I am an anthropologist and STS scholar with a PhD from the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Cornell University. In the 2019-2020 academic year I am joining the department of Technology, Culture, and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering as a Visiting Industry Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Science and Technology Studies program. I was an Adjunct Instructor in the department from 2017-2019. I have been Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research since 2015. I am also the Founder of Implosion Labs, LLC, an ethnography-driven research and consulting group.
My work is centered in feminist STS and medical anthropology, including food allergies, medical activism, cyborgs and feminist cybercultures, the political economy of the global pharmaceutical industry, and the risks posed by digital health. I am the author of numerous articles for the online tech and culture magazine Real Life, including Sins of the Mother, an essay about the special perils of medical self-tracking technologies for pregnant people and parents, Bill of Health, an analysis of the new risks created by the integration of digital health platforms, and Fancy Feast, an examination of how race, gender, and colonialism influence food trends. My academic writing appears in Medicine Anthropology Theory, Science as Culture, and the Journal of Cultural Economy. My book-in-progress, Reproducing Safety: Food Allergy Advocacy and the Politics of Care, examines how the aims and tactics of food allergy activism in the United States is shaped by norms of whiteness, femininity, and the ideal of the nuclear family.
Beyond academia, I have worked as an independent ethnographic research and design research strategy consultant in technology-related fields. I have led solo projects and built teams as part of large organizations. I have worked across contexts and time constraints, with non-profits and for-profit organizations, and from designing agile ethnography frameworks to align with software development goals to conducting six-month ethnographic studies to suit client needs. This work has resulted in internal findings that addresses multiple stakeholders, as well as white papers, such as the 2018 report Hate in Social Virtual Reality for the civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League. I have also worked with early-stage biotech start-ups defining company strategy, building advisory boards, liaising with academic research centers, and co-leading Angel and Series A funding efforts.
This site began as a public research journal called Allergy and the City charting the progress of my dissertation research. The current version includes the posts that originally appeared on that blog, as well as frequently updated information about my ongoing research, teaching, and other projects at BISR and in anthropology and STS. Please note that this blog is a public space and any communications through it are considered public speech. Feel free to contact me via email if you’d like to have an off-line conversation.