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

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

Brian Callahan: My research explores hacker discourse around participation and social justice through local in-person Open Source user group communities. callab3@rpi.edu

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: My dissertation documents the making and remediating of the "Grants uranium district." I pursue questions of how technology and politics of qualitative difference become entangled with nature and culture in the process of environmental monitoring and ecological restoration of sites contaminated by mine waste in northwestern New Mexico. depret@rpi.edu

Mara Dicenta-Vilker: I study the necro-techno-politics in multi-sited and multi-species cases: biosecurity interventions, inter-killing practices with invasive species, and forensic teams in search of the Argentinean and Spanish who disappeared. dicenm@rpi.edu

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

Rebecca Jablonsky: I am a former technology industry professional who ethnographically studies the intersection of computing and wellness cultures. jablor@rpi.edu, http://rebeccajablonsky.com/

Scott Kellogg: My research looks at regenerative anthropogenic ecosystems as prescriptive models of socio-technical resilience for fostering the adaptive capacity of grassroots organizations and sustainability transformations. kellos@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

Lindsay Poirier: My research explores how the logics that inform various scientific and humanities disciplines translate into digital infrastructure and, drawing on feminist scholarship and language theory, questions how diverse and marginalized perspectives are lost in this translation. poiril@rpi.edu

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

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

Kate Tyrol: My research investigates the discursive formation of the “fat” subject with a particular focus on bariatric surgery and its role in defining “motherhood." tyrolk@rpi.edu, http://homepages.rpi.edu/~tyrolk/

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