Department of Sociology
University of California, San Diego
2013: PhD in Sociology,
2010: MPhil in Sociology,
2008: MA in Sociology,
2005: MA (undergrad) in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
I'm an assistant professor of sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego.
My teaching and research interests center around the sociology of science and knowledge/STS, comparative-historical sociology,
social theory, medical sociology and qualitative research methods.
In my forthcoming book, Mobilizing Mutations: Human Genetics in
the Age of Patient Advocacy, I examine the way that genetics is reshaping medical classification and giving rise to new ways of understanding human difference. Using comparative-historical methods and fieldwork, I show how the discovery of genetic mutations can lead to the delineation of novel categories of disease and difference - a practice I call 'genomic designation'. What's more, some of these mutations are being mobilized by experts and advocates alike as both new forms of illness and privileged sites of biomedical knowledge production. By tracing the social histories of these mutations, I argue that we are able to grapple with much broader issues at the intersection of the biomedical sciences and society. Mobilizing Mutations will be published in 2019 by
University of Chicago Press
My research has been published in Theory and Society, the
American Journal of Sociology, Social Studies of Science, the
Journal of Historical Sociology, Social Science & Medicine,
BioSocieties, and the Journal of Genetic Counseling.