Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Tsukuba, Japan (2015–2017)
Ph.D. 2015, Social-Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto.
M.S. 2007, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
B.Sc. Hons. 2005, Science, Technology, and Society, University of Calgary..
The question underlying my research is “What does it mean to be human in contemporary technological societies?” I take the human as an entity that comes into being through the social and material relationships that it has with its surroundings. Specifically, I look at how people attain awareness of their own humanness when their surroundings come to include technologies such as wearables and robots. I focus on the human-machine interactions at the level of sensation, perception, non-verbal communication, new media, and information. Theoretically, I draw on actor-network theory, cybernetics, and feminist posthumanism.
My ethnographic research is with scientists and engineers in Japan. I also study the history of cybernetics in Japan and technology in Japanese popular culture.
In addition, I am exploring how to analyze data from anthropological publications using various computational analysis techniques.