People   (alphabetically)

Mario Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of STS, Law, and History, and Director of the new Center for Science and Innovation Studies at the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining UCD, he was Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, specializing in intellectual property in science. He is the author of Galileo Courtier (Chicago, 1993), Galileo's Instruments of Credit (Chicago, 2006)), and the co-editor of The Science Studies Reader (Routledge, 1998), Scientific Authorship (Routledge, 2003), Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago, 2011), and Nature Engaged (2013). He is currently completing a book on plagiarism in science.

Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Director of the Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University. Her research focuses on science and culture in early modern Italy, material culture and collecting, and more generally the history of early science and medicine. She is co-PI of a collaborative research project, “Mapping the Republic of Letters,” based in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford.

Allison Fish is a postdoctoral scholar with the Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts program at UC Davis. Trained in both anthropology and law, Allison's research investigates the cultural logics, legal forms, and technological infrastructures that guide various information/knowledge management practices. Her current book project, Laying Claim to Yoga: Intellectual Property, Cultural Rights, and the Digital Archive in India, addresses the globalization and commodification of South Asian medical/spiritual systems conjoined in yoga and the ramifications this has for local and international markets and legal systems.

Andrew Lakoff is Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Communication at the University of Southern California, where he currently directs the research cluster in Science, Technology and Society. He is the author of Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry (Cambridge, 2005), and co-editor of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices (Duke, 2006) and Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (Columbia, 2008).

Dániel Margócsy is assistant professor of early modern European history at Hunter College – CUNY. He was the 2012–2013 Birkelund fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A historian of science by training, he has published articles on the development of taxonomy, the visual culture of early modern anatomy, and the aesthetics of curiosities. He has co-edited States of Secrecy, a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Science, and his book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age, will appear with the University of Chicago Press in 2014.

Elidor Mëhilli received his PhD in history from Princeton and has held fellowships at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. He is Assistant Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is writing a book on socialist globalization through the angle of Albania under Yugoslav, Soviet, Eastern bloc, and Chinese patronage, based on archival research in Tirana, Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, and Washington.

Hélène Mialet is a scholar and writer with degrees from the Sorbonne and the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. Her research interests are in continental philosophy, science and technology studies, and social theory. She has held post-docs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and positions at Cornell, Berkeley, and Harvard. Currently, Dr. Mialet is a visiting professor in STS at UC Davis (Jan—June). She has published widely on subjectivity, agency, innovation and cognition. Her first book, L’Entreprise Créatrice (Paris: Hermès-Lavoisier, 2008), is an ethnographic study of practices and processes of invention in an applied research laboratory in a multinational oil company (Total). She is most recently the author of Hawking Incorporated (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), an ethnographic study of abstraction and formalism, focusing on the case of Stephen Hawking as a means of exploring larger questions about singularity, identity, distributed agency, subjectivity, corporeality and socio-technical networks. She is currently working on a new project concerned with the study of networks of knowledge production and expertise constituted by “laypersons” (e.g., electronic lists organized around specific themes like parents of children with juvenile diabetes).

Bill Rankin is an assistant professor of the history of science at Yale University. His research focuses on the relationship between science and space, from the territorial scale of states and globalization down to the scale of individual buildings. His current book project, After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century, focuses on the mapping sciences, sovereignty, and U.S. military globalism in the decades surrounding World War II. In addition to his writing, Bill also maintains a website of mapping projects,

Joanna Radin is an assistant professor in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University, where she is also affiliated with the departments of History and of Anthropology. Her research is focused on the entwined histories of human biology and ecology, epidemiology, and biotechnology since WWII. She earned her PhD in the History and Sociology of Science at UPenn in 2012 and is currently working on a book manuscript titled, Life on Ice: Cold War, Cold Societies, Cold Blood. She recently co-edited a special issue of Social Studies of Science on “Indigenous Body Parts and Postcolonial Technoscience” and is in the process of preparing an edited volume with Emma Kowal (Melbourne) titled Defrost: New Perspectives on Temperature, Time and Survival.

Matthew Sargent received a joint PhD in History and Organizational Behavior from UC Berkeley, and his research explores the intersections between economics, science, and business organization. His historical research traces European trade and knowledge exchange with Asia during the medieval and early modern period, and explores the ways in which the emergence of multinational firms and mercantile networks catalyzed cross cultural information exchanges and furthered the globalization of knowledge.

Lindsay Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico. After getting her PhD in medical anthropology at Harvard University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics and a Fellow in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of transitional justice, trauma, and scientific meaning-making. Her book manuscript, Subversive Genes: Making human rights and DNA in Argentina, examines the impact of the invention of forensic genetics on the constitution of family, justice, and democracy in post-dictatorship Argentina. As an engaged anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, Lindsay has made films and published in collaboration with human rights groups, including the documentary Aparición con Vida, detailing the use of DNA in the search for children kidnapped during the Argentine Dirty War. She is currently conducting an ethnographic study of the Latin American Initiative to Identify the Disappeared (LIID), a multinational scientific collaboration to use large-scale DNA databanking to identify those killed and disappeared during dictatorship and armed conflict in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru.

Sharon Traweek is an associate professor of history and gender studies at UCLA. She is the author of Lifetimes and Beamtimes: The World of High Energy Physicists (Harvard University Press, 1988) and of numerous articles in anthropology, Asian studies, women's studies, history, communications, and cultural studies. She has worked extensively on Japanese big science and on the crafting of cultural studies of science. Her current project is a multi-sited, historical ethnography of transnational knowledge-making practices and infrastructures in Japan, Switzerland, and the US, with a particular focus on large-scale, scientific databases of astronomy.