Education

PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine. Dissertation: “Instabilities: An Ethnography of Mexican Earth and Expertise.” Awarded in 2016.

MA in Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine. Awarded in 2013.

MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Thesis: 3×1 Works if You Work the Right Way: The Mechanics of Mexican Governance in Programa 3×1 Para los Migrantes.”  Awarded in 2009.

BA in Anthropology from Reed College. Awarded in 2005.

Academic Appointments and Affiliations

2017-current: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego.

2016-2017: Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bucknell University.

2015-2016: Graduate Student Fellow, Newkirk Center for Science and Society.

2015: Graduate Student Researcher, Insurance for Building Trust and Enabling Big Data at the médialab at Sciences Po-Paris and University of California at Irvine.

2014: Instructor, Department of International Studies at California State University at Long Beach.

2014: Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine.

2011-2013: Graduate Student Researcher, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine.

2010: Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology at University of California at Irvine.

2009-2010: Research Assistant, Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University.

Research Interests

Medicine, science, and technology studies; history of technology; nature, culture, and environment; hazard, risk, and disaster; algorithms and computing; political ecology; media studies; critical development studies; material and materiality; policy and policy making; qualitative, quantitative, and archival methodologies; Latin America; North America.

Teaching

Modules and Assignments Developed and Led for Courses in Engineering and Design Programs:

2018: Robotics Reflection. A series of homework assignments developed for undergraduate engineering students in a 400-level Robotics course at the University of San Diego in March and April.

2018: Conflict Minerals. A module including homework and class work developed and led for undergraduate engineering students in a 200-level Circuits course at the University of San Diego in March.

2017: Materials: Social and Technical. A series of two workshops designed and led for undergraduate engineering students in a 300- level Materials Science course at the University of San Diego in November and December.

2017: Designing Beyond Ourselves. A series of assignments and an in-class workshop designed and led for undergraduate engineering students in a 400-level Heat Transfer course at the University of San Diego in December.

Courses Developed and Led in the Social Sciences:

2017: Anthropology 203: Hazards, Risks and Disasters. Undergraduate course at Bucknell University offered for Anthropology credit.

2016: Anthropology 260: Environmental Anthropology. Undergraduate course at Bucknell University offered for Environmental Connections and Anthropology credit.

2015: International Studies 100: Global Citizenship. Undergraduate course at the California State University at Long Beach.

2010 & 2015: Anthropology 2A: Introduction to Anthropology. Undergraduate course at the University of California at Irvine.

Latour: Metaphysics and Ecopolitics. Co-taught graduate and faculty mini-seminar at the University of California at Irvine.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2017: Tapia Hernández E, Reddy E, Oros Avilés LJ. “Retos e Incertidumbres en la Predicción y Prevención del Riesgo Sísmico.” Revista de Ingeniería Sísmica 96.

2016: Reddy E. Alerta Sismica: Matter, Meaning, and the Social Production of Earthquake Emergency.” Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación. 30.

2013: Gordon, EJ, Reddy E, Gil S, Feinglass J, Rodde J, Abecassis M, Caicedo JC. “A Culturally Competent Transplant Program Improves Hispanics’ Knowledge and Attitudes about Live Kidney Donation and Transplantation.” Progress in Transplantation. 24(1).

2012: Gordon EJ, Reddy E, Ladner DP, Friedewald J, Abecassis MM, Ison MG. “Kidney Transplant Candidates’ Understanding of Increased Risk Donor Kidneys: A Qualitative Study.” Clinical Transplantation. 23 (2).

2010: Gordon EJ, Caicedo JC, Ladner D, Reddy E, Abacassis MM. “Transplant Center Provision of Education and Culturally and Linguistically Competent Care: A National Study.” American Journal of Transplantation. 10 (12).

Book Reviews

2017: Reddy E. “New Media, Development and Globalization: Making Connections in the Global South.” Information, Communication & Society. 20 (12).

2017: Reddy E. “Altering Biopolitics: A Review of Puig de la Bellacasa’s Matters of Care.” Journal of Cultural Economy

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

2015: Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing Grad Student Paper Prize honorable mention.

2015: Associate Dean’s Fellowship from the School of the Social Sciences in the University of California at Irvine.

2015: Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowship from the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

2014: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation in Cultural Anthropology.

2014: Melvin Kranzberg Fellowship from the Society for the History of Technology.

2013: Grant-in-Aid from the American Institute of Physics. Awarded in 2013.

2013: Dissertation Research Grant from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States.

2011 & 2012: Summer Research Funding from the University of California, Irvine Department of Anthropology and School of Social Sciences.

Press About My Work

Karim W. and Balliet B. 2015. “Shaking Up the Future.” University of California, Irvine website, May 4.

Essays

2016: Reddy E. “Stability.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website.

2015: Reddy E. “The Earthquake Early Warning System that the West Coast (Almost) Already Has” on Platypus, the blog of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC).

2014: Sloterdijk P, Boellstorff T, Berghof O, Lustig C, McCahey D, McCoy MR, Reddy E, Siakel DR, Valayden D, Wilson J, and Zani L, Gude R. “Satan at the Center and Double Rhizomes: Discussing ‘Spheres’ and beyond with Peter Sloterdijk.” In the Los Angeles Review of Books. January 14th.

2014: Reddy E. “Doing Critique in K-12: Kim Fortun on Ethnography, Environment, and the EcoEd Research Group” on Platypus, the blog of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC).

2014: Reddy E. “What Does it Mean to Do Anthropology in the Anthropocene?” on the Platypus, the blog of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC).

Papers, Talks, Posters, and Exhibits

Invited talks:

2018:  “Like a Donkey Playing the Flute: Developing Environmental Risk Mitigation Technology in Mexico and the US.” Occasional Talk at the School for the Future of Innovation at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ in January.

2017: “Earthquake Early Warning: Lessons from Mexico for California.” American Association of Civil Engineers November Meeting in San Diego in September.

2017 “Cultura Sísmica Mexicana.” Conference on La Ingeniería Civil y los Retos en los Análisis del Riesgo por Fenómenos Naturales: Percepción Social at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in September.

2017 “Mexico’s Formal Seismic Culture.” Seismic Cultures Workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle WA in September.

2017 “Crying Wolf: Misfire and Meaningmaking in Mexico.” STS Works in Progress Talk at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in April.

2017 “Ugly Hoods: Algorithms and Aesthetics.” Algorithms Network Workshop in Sweden in February.

2016 “Communicating Alerts: Matter, Meaning, and the Social Production of Earthquake Emergency.” Field Research and Teaching Lab at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in April.

2016 “Misfire and Missed Opportunities: Disseminating Earthquake Early Warnings.” STS @ Ibero: First Cycle of Science and Technology Studies at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico in September.

2015 “La parte social: retos y necesidades en el mundo real.” Second Annual Symposium of Engineering and Architecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in April.

2015 Round Table on Outreach, San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Scenario Workshop, coordinated by the University of California, San Diego and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in February.

2014 “Quien es el CIRES?” Talk on organizational survey research. Centro de Instrumentación y Registro Sísmico, Mexico City Mexico in August.

2013 “Zines: Materials and Society (and Methodology).” Lecture for a masters-level Communications course. Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City Mexico in November.

 

Conference Talks:

2018: “On Mobile Geologies with Fellow Travelers: The Charisma and Social Work of Earthquake Magnitude.” American Society for Environmental History, Riverside, CA in March.

2017: “Impossible Knowledge: Mexican Earthquake Expertise and Science Fiction’s Techno-Optimisms.” American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, DC in November.

2017: “Predicting is Dangerous: Earthquake Predictions and Expert Avowal.” Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA in September.

2017: “risk = hazard x vulnerability: Equation and Intervention.” Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Santa Fe, NM in March.

2017: Discussion of panel: “The Scales on our Eyes: Climate Change and the Shifting Landscape of Risk.” Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Sanda Fe, NM in March.

2016: “How Geologies Count: Algorithmic Calculation and the Politics of Life on Shaky Ground.” Algorithms in Culture Workshop, Berkeley, CA in December.

2016: “Underground and Far Away: Seismicity, Knowledge, and Territory in Mexican Civil Protection.” American Anthropological Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN in November.

2016: “Marginal Advantage: Seismic Energy and the Value of an Early Warning in Mexico.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, Barcelona, Spain in August.

2016: “Surfacing: Mexican Seismicity Out of the Underground.” Association of American Geographers Conference, San Francisco, CA in March.

2015: “Risk Topography: Forecasting Seismic and Social Violence in Mexico.” American Anthropological Association Conference, Denver, CO in November.

2015: “Frictions.” Society for the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO in November.

2015: “The Magnitude of Mexico: Seismic Scientists and Engineers Encounter Earth Motion.” Governing the Inorganic Workshop, Santiago, Chile in September.

2015: “When Can We Repair That Field Station?: Mexican Technoscientific Earthquake Risk Mitigation Meets Narco Violence.” Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA in March.

2015: “Mexico’s Cultura de Prevención: Disaster Mitigation Experts Theorize Ways of Being.” American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, DC in December.

2014: “Experts and Earthquake Drills: Producing Affective Causality.” Repeat! The Logics of Exercises, Trainings, Tests and Rehearsals, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom in November.

2014: “The Fully Realized Man: Thinking Through a Mexican Universalist Earth Science.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina in September.

2013: “Soil Mechanics and Reflections on the Resistance of the Material.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, San Diego, CA in October.

2012: “Risky Duels: Using Tarde’s Logical Duels to Think Through L’Aquila.” American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA in November.

2012: “Risk Atlas: Thinking Through Data Movement in Mexico.” Anthropology in Transit Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA in April.

2012: “Centralized Risk: The Political Geography of Seismic Risk in Mexico.” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY in February.

2011: “Engineering Time: Disaster Policy in Mexico.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH in November.

2011: “Scale Jumps: Reading the Mexican State’s Work in Chicago.” Productive Geographies Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara in April.

2009: “Place Subjectivities: Michoacán Hometown Associations and Programa 3 x 1.” Siglo XXI: The State of Latino Studies. Inter-University Program for Latino Research Biennial Conference, Chicago, IL in September.

Chaired Conference Panels:

2017: Toying with Our Teleologies: Anthropologists Read SF. A panel at the American Anthropological Association Conference organized with Taylor Nelms (Anthropologist, University of California, Irvine), Washington, DC in November.

2017: Prediction’s Promises. A series of three panels at the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA organized with Julianne Yip and Adam Fleischmann Anthropologists, McGill University) in September.

2016: Territory, Knowledge, Motion: Materials and Politics on the Move. Panel at the American Anthropological Association Conference organized with Simone Popperl (Anthropologist, Princeton University and University of California, Irvine), Minneapolis, MN in November.

2013: Thinking with Dirt. Interdisciplinary panel at the Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting organized with Ellie Harmon (Information and Computer Scientist, University of California, Irvine) and Christina Agapakis (Biologist, University of California, Los Angeles), San Diego, CA in October.

2012: Tarde Doing Work: Ethnographic Engagements with a Recently Revived Ancestor. Panel at the American Anthropological Association Conference organized with Nick Seaver and Chima Anyadike-Danes (Anthropologists, University of California, Irvine), San Francisco, CA in November.

Posters:

2010: “Kidney Transplant Candidates’ Information Needs and Perceptions About OPTN-defined High Risk Donor Organs.” Gordon E, Reddy E, Ladner DP, Friedewald J, Ison M. American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, Denver CO. November.

Exhibits:

2012: “From Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present, and Future of Money.” Maurer B, Kett R, Seaver N, Reddy E, Seaman J, Fan J, Sully J. Exhibit at the Langson Library at the University of California at Irvine in October – December.

Retreats, Workshops, and Professional Development:

2017: Workshop on Critical Algorithm Studies. Three day workshop in Sweden supported by the Algorithm Network.

2016: Workshop on Teaching Writing. Two week summer course at Bucknell University.

2010-2015: California STS Retreat. Weekend retreat and workshop at Marin Headlands in California in summer.

2014: Southern California STS Retreat. Weekend retreat and workshop in the Anza-Borrego Desert in California in Winter.

Event Design and Co-ordination

2018: Changemaker Showcase. A showcase event developed for faculty and students at the University of San Diego with Bre Przestrzelski (Engineering Education Researcher and Bioengineer, University of San Diego) in February.

2018: Student Changemaker Workshop. A workshop for students at the University of San Diego developed with Michelle Camacho (Sociologist, University of San Diego) and Leonard Perry (Industrial and Systems Engineer, University of San Diego) in February.

2017: Introduction to Design Thinking. A workshop developed and led for faculty and staff at the University of San Diego developed with Bre Przestrzelski (Engineering Education Researcher and Bioengineer, University of San Diego) in December.

2015-2016: Faculty Writing Sessions. Weekly events at the Field Research Teaching Lab at Bucknell University.

2013: Speculative Ecologies: Thinking Through New Projects Using Ecological Tools. Day-long, university-funded workshop for graduate students developed with Emily Brooks, Leah Zani, and Colin Cahill (Anthropologists, University of California, Irvine) in April.

2012: Risk and Risk Theory: Strategies, Methodologies and Ethics. Workshop event at Critical Geography Meeting organized with Emily Brooks (Anthropologist, University of California, Irvine), Raleigh-Durham, NC in October.

2012: Dominique Boullier on the Habitele. Talk at the University of California, Irvine, organized with Nick Seaver (Anthropologist, University of California, Irvine), in May.

2012: Reading Group on Gabriel Tarde. Quarter-long reading group for graduate students and faculty at the University of California, Irvine organized with Nick Seaver and Chima Anyadike-Danes (Anthropologists, University of California, Irvine), in Spring.

2011 & 2012: Annual Conference for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. Two-day annual meeting for international scholarly community with over 100 participants at University of California, Irvine organized with Nick Seaver, Jenny Fan, Taylor Nelms, Stephen Rea, and Bill Maurer (Anthropologists and Affiliates, University of California, Irvine) in December.

2012: Sideways: A Conversation About Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies Today. Event with international participants at the University of California, Irvine, co-organized with Nick Seaver and Bill Maurer (Anthropologists, University of California, Irvine) in December.

 

Service and Other Work

2018-: Working Group on Science and Technology Studies in Practice for the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Member of the Steering Committee.

2016-: Committee for San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Scenario Project. Member of Socio-Economic Impact Working Group and Fundraising Working Group.

2015- 2017: The Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing  of the American Anthropological Association. Co-Chair Elect,.

2015: Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing of the American Anthropological Association. Junior-Senior Mentorship program organizer.

2014-2016: Platypus, the blog of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing of the American Anthropological Association. Associate blog editor.

2013 – 2014: Anthropology Undergraduate Committee at the University of California at Irvine. Curriculum analyst.

Associations and Societies

American Anthropological Association

Society for the Social Studies of Science

Society for the History of Technology

Association of American Geographers

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

 

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