My ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. My forthcoming book, Rendering Life Molecular, is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. This book explores the laboratory entanglements of the protein crystallographers and biological engineers who are reconfiguring the materialities and imaginaries of the stuff of life in the twenty-first century.
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.