Rensselaer STS has a vast alumni network. Our graduates are working in universities and other research institutions across North America and around the world.  Following is a partial list of alumni affiliations. Alumni may submit updates by sending an email to Student Services Administrator Jennifer Mumby



Brian Callahan (Complexities of Collaboration: An Open Source Story, 2018, M. Fortun) is a Lecturer in Information Technology & Web Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Scott Kellogg (Urban Ecosystem Justice: A Field Guide to a Socio-Ecological Systems Science of Cities for the People, 2018, K. Fortun) is visiting faculty at the Masters of Environmental Education program at Bard College and is the Educational Director of the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, NY.

Lindsay Poirier (Knowledge Representation in Scruffy Worlds: An Ethnography of Semiotic Infrastructure Design, 2018, K. Fortun) is an Assistant Professor of Data Studies, Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, at the University of California, Davis.

Kate Tyrol (The Fat Subject in Transition, 2018, Campbell) is a University Lecturer in STS and Psychology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.


Pedro de la Torre III (Unmaking Wastelands: Inheriting Waste, War, and Futures at the Hanford site, 2017, K. Fortun) 

Ellen Foster (Making Cultures: Politics of Inclusion, Accessibility, and Empowerment at the Margins of the Maker Movement, 2017, Nieusma) is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Graz, Austria.

Michael Lachney (The Cultural Politics of Constructionist Computing: STS Approaches to the Critique & Design of Educational Technology, 2017, Eglash) is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education at Michigan State University.

Karin Patzke (Valuing Constituency: Property Assessments, Land Management and Environmental Stewardship in Central Texas, 2017, Akera) is an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.



David Banks (Three Theories of Praxis: Sense-Making Tools for Post-Capitalism, 2016, Eglash) is a part-time lecturer at the University at Albany - SUNY and Associate Research Advisor at the Social Science Research Council. He is also Editor at Large for Real Life Magazine, Co-Chair of the Theorizing the Web conference, and Co-editor of the technology and society blog Cyborgology.”

Kevin Fodness (Disability and Cyberspace: The Politics of Inclusion & Exclusion in Web Development Groups, 2016, Eglash, Nieusma) is a Principal Software Developer at Alley Interactive.

Daniel Lyles (Generative Contexts, 2016, Eglash, Nieusma) is a Lecturer, Core Engineering, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Khadija Mitu (Fertility Preservation: Technologies in Search or Users, 2016, Layne) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Eric (Guy) Schaffer (Building utopia with tomorrow’s trash: formal and informal infrastructures for organics recycling in New York City, 2016, Kinchy) is a Lecturer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Sabrina Weiss (Disruptive Enactments: Five Dimensions of Change in Sociotechnical Ecologies, 2016, Eglash) is an Assistant Research Professor, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, at Arizona State University.


Taylor Dotson (Communitarian Technology: Realizing Thick Community within Societies Built for Networked Individualism, 2015, Woodhouse) is Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences at New Mexico Tech.

Ben Brucato (Watching Police Violence: Negotiating the Politics of Visibility, 2015, Winner) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Kirk Jalbert (Promising Data for Public Empowerment: Data Culture and Infrastructures in the Marcellus Shale Water Monitoring Community, 2015, Kinchy) is the Manager of Community-Based Research and Engagement for FracTracker and a Visiting Research Professor at Drexel University.

Tahereh (Sonia) Saheb (Air Pollution Governance in Iran: Inhibiting Factors, 2015, K. Fortun) is on the faculty of the University of Tehran (Iran).

James Wilcox (Reimagining Energy Interventions: Policies, Practices, and Households in Transition, 2015, Nieusma) is a Project Manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Department of Energy and Environmental Analysis.

Jonathan Cluck (Parasite Labs: Laboratory Protocols of Do-It-Yourself Biology, 2015, M. Fortun) is on the job market. 


Gareth Edel (Navigating Choice: Medical Tourism, Travel, and Care in the New Global Biomedicine, 2014, Campbell) is an adjunct professor at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Xiaofeng (Denver) Tang (Engineering Knowledge and Student Development: An Institutional and Pedagogical Critique of Engineering Education, 2014, Winner) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rock Ethics Institute of Penn State University.


Anna Lamprou (Toxic Chemicals, Environmental Organizations, and the Governance of Science and Technology in the EU and the US: the Case of Nanotechnology, 2013, Kinchy) lives in Switzerland, where she founded and organized The BuggyTram Project and is Social Media Director for PANSWISS Project, a Swiss think tank.

Logan Williams (Contesting Avoidable Blindness: Socially Responsible Innovation Systems and Multilateral Circulation, 2013, Eglash) is Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs College and Department of Sociology, Michigan State University.


Alison Kenner (Breathtaking: Contemporary Figures of US Asthma Care, 2012, M. Fortun) is Assistant Professor, Department of History and Politics at Drexel University.

Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn (Environmental Media Systems: Innovations at the U S Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory, 2012, K. Fortun) is a lecturer in Rensselaer’s Department of Science and Technology Studies.

Jessica Lyons (The Enviroculturalist Framework: Merging Ecological Sustainability with Indigenous Resource Management, 2012, Eglash) is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ross Mitchell (States and Stem Cells: Science, Policy and Ethics in State Stem Cell Initiatives, 2012, Campbell) is the advanced global user experience product research manager at Ford Motor Company.

Sean Ferguson (Plastics without Petroleum: The Politics of Green Bioplastics in the United States, 2012, Kinchy), is a lecturer in the Engineering and Society Program at the University of Virginia.


Nathan Fisk (Trash Talk and Trusted Adults: An Analysis of Youth Internet Safety Discourses in New York State, 2011, Campbell) is Assistant Professor, Department of Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.


Matthew Francisco (Agents on the Loose: Embodied Reflexive Practice in Emerging Computational Social Science, 2010, Caporael) is a lecturer in the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University.

Aalok Khandekar (Engineering the Global Indian: Skills, Cosmopolitanism, and Families in Circuits of High-tech Migrations between India and the United States, 2010, K. Fortun), is a lecturer at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Shib Shankar Dasgupta (Integrating the Poor through e-Governance: A Case Study of the National e-Governance Plan in India, 2010, Winner) works for GreeneWorks, a Washington, DC-based NGO specializing in health, development, and use of ICTs for Social Inclusion.

Shailaja Valdiya (Neoliberal Reform and Biomedical Research in India: A Story of Globalization, Industrial Change, and Science, 2010, Hess) has not informed us of her current occupation.


James Fenimore (High-Tech Worship: Digital Display Technologies and Protestant Liturgical Practice in the U.S., 2009, Layne) is a pastor and administrator for the United Methodist Church in New York State.

Tolu Odumosu (Interrogating Mobiles: A Story of Nigerian Appropriation of the Mobile Phone, 2009, Eglash) is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia.


Casey O’Donnell (The Work/Play of the Interactive New Economy: Video Game Development in the United States and India, 2008, K. Fortun) is Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.

Colin Beech (The Grail and the Golem: The Sociology of Aleatory Artifacts, 2008, Restivo) works in the IT industry.

Rachel Dowty (The Boundaries between Your Brain and Me: Mental Categories in the Cognitive Neurosciences, 2008, Restivo) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University and co-director of the Disaster Science and Management Program.

Maral Erol (Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy in Turkey: Situational Analysis of a Reproductive Technology at the Intersection of Gender Identity, Modernity, and Modernization, 2008, Campbell) is Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences, Department of Health Management, at Medipol University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Noelle Foster Feliciano (Contingent Mechanization: The Case of American Dairying, 2008, Akera) is a faculty research associate at Taconic IPA.

Govind Gopakumar (Neoliberal Policy Thrusts and Fluid Transitions: Analyzing the Dynamics of Water Supply and Sanitation Partnerships in Urban India, 2008, Winner) is Associate Professor in the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia University, Canada.

Sean Lawson (Info@War.Mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military, 2008, M. Fortun) is Associate Professor, Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

Richard Arias-Hernandez (Engineering the Network Society: a Social Worlds/Arenas Analysis of Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations in Colombia, 2008, Winner) is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.


Lane DeNicola (Techniques of the Environmental Observer: India's Earth Remote Sensing Program in the Age of Global Information, 2007, M. Fortun) is Director of Institutional Research at Emory University.

Camar Diaz Torres (Stabilizing Technologies, Configuring an Armed Social Self: Firearms in Postauthoritarian, Postwar Guatemalan Democracy, 2007, K. Fortun) is a freelance nonfiction writer.

Marie Rarieya (Environmental Degradation, Food Security, and Climate Change: An STS Perspective on Sustainable Development in Western Kenya, 2007, K. Fortun) is a program officer for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Ghana.

Ayala Cnaan (Holy Land of Aliens: Formal Decision-Making Mechanisms in Israeli Alternative Communities, 2007, Breyman) is an assistant lecturer at the University of New England (Biddeford, Maine), Department of Society, Culture and Languages.

Selma Šabanović (Imagine All the Robots: Developing a Critical Practice of Cultural and Disciplinary Traversals in Social Robotics, 2007, Caporael) is Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University.

Jeannette Simmonds (Promising Symbiosis: A History of the Biological Nitrogen Fixation Field, 1930-2000, 2007, M. Fortun) is an academic adviser in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota.


Eun-Sung Kim (Impure Bioethics: Social and Policy Studies of Bioethics Associated with Stem Cell Research in the United States and South Korea, 2006, M. Fortun) is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.

Bo Xie (Growing Older in the Information Age: Civic Engagement, Social Relationships, and Well-being among Older Internet Users in China and the United States, 2006, K. Fortun) is Associate Professor, School of Information with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing, at the University of Texas, Austin.

Michael G. Bennett (Techne de Jure, 2006, Winner) is Associate Professor in the School of Law at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Lawrence Eng (Otaku Engagements: Subcultural Appropriation of Science and Technology, 2006, Eglash) works in the IT industry.

Hector Postigo (The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright, 2006, Fouche) is Associate Professor, Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media at Temple University.

Lorna Ronald (Empowered to Consume: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising, Free Speech, and Pharmaceutical Governance, 2006, Campbell) is a Macaulay Honors College Advisor at Queens College.

Natasha Lettis ("Big 'P' politics, small 'p' advocacy": Political Participation, Intersectionality, and Information Technology in Northern Ireland, 2006, Hess) works in education management in the San Francisco area.

Erich Schienke (Greening the Dragon: Environmental Imaginaries in the Science, Technology, and Governance of Contemporary China, 2006, K. Fortun), is a lecturer in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences of Penn State University.

Alexander Sokoloff (Informating Greenpeace: Material Practice, Work Culture, and Global Organization, 2006, K. Fortun) works in the IT industry.


Sulfikar Amir (Power, Culture, and the Airplane: Technological Nationalism in New Order Indonesia, 2005, Winner) is Associate Professor of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Jill Fisher (Pharmaceutical Paternalism and the Privatization of Clinical Trials, 2005, Hess) is Associate Professor of Social Medicine in the School of Medicine at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Jenrose Fitzgerald (Citizens, Experts, and the Economy: The Grassroots Takeover of Kentucky’s Agricultural Future, 2004, Campbell) was an NSF postdoctoral researcher at the Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky, and is now the Grant Program Manager for the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Blaise Farina (Discerning Socio-ecological Degradation as a World-Historical Event: Some Reconsiderations of the Saga of the Khian Sea from a World-Systems Perspective, 2005, Breyman) has not informed us of his current occupation.

STS Ph.D. Recipients Prior to 2005

(Alphabetical listing, some information may be missing)

Barbara Allen (Uneasy Alchemy: Dissonance, Resistance, Justice, and Change in Louisiana’s Industrial Corridor, 1999) went on to become Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center. Her book, Uneasy Alchemy: Citizens and Experts in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Disputes, was published by MIT Press in 2003.

Wenda Bauchspies (Togolese Female Science Educators: Innovators, Bridges or Instruments?, 1998) went to work at Pennsylvania State University, and now is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jean-Francois Blanchette (Dematerializing Written Proof: French Evidence Law, Cryptography, and the Global Politics of Authenticity, 2002) went on to become Associate Professor in the Information Studies Department, University of California Los Angeles. His book, Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents, was published by MIT Press in 2012.

Deborah Blizzard (The Socio-Cultural Construction of Fetoscopy, 2000) went on to become Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Science, Technology, and Society/Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book, Looking Within: A Social Examination of Fetoscopy, was published by MIT Press in 2007.

Dikoh Chen studied labor, gender, and religion among Taiwanese machinists, and is Associate Professor, Graduate School for Transformation Studies, Shih-Hsin University, Taiwan.

Todd Cherkasky (Design Style: A Method for Critical Analysis of Design Applied to Workplace Technologies, 1999) went on to become Global Lead for SapientNitro’s Research & Insights Practice, based in Chicago, Illinois.

Jennifer Croissant (Bodies, Movements, Representations: Elements Toward a Feminist Theory of Knowledge, 1994) is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and Sociology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona.

Seval Dülgeroğlu Yavuz (Technological Representation in Advertisements: Restructuring Meaning and Culture, 2003) is Assistant Professor, Chair of the Department of Graphic Design, and Associate Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty at Mustafa Kemal University in Antakya, Turkey.

Virginia Eubanks (Popular Technology: Citizenship and Inequality in the Information Economy, 2004) went on to become Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the SUNY University at Albany. Her book, Digital Dead End, was published by MIT Press in 2010.

Patrick Feng (Designing a "Global" Privacy Standard: Politics and Expertise in Technical Standards-Setting, 2002) went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and then became Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Canada.

Jenrose Fitzgerald (Citizens, Experts, and the Economy: The Grassroots Takeover of Kentucky’s Agricultural Future, 2004) went on to be an NSF postdoctoral research at The Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky.

Kenneth Fleischman (Exploring the Design-Use Interface: The Agency of Boundary Objects in Educational Technology, 2004) is Associate Professor, School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin.

David Levinger (Pedestrian Technologies: Redesigning Citizens, Organizers, and Technical Professionals, 2002) went on to work for Feet First, Seattle, and then for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Lisa A. McLaughlin (Spotlighting Emergent Gender Bias in Undergraduate Engineering Education, 2003) is an adjunct professor at Greenfield Community College. Her book, Guide to Student Success in Engineering at Community College, was published in 2015.

John Monberg (Making the Public Count: A Comparative Case Study of Emergent Information Technology-based Publics, 1997) is Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University.

Torin Monihan (Designing Flexible Futures: Globalization, Technological Change, and Institutional Conflict in the Los Angeles Public School System, 2003) went on to become Associate Professor of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. His book Globalization, Technological Change and Public Education was published by Routledge in 2005. His book, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2010.

Dean Nieusma (The Energy Forum of Sri Lanka: Working Toward Appropriate Expertise, 2004) is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer.

Jason Patton (Transportation Worlds: Designing Infrastructures and Forms of Urban Life, 2004) went on to work as a pedestrian and bicyclist planner in the City of Oakland, California.

Steve Pierce (The Community Teleport: Participatory Media as a Path to Participatory Democracy, 2002) went on to become co-founder of the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York.

Roli Varma is Regents’ Lecturer and Professor in the School of Public Administration, University of New Mexico. Her book, Harbingers of Change: India’s Techno-Immigrants, was published by Lexington Books in 2006.

Margaret Woodell (Codes, Identities and Pathologies in the Construction of Tamoxifen as a Chemoprophylactic for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction in Healthy Women at High Risk, 2004) is a Senior Clinical Research Scientist at Glaxo Smith Kline.