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Carlos Andrés Barragán

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I am a PhD candidate in the Science & Technology Studies Program (STS), and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. My PhD dissertation “Situating genetic expressions: Human genetics research and contentious bio-identities in Northern South America” — funded by the Pacific Rim Research Program (PRRP) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research — is a multi-sited ethnography about the articulations of biological capital with emerging forms of individual and collective identity among ethnic minorities in Colombia, South America. My ethnographic analysis focuses on the research agendas of scientists studying human diversity; specifically, I care about the production, circulation, an contestation of abstractions such as “race”, “ethnicity”, “ancestry” and “admixture” (mestizaje) in the fields of biomedicine, human biology and genetics, and socio-cultural and physical anthropology.

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Ingrid Lagos

Ingrid Lagos

Cultural Studies


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Research Interests:
Formation of subjectivities, identities, and citizenships in transnational spaces focused on health services and
policy; critical perspectives on nation, nation-state, and nationalism; global governmentality; colonialism and postcolonialism; contact zones.

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Michelle Stewart

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Research Interests:
Security; Policing; Risk; Threat; Training; Care; Prevention; Crime; Youth; Urban Anthropology; Science and Technology Studies; Surveillance Studies

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Shawn Miller

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Research Interests:

History and philosophy of technology, and of biology, especially classification

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Xan Chacko

Xan Chacko

Cultural studies


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History and philosophy of natural history, production and stabilisation of biological knowledge, scientific visualisation, epistemic and ontological pluralism

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Josef Nguyen

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Technoscientific governance, policy, and administration; speculative, promissory, and other futuristic discourses; theories of expertise; public understanding of and engagement with science; posthumanism; accidents, disasters, and crises; media studies

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Matthew Nesvet

Matthew Nesvet

Cultural Anthropology


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Matthew Nesvet is doing PhD work in the Cultural Anthropology department at UC Davis. He is also affiliated with the programs in S.T.S. and African Studies. His ethnographic field research includes video as well as written documentary work, with major projects in San Francisco and South Africa.

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Anthropology :

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Andrew Ventimiglia

Andrew Ventimiglia

2014-2015 STS/CSIS Graduate Fellow

Cultural Studies


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Andrew Ventimiglia is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group. He has a MA in Cinema Studies and a Certificate from the Culture and Media Program at New York University. He was curator and director of the Davis Feminist Film Festival (2012-13), and his work on religion has appeared in the online project Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality. With assistance from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and its Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, he is currently completing a dissertation exploring the intersection of religion and intellectual property law in the American spiritual marketplace.

 

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Tamar Kaneh-Shalit

Tamar Kaneh-Shalit

Visiting graduate student in STS from the University of Haifa, Israel


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Tamar Kaneh-Shalit is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel (expected graduation 2014). She is currently writing her PhD dissertation on Israeli Life Coaching focusing on the construction of the aspired Israeli self. Her past work includes an ethnography of media production at the Israeli Ethiopian Television Channel – IETV focused on IETV employees' Israeli Ethiopian citizenship.

Fields of interest: psychological anthropology, personhood and the self, capitalism, modernity and media.

Courses taught: Media Ethnography; The culturally constructed self.

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May Ee Wong

May Ee Wong

Cultural Studies


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May Ee Wong is a PhD candidate from the Cultural Studies Graduate Group in the University of California, Davis, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Her current research examines aesthetics and ideologies of contemporary ecological and complex systemic discourses and architectural forms pertaining to the urban laboratory and the global sustainable city.

Research interests: critical conceptions of the built environment, contemporary design and urban culture, critical sustainability, transnationalism, representations and infrastructures of the global, the system/network and complexity, critical theory, visual culture and aesthetics, history and theory of technology, militarized logics and culture

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Joshua Weiss

Joshua  Weiss

2015 - 2016 STS Graduate Fellow

Anthropology


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Research Interests: 

Anthropology of science & technology, media studies, Cuba, rhetoric of technology

As a graduate fellow for Science and Technology Studies, Josh is helping to organize lectures and conferences - as well as maintain the STS website.

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Anthropology :

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Mel Salm

Mel  Salm

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anthropology of science; multi-species thinking; ethnography of evidence; interdisciplinarity; global health research practices; eco-epidemiology; human-nonhuman interfaces; contagion; militarism; cybernetics; health informatics


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Anthropology :

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Marie McDonald

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