. She is also engaged with current neuroscience research concerning these phenomena, and has published several articles critically engaging with the field of cultural neuroscience. She has written Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion, as well as articles that have been published in Transcultural Psychiatry, Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, Progress in Brain Research and Ethos. She is co-editor and contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience.

Noelle Sullivan

Noelle Sullivan

Associate Professor of Instruction
Anthropology

noelle.sullivan@northwestern.edu

Noelle Sullivan (Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida) is a cultural and medical anthropologist focusing on the politics of global health in practice. Sullivan is concerned about what becomes ‘in vogue’ in global health. Which issues or needs tend to be included/excluded or celebrated/marginalized? How global health concerns are taken up, and by whom? She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in northern Tanzania. During 2016-2017, Sullivan was also a Public Voices Fellow of The Op-Ed Project. Her op-eds and a comprehensive list of media publications and appearances can be found on her website. She was awarded a fellowship for 2019-2020 at the Kaplan Humanities Institute for her project on "volunteer tourism" in the Global South.

Claudia Swan

Claudia Swan

Associate Professor
Art History

c-swan@northwestern.edu

Claudia Swan (Ph.D., Art History, Columbia) studies Northern European visual culture 1400-1700, art and science, the history of collecting, and the history of the imagination. She is the author of The Clutius Botanical Watercolors: Plants and Flowers of the Renaissance and Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II (1565-1629), which studies the intersection of empiricism and witchcraft in Holland in the early seventeenth century through the work of the Dutch artist. She is also co-editor with Londa Schiebinger of Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, Politics. Swan has held fellowships and grants from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and the NEH. In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, where she completed a forthcoming book manuscript titled "Rarities of these Lands": Encounters with the Exotic in Early Modern Holland, and a volume of essays Image, Imagination, Cognition. Medieval and Early Modern Theory and Practice, which she is co-editing with Christoph Lüthy and Paul Bakker.

Helen Tilley

Helen Tilley

Associate Professor
History

helen.tilley@northwestern.edu

Helen Tilley (PhD, History, Oxford) has affiliations with the African Studies, Global Health, and Environmental Policy and Culture programs. Her work examines medical, environmental, racial, and anthropological research in colonial and post-colonial contexts, emphasizing intersections with environmental history and development studies. Her book, Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge (Chicago, 2011) explores the dynamic interplay between scientific research and imperialism in British Africa between 1870 and 1950. She has also written articles and book chapters on the history of ecology, eugenics, agriculture, and epidemiology in tropical Africa, and is co-editor with Robert Gordon of Ordering Africa: Anthropology, European Imperialism and the Politics of Knowledge (Manchester, 2007) and with Michael Gordin and Gyan Prakash of Utopia-Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility (Princeton, 2010). Her current project seeks to explain the different scientific studies and legal interventions in the twentieth century that originally helped to construct “traditional medicine” as a viable category of research and policy-making, especially in the contexts of decolonization and the Cold War. She has received grants for her research from the Wellcome Trust and the National Science Foundation.

Sepehr Vakil

Sepehr Vakil

Assistant Professor
School of Education and Social Policy

Sepehr Vakil (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) teaches learning sciences. Previously he was Assistant Professor of STEM Education and the Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion in the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Vakil's current research projects span three broad thematic areas of focus: (a) ethics, learning, and technology, (b) participatory design and community-engaged research methodologies, and (c) historical and sociopolitical analyses of engineering education across global contexts. Dr. Vakil recently received the National Science Foundation’s early CAREER award, as well as the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship. He received his PhD in the Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program at UC Berkeley, and his B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
Kelly Wisecup
Kelly Wisecup (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park) specializes in Native American literature, early American literature, and medicine and literature. Her research studies the ways in which Native American and African-descended people responded to and critiqued Euro-American science in North America and the Caribbean before 1900. She has published essays in Early American Literature, Early American Studies, Atlantic Studies, and Studies in Travel Writing. Her book, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013) explores how medical knowledge served as a form of communication among colonists, Native Americans, and African Americans, and one in which people defined and defended their bodies, their relationship to the environment, and to other than human beings. Her current book project, Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing, investigates how Native American writers, diplomats, ministers, and tribal leaders adapted forms of compilation and collection—herbals, vocabulary lists, museum inventories, catalogs, and commonplace books—to restore and remake environmental, epistemological, and interpersonal relations disrupted by colonialism.
Sandy Zabell

Sandy Zabell

Professor
Statistics and Mathematics

s-zabell@northwestern.edu

Sandy Zabell (Ph.D., 1974, Harvard) focus revolves around mathematical probability and Bayesian statistics (in particular, the study of exchangeability). He is also interested in the history, philosophical foundations, and legal applications of probability and statistics. One of his major historical interests at present is the use of cryptology during WWII (in particular the contributions of Alan Turing).  His primary applied interests are in the areas of law and forensic science. He is currently a member of the NIST OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees) Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Subcommittee, and charged with developing standards and guidelines related to scientifically valid methods of interpretation, statistical analysis and reporting of biological results.

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