... I am an assistant professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology Program at Georgetown University. We call it CCT.
I study how information technologies and technical experts are reshaping our contemporary world. Of course, technology has been doing this for some time and so I also look back in history and ask: how have we come to live in this world of technological artifacts and proliferating experts?
I have a doctorate in sociology, but the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS) is closest to my heart. My research often focuses on the sociotechnical facets of cyberinfrastructure (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of science) and how it is transforming the practice and organization of contemporary knowledge production.
My methods are primarily ethnographic and archival. I study technology by observing and working with scientists, technical workers and other experts as they go about their daily activities. To understand our world, we must open the black boxes of science and technology and investigate the worlds of ‘technical’ people and things.
So, what does it mean to say that I am a phenomeno-technical thinker?