I study technology users, technology design, and technology governance in global health and information technology. My dissertation research was an ethnography of community ophthalmology as a socio-technical system in the Global South (funded by multiple agencies e.g., CAORC, NSF, Smithsonian, etc.). In the resulting book, Eradicating Blindness: Global Health Innovation from South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan), I contribute the dual regime thesis to the multi-level perspective on socio-technical system transitions. Also during my dissertation, I became more interested in community-engaged, participatory research methods and used one such method called Photo Voice to conduct research with blind and low vision participants answering a question about how they use technology every day.
More recently, I am interested in explaining the mutual shaping of gender and technology across global scales by illuminating women's presence and absence from the governance of electronic waste dismantling, and the production of somatic tacit knowledge by women technicians in global health.
Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Michigan State University. Currently, I am an Associate Editor for the journal Science as Culture, the US Book Review Editor for the journal Science, Technology and Society, and an independent scholar and consultant.
Overall, I am interested in knowledge and innovation by (and from) the marginalized, and have previously convened an NSF-sponsored conference and network of scholars around this topic.
Keywords: Uneven Development, Epistemic oppression, Undone Science, Undone Technology, Structural Inequality, Inclusive Innovation, Strong Objectivity, Justice, Counter-Expertise
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