Specialty: Science, technology, and culture.
Keywords: Material culture and the travel of objects and knowledge; practices of knowledge-making; management, organization, and culture of projectscience; gender and computer games; design and circulation of technology; intellectual property.
TMT. The Shaping of an Extremely Large Telescope. Current research. An ethnographic study of a big science project-in-development. Keywords: Sociology of science and technology/management and organization of big science and engineering projects/ethnography as consulting tool.
The Travel of Patents into the Developing World. Manuscript in progress.
Research and fieldwork funded by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific
Research (1996-1999). The book examines the relation between intellectual property
regimes and technological innovation/technology transfer in/to Africa. Keywords:
Science and technology policy/anthropology of science and technology/development
studies/intellectual property/appropriate technology, technology design, and
Gender and Computer Games. NSF- funded research and course development on play, rules, culture, and computer game design.
Science and Religion: Aboriginal Cultures. Manuscript in progress. Book-length monograph, reviews the literature on connections between knowledge, belief and cultural practices. Will be published in the Greenwood Guides to Science and religion, a series edited by Dick Olson. The study offers an analysis of how issues of rationality, representation, and reflexivity - major topics in both sociology/philosophy of science and cultural anthropology - play out in anthropological controversies over knowledge and belief. Keywords: Sociology of scientific knowledge/history; philosophy of anthropology; science and religion.
Fathers, Stars and Hormones. Anthropological Controversies over Indigenous
Knowledge. Doctoral dissertation University of Utrecht, December 1994 (ISBN
90-5187-198-8). Study of three canonical controversies about indigenous knowledge.
Offers an analysis of how issues of rationality, representation, and reflexivity
- major topics in both sociology/philosophy of science and cultural anthropology
- play out in these anthropological controversies. Keywords: Sociology of scientific
knowledge/history and philosophy of anthropology.
Culturelab. Development of an incubator space for research and teaching in Science, Technology, and Society, appropriate to the needs and requirements of the Harvey Mudd Community.