I am a Neukom Fellow in the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College, where I am affiliated with the Department of Film & Media Studies and the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Dartmouth I received my PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego through the interdisciplinary Science Studies Program. I was also an EAPSI Fellow in the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo.
I study the complex public intersections of science, religion, media and politics from humanistic and social scientific perspectives. I am especially interested in understanding why some public debates become contentious while others do not. I am also interested in finding new ways to study how the public sphere works. These interests converge in my current book project (under contract with University of California Press), in a new project on antiscience, and in several interdisciplinary collaborations.
At Dartmouth I teach Science and Religion in American Media (FILM46.3 or SOCY49.13), which I discuss in this course development case study for Inside Higher Ed. At UC San Diego I designed and taught courses in science, technology & society, American religion, and the sociology of American health care.
My Google Scholar profile provides a complete list of publications. Unfortunately, many of those links go to paywalled versions. The following papers are available in non-paywalled versions (author manuscript in minimal XHTML unless otherwise noted):
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