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
Hannah is an historian, anthropologist, and photographer whose work examines technology and infrastructure, discourses of modernity and development, environmental justice, and the intersections of artistic practice and STS, with a regional focus on the US South & Appalachia. Their dissertation is a multi-sited historical and ethnographic study of infrastructural construction, access, and failure in Memphis, TN; Montgomery, AL; and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana outside of the New Orleans levee system.
AM, History of Science, Harvard University (2016)
MA, History, College of Charleston (2015)
BS, Technical Photography, Appalachian State University (2009)
“All that is Solid: How Art and Artistic Practice Can (and Should) Inform Infrastructure Studies,” Crafting the Long Tomorrow, University of Arizona, February 2019.
“A Lively Stone: Microbial Labor, Designing for Resilience, and Self-Healing Concrete,” presented at the Annual Conference for the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Nov 2018.
Invited respondent to Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed, “The Wind Tunnel Model,” MIT program in art, culture, and technology (ACT), April 2018.