Our Authors

Meet our contributors.

Selim Gökçe Atıcı

Selim Gökçe Atıcı is a Ph.D. candidate at the Anthropology Department at Stanford University. He currently works on relapse prevention programs in the Kansai region in Japan, focusing on self-organized support groups comprised of individuals attending DARC (Nihon Daruku) institutions and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) platforms.

Princess Banda

Princess Banda (she/ her) is a socio-medical anthropologist who, amongst many things, is primarily a writer, educator, and researcher. Princess is currently a DPhil Anthropology student at the University of Oxford and is cultivating a research pathway which embraces the intersections and entanglements between socio-medical anthropology, women's health, racial and social justice, and critical qualitative research methods. Her doctoral thesis explores how obstetric racism is not only a significant factor in UK Black women's intergenerational experiences of unequitable maternal health, but how it is also a kind of biopolitics which reflects the UK's wider politics of race and ethics of anti-Blackness.

Lyndsey Beutin

Lyndsey Beutin is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University and Visiting Research Scholar in African American Studies at Princeton University (2023-24). Her research focuses on the racial politics of media, technology, and social justice activism. She is the author of Trafficking in Antiblackness: Modern-Day Slavery, White Indemnity, and Racial Justice (Duke, 2023). She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 and has been an early adopter of many terrible diabetes technologies, including the first generation of continuous glucose monitors.

Cal Biruk

Cal Biruk is Associate Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University. They identify as a “5.5er ally” (someone whose blood glucose hovers around 5.5mmol/L but loves and lives with a type 1 diabetic). Their interests are at the intersection of medical anthropology, STS, and queer studies. They are the author of Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World (Duke, 2018) and numerous articles in journals including American Ethnologist, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Critical Public Health, and Gay and Lesbian Quarterly. They spend a lot of time birding.

Sandra Calkins

Sandra Calkins is Associate Professor of Environment, Technology and Decolonial Knowledge within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences, University of Twente. As an anthropologist of science, she studies how knowledge about the environment comes to matter and shapes the health and futures of collective life. She is committed to thinking from, with and alongside particular lives, both human and more-than-human, relationships and worlds.

Holly Coltart

Holly Coltart is a junior doctor and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice at St George's University, London. She received her MbChB in Medicine with an intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities from the University of Glasgow. She holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University.

Thomas Cousins

Simon Cousins is the Clarendon-Lienhardt Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. He is an anthropologist of southern Africa with a particular interest in health, labour, and kinship, especially nutrition and pharmaceuticals and their attendant forms of value and life. His fieldwork to date has been in South Africa on topics including global health surveillance, welfare, communications technologies, and zoonosis.

Vyoma Dhar Sharma

Vyoma Dhar Sharma is a postdoctoral fellow with the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health. Her research focusses on the political economy of ‘inclusive’ interventions within Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) programs in India. She is examining the role of colonial legacies and international power asymmetries in determining the meaning and scope of good health for women in developing countries.

Véra Ehrenstein

Véra Ehrenstein is a statutory member and researcher at the Centre d’étude des mouvements sociaux (CEMS), Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. An engineer by training, she completed a thesis in the sociology of science and technology at the Centre for Sociology of Innovation at the École des Mines in Paris. Her current research focuses on how the climate crisis is transforming the life sciences, particularly so-called tropical forestry ecology and engineering in Central Africa.

Fionna Fahey

Fionna Fahey is a Ph.D. student of Anthropology at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, United States). Her work uses critical feminist and science and technology studies lenses to study seeds, intergenerational health, and social justice.

Jeremy Greene

Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and holds joint appointments in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Anthropology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His third and most recent book, 'The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, History, and the Limits of Telehealth' (University of Chicago Press, 2022) examines how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical practice and medical knowledge. His first two books, 'Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease' and 'Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine', (2007 and 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press) discuss the complex histories of medical technologies (like pharmaceuticals) and the series of legislative, regulatory, clinical, and consumer decisions that guide their production, circulation, and consumption. Dr. Greene’s newest research project, 'Syringe Tide: Disposable Technologies and the Making of Medical Waste', is supported by a 2023 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Carmine Grimaldi

Carmine Grimaldi is a filmmaker and historian, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University. He is currently making a film based on a collection of ½” reels from a video psychotherapeutic practice in the 1970s.

Katja Guenther

Katja Guenther is the author of 'The Mirror and the Mind: A History of Self-Recognition in the Human Sciences' (Princeton, 2022), and 'Localization and Its Discontents: A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines' (Chicago, 2015). She is Professor of History at Princeton University, and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2022.

Miguel Angel Domínguez Hernández

Miguel Angel Domínguez Hernández is a general practitioner currently working for 'Compañeros en Salud/Partners in Health Mexico'. He received his licentiate degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Mar Hicks

Mar Hicks is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Virginia, doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer STS. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQIA+ people change the core narratives of the history of computing. Hicks's multiple award-winning book, 'Programmed Inequality', looks at how the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women computer workers. Their new work studies resistance and queerness in the history of technology. Hicks is also an Associate Editor of the 'IEEE Annals of the History of Computing', and co-editor of the book 'Your Computer Is On Fire' (MIT Press, 2021).

Frédéric Keck

Frédéric Keck studied philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure and at the Université Lille III, as well as anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. He joined CNRS in 2005. He was a laureate of the Fondation Fyssen en 2007, received the CNRS bronze medal in 2011, and was a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 2015. He directed the research and teaching department at the Musée du quai Branly between 2014 and 2018. He has been the director of the Laboratory for social anthropology since January 2019.

Mariana Ramos Pitta Lima

Mariana Ramos Pitta Lima is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (CIDACS/ Fiocruz), Brazil. She holds a PhD in Public Health from Institute of Collective Health, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

Christos Lynteris

Christos Lynteris is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research focuses on zoonotic diseases from anthropological and historical perspectives. His latest book is Visual Plague: The Emergence of Epidemic Photography (MIT Press, 2022).

Kirsten Ostherr

Kirsten Ostherr is the author of 'Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies' (Oxford, 2013) and 'Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health' (Duke, 2005). She is co-editor of a two-part special issue of 'Reviews in Digital Humanities' called “Race, Health, and Medicine,” editor of 'Applied Media Studies' (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of 'Science/Animation', a special issue of the journal 'Discourse' (2016). Kirsten is currently writing two books, 'The Visual History of Computational Health' and 'Virtual Health'.

Thorben Peter Høj Simonsen

Thorben Peter Høj Simonsen holds a PhD from the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Before taking up a position as Researcher at the Danish Center for Social Science Research, he was an Assistant Professor at the IT University in Copenhagen, affiliated with the Technologies-in-Practice research group. His research interests converge around the role of space and place in healthcare. Previously he has studied the implications of so-called “healing architecture” for psychiatric practice, focusing on the role of the built environment. Increasingly, the role of digital technologies in healthcare, specifically immersive technologies like virtual reality, are the focus of his research.

Branwyn Poleykett

Branwyn Poleykett is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. She specializes in the study of public, global, and planetary health and has conducted the majority of her research in the West African city of Dakar, in Senegal.

Felix E. Rietmann

Felix E. Rietmann, MD, PhD, is research associate (SNSF Ambizione Fellow) at the chair of medical humanities at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, leading a research group on the history of child health in the nineteenth century. He has published on the history of medical and health technologies, the visual and material culture of medicine, literature and medicine, and the history of pediatrics, developmental psychology, and child psychiatry. He is currently completing a book project provisionally entitled 'Watching Babies: A History of Infant Mental Health'. The book explores how the baby has become a psychotherapeutic patient in twentieth and twenty-first century medicine. He is co-editor of the 'European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health'.

Noémi Tousignant

Noémi Tousignant is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. She came to UCL in 2018 with a Wellcome Trust University Award. She previously held postdoctoral positions at the Université de Montréal, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge. Her recent book, Edges of Exposure (Duke 2018), was awarded the Society for Social Studies of Science Ludwik Fleck Award for 2020.

Jaipreet Virdi

Jaipreet Virdi is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on the ways medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of disabled people. She is author of 'Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History' (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

Miriam Waltz

Miriam Waltz is assistant professor in gender justice and health technologies with a joint appointment between the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. Her research will focus on the development of an interdisciplinary hub on health technologies in Africa.

Hannah Zeavin

Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor. She is an Assistant Professor of History at The Berkeley Center for New Media (UC Berkeley). Zeavin is the author of 'The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy' (2021) and 'Mother Media: Technology in the American Family' (MIT Press, expected 2025). She is at work on her third book, 'All Freud’s Children: A Story of Inheritance' (US: Penguin Press; UK: Fern Press). In 2021, Zeavin co-founded The Psychosocial Foundation and is the Founding Editor of 'Parapraxis', a new magazine for psychoanalysis. She also serves as an Associate Editor for 'Psychoanalysis & History', an Editorial Associate for 'The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association', on the editorial board of 'Television and New Media', and a series editor of Palgrave’s 'Studies in the Psychosocial'. Essays and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, Dissent, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, n+1, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Franziska Zirker

Franziska Zirker is a Research Associate in the subproject “The Pandemic Situation. Health Security and the Politics of Epidemiological Data” of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre “Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective” at the University of Marburg. Her PhD research investigates technoscientific efforts to make health emergencies governable through the “real time” capture of the given epidemic situation as a snapshot of quantitative data streams. Trained in sociology and political science at the Universities of Marburg and Frankfurt/Main, she is passionate about feminist theory, science and technology studies, and social research methods.