My ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. I am writing an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who image, model, and simulate subvisible molecular realms through computer-intensive technologies. This book explores research and pedagogy among the protein crystallographers and biological engineers who are reconfiguring twenty-first century molecular biology.
With support from an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government and a SSHRC RDI Grant, I convened the Plant Studies Collaboratory in 2010 to serve as a node for collaborative interdisciplinary research on plant-based ecologies and economies. In new work, I’m investigating how the phenomena of plant communication, perception and movement are galvanizing research interest in both the arts and the sciences. For more on my past, current, and ongoing research projects click here.
In my teaching I explore the history of anthropological theory, sensory anthropology, multispecies ethnography, the intersections of race, gender and science, the craft of scientific practice, and the power of facts in social worlds.