Editorial Team

All participants in the digitalSTS workshops and online interactions are working to shape the Handbook. Their contributions range from logistical planning to crafting of the CFP’s, from posting online open peer reviews to prospective papers. In the spirit of open source group management, these community members will be recognized in the Handbook as central participants. We are in the process of compiling a complete listing: in the meanwhile, you can view participants at the San Diego workshop and Copenhagen workshop separately at these links.

Editorial Leaders

In addition to this extraordinary outpouring of community engagement, we have appointed “editorial leaders” for each section of the handbook. These will help shepherd submissions, make editorial decisions based on community peer reviews, and moderate among community members. (Note that the sections emerged from discussion at the Copenhagen and Harvard meetings and are not considered ontologically distinct topics: they are here separated only for the purposes of curation.)

Theories and Cases

Steve Jackson, Cornell University
Steve teaches and conducts research in the areas of scientific collaboration, technology policy, democratic governance, and global development. More specifically, he studies how people organize, fight, and work together around collective projects of all sorts in which technology plays a central role. He also studies how infrastructure – social and material forms foundational to other kinds of human action – gets built, stabilized, and sometimes undone. This brings him regularly into worlds of policy (especially technology, research, and development policy), organizational or institutional analysis, and occasionally into design (mostly as analyst and critic). He spends much of his time doing ethnographic and sometimes historiographic research, where he studies how shifting policies, emerging technologies, and cultural innovation meet complex and historically-layered fields of practice. His publications have appeared in Science, Technology, and Human Values, First Monday, and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work.

Janet Vertesi, Princeton University
Janet’s work on NASA missions like the Mars Rover mission and the Cassini Mission to Saturn has produced several studies of digital images in scientific practice, digital coordination and cooperative work systems for radically distributed teams, and scientific data sharing. An active member of the 4S and Human-Computer Interaction communities, Vertesi publishes at CHI, CSCW and Ubiquitous Computing alongside Social Studies of Science, participates in critical and reflective design, and sociotechnical studies. Her forthcoming book, Seeing like a Rover: Images in Interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014; and she is co-editor along with Catelijne Coopmans, Michael Lynch, and Steve Woolgar of Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited (MIT Press, 2014).


David Ribes, Georgetown University
David investigates the sociotechnical organization of cyberinfrastructure — networked resources in the support of scientific research — with a particular focus on the long-term sustainability of such organizations, collaboration at a distance, and managing the emergent transformations in knowledge production. Ribes’ research contributes both to science and technology studies and sociotechnical studies through an ongoing interest in the meeting points of knowledge, technology and human practice.

Daniela Rosner, University of Washington
Daniela’s research examines the relationship between sociocultural practices and engineering by combining ethnographic fieldwork with design interventions. Her work explores handcraft, such as knitting, and electronics repair, two areas whose relation to design and engineering innovation are often overlooked. She has worked in design research at Microsoft Research, Adobe Systems, Nokia Research and as an exhibit designer at several museums, including the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Daniela’s honors include the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, an ACM Creativity and Cognition Best Student Paper Award, and a James R. Chen Award in Information & User-Centered Design.


Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Institute of Technology
Carl’s work draws together science and technology studies, the humanities, and design research to analyze the social and political qualities of design and prototype experimental systems and services. His first book, Adversarial Design, examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. Carl presents and participates regularly at issue-oriented hackathons, and venues like the Society for Social Studies of Science and CHI.

Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology
Laura’s research is on emergent forms of organizing and urbanism enabled by mobile, wireless and ubiquitous computing technologies with an emphasis on the socio-technical practices and spaces of innovation. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement, which was published by MIT Press in 2011). Forlano was part of a collaborative project “Breakout! Escape from the Office” that was included in The Architecture League of New York’s Toward the Sentient City exhibition in 2009. Forlano received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University in 2008. Laura co-organized the Harvard workshop in 2013.

Yanni Loukissas, Harvard metaLAB
Yanni is both a designer and a researcher, with an interest in digital culture. As a Principal at metaLAB, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he explores experimental models of digital scholarship for the arts and humanities including Data Artifacts, a study of the digital turn in cultures of collecting, and Natures and Networks, a collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum to illuminate new ways of collecting and making sense of environmental data. His book, Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture, examines emerging design technologies and their implications for the redistribution of roles and responsibilities in practice, and was published by Routledge in 2012. Yanni co-organized the Harvard workshop in 2013.

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