Current STS Graduate Students

Martin Abbott
Martin’s research is concerned with the nature and culture of climate change. This research is focused on how the conception of urban resilience promoted by the high-profile 100 Resilient Cities initiative intersects with urban politics, emerging technologies, and environmental change in the coastal cities of Chennai (India) and New Orleans (USA). Martin’s studies at Cornell are supported generously by the John Crampton Travelling Scholarship. Martin holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Arts in Political Sociology from Sciences Po Paris. 

Brenda Castenada

Brenda (Bren) Castañeda

Bren’s research interests include: nuclear disaster, apocalyptic imaginaries, environmental catastrophe, and speculative science fiction. They hope to dive into the global nuclear waste crisis to explore the aftermaths of radioactive contamination and the alterlives of those who face its impacts. They aim to examine the spread of environmental disasters as a racial justice issue to highlight inequalities faced by people in their experiences of earthly apocalyptic catastrophes. Bren’s previous research focused on the intersections of legal studies and STS in relation to forensic science, jury decision-making, and admissibility of evidence in court trials. Bren has a B.A. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, where they also completed the Science in Society Program. They received their M.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University. 
Amy Cheatle
Amy Cheatle
Amy's work attends to new communities of craft, computation, and robotics, where collaborative and creative endeavors drive (extra)ordinary forms of work. Her ethnographic research has explored human-robot interactions within fine art furniture studios and operating rooms, giving shape to the ways in which sensual, tacit, and embodied forms of knowledge recalibrate and extend through new computational endeavors. 
Cat Coyle
Cat Coyle 
Cat is a Ph.D. student who works at the intersection of science and technology studies, media studies, and the history of technology. Her research interests include the historical and material study of media and media transmission, and utilizes the techniques of media archaeology. She is interested in the study of failed, broken, and fossilized media technologies and phenomena. Cat received a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph’s University and an M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. 
Shoshana Deush
Shoshana Deutsh
Shoshana's areas of interest are: Illness subjectivities of healthcare professionals; mental health and trauma; prevention and risk; anthropology of the body and bodily knowledges; nursing education, expertise and practices; medical training and professional knowledges; epistemologies of care; institutional ethnography; sensory studies; feminist science studies.

Amanda Domingues
Amanda Domingues

Amanda's current project is a critical analysis of (bio) archaeologists' work and (bio) archaeological practices. She is interested in notions of the body, issues of gender and race, heritage and museum practices. Additional research interests include animal, postcolonial, and feminist studies, and critical race theory. 
Mehmet Ekinci
Mehmet Ekinci
Mehmet's interests include: Sociology and anthropology of science-technology; laboratory studies; intellectual histories of life sciences, biomedicine, biotechnology and bioinformatics; social and critical theory; economics of science; new institutionalism; public engagement with science; science journalism; science fiction and STS.
Becca Harrison
Rebecca Harrison

Becca's research considers how agricultural biotechnologists are deliberate, ethical actors navigating both a complex regulatory structure and increasing public concern about genetic engineering. Specifically, she focuses on academic scientists at land-grant institutions (like Cornell), and is using tools from STS to imagine a more reflective type of public engagement around technology development.

Jiuheng He
Jiuheng's interests include: Emerging technology; social construction of technology; artificial intelligence; social media; scientism and modernization of China; sociology of scientific knowledge.
Wanheng Hu
Wanheng Hu
Wanheng's areas of interest are: Scientism and technocracy; artificial intelligence (AI), especially its application in medicine and healthcare; the sociology of knowledge and expertise, in particular on issues of credibility; the sociology of technology; science and the public; development studies and modernization, in particular agricultural modernization; the social history of science in modern China.
Barkha Kagliwal
Barkha Kagliwal

Barkha's dissertation is tentatively titled, "Understanding Processing: Food and Technoscience in India". One solution to the problem of food wastage in India could be processing, the thesis analyzes how processing technologies are shaping the food system. Using the case of Mega Food Parks, it illuminates interactions between food processing technologies, infrastructures and national policy design in changing the agri-food sector.

Keywords: Sociology of technology; economic sociology; market sociology; food studies; food quality; Indian food system; food processing technologies.

Faridah Laffan
Faridah Laffan
Faridah's areas of interest include: 19th century archaeology; Victorian "Assyriomania"; interactions between imperialists and custodians of local knowledge in Ottoman empire; roles of race, gender, class, and religion in crystallization of Assyriology; 19th century museum practices. 
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Lisa Lehner

A PhD-Candidate at the department, Lisa is currently pursuing an ethnography about the effects of new Hepatitis C antiviral drugs on sufferers' illness experience and care practices in the context of welfare-state public health in Austria. Her research sits at the intersection of science & technology studies, medical anthropology, political science, and critical public health. In her work, she uses interdisciplinary approaches to highlight structural vulnerabilities and the downstream effects of pharmaceutical, biomedical, and public health measures, in particular on marginalized social groups. In general, she tends to think that we need to find better ways to live with viruses and viral infectivity. View her website

Lissette Lorenz
Lissette Lorenz
Lissette's research is on the social impacts of nuclear disasters with a focus on Japanese and American experiences from WWII to post-Fukushima. 
Jason Ludwig
Jason Ludwig

Jason is a PhD student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. His research interests converge around race and health, slow disaster, and possibilities for a radical politics of science and technology. 

In 2019, he was a research assistant on "Mississippi. An Anthropocene River," an arts and research collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He has co-organized Anthropocene Field Campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and New Orleans, Louisiana with Kim Fortun, Scott Knowles and Tim Schütz.

Jeffrey Mathias
Jeffrey Mathias
Jeffrey is a historian of science, technology, and medicine. His dissertation, titled “An Empire of Solitude: Isolation and the Cold War Sciences of Mind,” examines isolation as both an object for psychology, psychiatry, and neurophysiology and as part of a cultural imaginary of the remote and hostile terrains on which the Cold War might be fought. This project has been supported by NASA, the American Historical Association, and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Visit his website.