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Christine Leuenberger




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Christine Leuenberger

Senior Lecturer
Department of Science & Technology Studies

phone: 607-255-3810
room: 307 Morrill Hall

On Leave Fall 2016


  • Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • M.A., Sociology of Contemporary Culture, University of York, England
  • B.A., International Relations, Schiller International University

Graduate Fields:

  • Science & Technology Studies


Research Interests

Dr. Christine Leuenberger's research is specialized in Science & Technology Studies, qualitative methods, sociology of medicine, classical and contemporary sociological theory, sociology of knowledge, interactional sociology, sociology of culture, gender studies, transformation studies of Eastern Europe, Middle Eastern Studies, Peace Studies, and the sociology and history of the human and behavioral sciences. Her current research projects focus on the social impact of the West Bank Barrier and on the history and sociology of the human sciences in the Middle East.

Recent Media Exposure and Outreach Activities

Other Activities 

Science & Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015-present

Recent Courses Taught

  • Fall 2015 - (STS 4951) Social Studies of the Human Sciences
    M: 10:10-12:05, 4 credits

  • Fall 2015 - (STS 6311) Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Science
    M: 2:30-4:25, 4 credits

  • Spring 2015 - (STS 4301) Social Studies of Space, Technologies and Borders
    T: 10:10-12:05, 4 Credits
  • Spring 2015 - (STS 6311) Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Science
    T: 2:30-4:25, 4 Credits

  • Fall 2014 - (BSOC/STS 3111) Sociology of Medicine
    MW: 1:25-2:15, 4 Credits

  • Fall 2014 - (STS 4951) Social Studies of the Human Sciences
    W: 10:10-12:05, 4 Credits

  • Spring 2014 - (BSOC/STS 3111) Sociology of Medicine
    MW: 1:25-2:15, 4 Credits
  • Spring 2014 - (STS 6311) Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Science
    W: 10:10-12:05, 4 Credits

Selected Publications

  • "Mapping Genres and Geopolitics: The Case of Israel" (with Izhak Schnell). Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.  Article first published online: 20 Mar 2014.  Available at:

  • "The Rhetoric of Maps: International Law as a Discursive Tool in Visual Arguments", in Law & Ethics of Human Rights (2013) 7/1: 73-107. Available at: 

  • "On Fences and Neighbors", in Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Albert (eds.) Keep Your Eye on the Wall: Palestinian Landscapes (London: Saqi Books): 2013. Also available in French Keep your eye on the Wall (Garde un oeil sur le mur): Paysages Palestiniens (Editions Textuel, France): 2013.

  • "Map-Making for Palestinian State-Making", Arab World Geographer / Le Géographe du monde arabe, Vol 16, no 1 (2013) 54-74. 

  • "Mapping Israel/Palestine: Constructing National Territories across Different International Newspapers", Bulletin du Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem [En ligne], 23 | 2012, mis en ligne le 20 janvier 2013, Consulté le 15 avril 2013. URL:

  • "Building Walls in August: Psychological Constructions of the Berlin Wall and the West Bank Barrier", in special issue: "The Semiotics of August in the 20th Century", New Literary Observer (in Russian). 116/4. 2012. Кристин Лойенбергер, "Стены воздвигаются в августе, Новое" литературное обозрение №116 (4/2012). Семиотика августа в XX веке.  URL:

  • The Self as Project: Politics and the Human Sciences. Osiris, 22, (co-edited with Greg Eghigian and Andreas Killan).  Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007.

  • Erving Goffman. Rede-Weisen: Formen der Kommunikation in sozialen Situationen (co-edited with Hubert Knoblauch and Bernt Schnettler).  Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgelsellschaft, 2005.

  • "From the Berlin Wall to the West Bank Barrier: How material objects and psychological theories can be used to construct individual and cultural traits", in Katharina Gerstenberger and Jana Braziel (eds.) (2011) After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan).

  • "The West Bank Wall as Canvas: Art and Graffiti in Palestine/Israel," Palestine-Israel Journal: Jerusalem - In the Eye of the Storm, 17 (1&2), 2011.

  • "The Politics of Maps: Constructing National Territories in Israel" (with Izhak Schnell), Social Studies of Science, 2010: 40/6: 803-842.  Also published Online First, September 1, 2010 as doi:10.1177/0306312710370377.

  • Cultures of Categories: Psychological Diagnoses as Institutional and Political Projects Before and After the Transition from State Socialism in 1989 in East Germany," Osiris, 22.  Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007.

  • "Introduction: The Self as a Political and Scientific Project in the 20th Century" (with Greg Eghigian and Andreas Killan), Osiris, 22.  Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007.