Technology and Society

Sandip Bhatt

Research Interests: Performance validation/error assessment practices for automated and semi-automated inference systems where ‘gold standard’ truth data is difficult or impossible to obtain, the ways in which these practices have (and have not) evolved over time, how they privilege certain metrics over others (e.g. quantitative over qualitative, representative cases over edge cases), and how they reflect the valuation of different types of labor (e.g. coding vs. manual review) within the development community.

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Rory Brinkmann

Research Interests: History of Medicine, postcolonial studies, science and race.

Rory Brinkmann is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard GSAS's Department of the History of Science. He is interested in the social structuring of 21st and 20th century transnational biomedicine with attention to postcolonial contexts. He completed his B.A. at Bowdoin College and an M.Phil at the University of Oxford.

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Hannah Conway

Research Interests: History of science, technology, and engineering; public infrastructure and technology; state sponsorship of research and design; theory and epistemology of applied sciences; science-fiction and cultural acceptance of scientific and technological advance; technological fear; infrastructure studies; development studies; environmental justice; rural studies

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Ashton Macfarlane

Ashton Macfarlane

Research Interests: History of environmental monitoring; legal assimilation of biological and environmental data; history of 20th century biology; scientific collaborations between New Zealand and the United States; history of environmental, biological, and meteorological IGOs and cooperative ventures; history of ecology/phenology; history of wildlife conservation and animal welfare; history of carbon dioxide measurement.

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Wythe Marschall

Wythe Marschall

Research Interests: Agriculture and the environment; agricultural technology; anthropology of food and agriculture; anthropology of technology; anthropology of work; biotechnology and bioengineering/synthetic biology; cellular agriculture; controlled environment agriculture (CEA)/vertical farming; cultural anthropology; DIY/maker movements; ecological design; food policy; futurism; plant studies; postcapitalism; science fiction/speculative design; startups; urban agriculture; urban planning

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Mateo Montoya

Research Interests: History of finance; history of economics;quantification; history of state and colonial administration.

Mateo is an Ashford Fellow and PhD student in the History of Science department. He is interested in the technicalization of financial instruments, audits, and government initiatives and their relations with political economic thought beginning in the Early Modern period. He currently focuses on Early Modern France and its colonial holdings. Mateo received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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