I am a social scientist who works on environments, expertise, and risk. I hold a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Irvine. I taught at Bucknell University in 2016-2017 and am now a post doc in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego.

I study how new technologies and risk management strategies are related to the practices, priorities, and goals of their designers as well as conditions in the material world. Much of this work is focused on the world’s first public earthquake early warning system (Mexico’s Sistema Alerta Sísmica Mexicana) and the social, technical, and material relations it depends on and makes possible.

Risk is a long-term theme in my research, as is critical attention to policy and expertise. I’ve done work on Mexico’s transnational development strategies and on organ transplantation in Chicago, and have contributed to studies on risk perception in the context of Big Data as well as new money technologies.

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