PhD Students

STS Graduate Student Research  

Leo Matteo Bachinger: My dissertation research re-traces and foregrounds the oppressive political effects of governing (disastrous) heat, which marginalizes and discounts life on the margins through the attempts to regulate urban climate. bachil@rpi.edu

Erika Boeing: boeine@rpi.edu

Michael Bouchey: My dissertation examines the obduracy of sociotechnical systems through the case of the privatization of spaceflight in order to improve the prospects for more intelligent steering of technological development. bouchm4@rpi.edu

Christopher Caulfield: My research focuses on clinical ethics, moral psychology, empathy, and the role of early childhood experience in development of prosociality, moderate stress reactivity, an ethical engagement mindset, and related capacities that are commonly held to be desirable for moral motivation and judgment. caulfc2@rpi.edu; www.phipod.com

Mitch Cieminski: My research examines the ways engineering students learn about and make sense of personal, professional, and social responsibility; I also study the sociotechnical experiences of disabled, queer, and trans engineers. ciemim@rpi.edu, https://www.mitchinprogress.com/

Thomas De Pree: Situated at the intersection of political ecology and engineering studies, my ethnographic research focuses on the politics of environmental engineering and technologies of cleaning up uranium mine waste and mill tailings in northwestern New Mexico. depret@rpi.edu

Mara Dicenta: I explore the intersections of science, modernity, and coloniality within a binational project of species conservation and eradication in Tierra del Fuego. I am currently abroad doing my fieldwork and collaboration within the socio-ecology lab of the Austral Center for Scientific Research. dicenm@rpi.edu; https://rpi.academia.edu/MaraDicentaVilker;https://maradicenta.com/

Colin Garvey: My dissertation research investigates the risks and governance of artificial intelligence (AI) in Japan and the US. garvec@rpi.edu

Rebecca Jablonsky: My research investigates the values embedded in the design of digital health technologies, and how these values both impact and reflect cultural beliefs about the “healthy person.” For my dissertation project, I am ethnographically exploring how the design and use of meditation apps shapes the contemporary experience of stress and mental health. jablor@rpi.edu; http://rebeccajablonsky.com

Alexander Jenseth: I am a PhD student with research interests related to History of Computing, Digital Media Theory, Media Archeology, and Military/Intelligence History. I am currently focused on examining the theoretical implications of the mineral and material basis of digital media, thereby tying together my research interests. jensea@rpi.edu

Caroline Mason: Caroline Mason is a first year PhD candidate with a background in the history of science and technology. Her research broadly focuses on the education system. masonc2@rpi.edu

Alli Morgan: My research focuses on the science, politics, and practice of clinical diagnosis, with a particular focus on toxic and environmental health conditions. My dissertation work is focused on U.S. veterans suffering from health effects related to "burn pits," large scale garbage burning operations used in the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. morgaa2@rpi.edu

Lee Nelson: My research focuses on the relationship between Medical Examiner’s categories of death determinations, forensic decomposition research sites, and the use of nonhuman life as temporally and materially significant forensic instruments. nelsol3@rpi.edu

Yoehan Oh: My research examines contemporary information and media technologies, particularly non-U.S. search engines in South Korea, in national and global contexts. I primarily focus on knowledge and material infrastructures; political, regulatory, policy, and nationalistic discourses upon web platforms; and internet histories. ohy@rpi.edu; https://yoehanoh.wordpress.com/

Laura Rabinow: My research examines the (re/co)shaping of regulatory science, policy and publics in contested governance spaces. It particularly considers water policy/regulation in the United States since the 1960s, addressing the question of how governance systems are challenged, reshaped, and maintained when contamination is rendered visible. rabinl2@rpi.edu

Hined Rafeh: My research explores techno-identities and critical scientific engagement, and I am presently investigating how publics engage with race and health through personal genetic testing. rafehh@rpi.edu

Misria Shaik Ali: My research is an attempt at re-inventing the discourse on the politics of nuclear energy by shifting the focus to fear, disaster, sensorium, and resistance using anthropological methods and theories of sociology and psychoanalysis. Write to me if you want to talk about the intersectionality between Science, Technology and Sensorium, or any STS topics. shaikm2@rpi.edu

N. Bucky Stanton: N. Bucky Stanton is a first year PhD student with a background in the history of science and technology. stantn2@rpi.edu

Jamie Steele: Jamie has backgrounds in philosophy, political science, and psychoanalysis/psychotherapy. Her research interests include conceptualizing both the development of and psychosocial interactions with networked technologies and "artificial intelligences," as well as the intersections of power, reproduction, and transhumanist ideologies/technologies. steelj3@rpi.edu

Kirk Winans: My research focuses on copyright law, specifically digital copyright, and social movements concerning the digital. winank@rpi.edu