PhD Students

STS Graduate Student Research  (Spring 2017)

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

Pedro de la Torre III: My dissertation examines long-term stewardship, future imaginaries, and intergenerational ethics at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. delatp@rpi.edu

Thomas De Pree: I am an environmental anthropologist with interest in the intersections and interstices of political ecology, settler colonialism, and engineering studies. 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

Ellen Foster: My dissertation explores informal educational practices and knowledge production in various skill-sharing sites, including past, present, and future imaginaries of hackerspaces, the cultural landscape of their inception and growth. fostee21@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: My research focuses on holistic wellness practices and technologies employed in the quantified self movement, exploring how self-knowledge, bodily maintenance, and attempts at self-actualization are used to legitimate or resist the biomedical model of health, contemporary technology culture, and socially prescribed personal identities. jablor@rpi.edu, rebeccajablonsky.com/

Areej Jahangir: My research examines water purification and scarcity in developing nations from a multifaceted perspective, looking at international relations, domestic politics, economics, society, and environmental issues. jahana@rpi.edu

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

Michael Lachney: My research contributes to ongoing debates on educational technology in anthropology, media studies, and technology studies, by using ethnographic methods to study how teachers in Ghana and the US negotiate state, technology, and testing standards when implementing construction kit technologies in their classrooms. lachnm@rpi.edu

Alli Morgan: My research explores the clinical and social emergence of chronic illness in post-conflict countries. morgaa2@rpi.edu

Lee Nelson: My research focuses on obsolescence in a variety of non-traditional and emerging areas, as well as how obsolescence is induced, responded to, and combated by humans and nonhumans in and across institutional settings. nelsol3@rpi.edu

Karin Patzke: My dissertation investigates bureaucracy, law and governance in the dissemination of scientific practices and knowledge concerning environmental conservation efforts on private lands in Texas. patzkk@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: rafehh@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, homepages.rpi.edu/~tyrolk/