I am a researcher in science and technology studies, currently working as assistant professor at the Science and Technology Studies group of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. I was previously a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, and a visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
My research focuses on the relation between technology, scientific knowledge and sensory experience, using both historical and ethnographic methods. Specifically, my work has been concerned with listening, and the way this has been mobilised, taught, and controlled in knowledge practices across twentieth-century field biology, contemporary experimental sciences and the post-war workspace.
My first book, Listening in the Field, is published with MIT Press’ Inside Technology series. It traces a history of sound recording in field ornithology and shows how changing popular and technological cultures of sound have structured our knowledge and experience of the natural world. In a subsequent project, I have investigated how scientists and technicians rely on bodily skills to manage experimental work (such as its timing) in the laboratory.
My newest project investigates how work has come to be designed, regulated and experienced as a bodily practice. This is part of a broader interest in how the phenomenal and collective experience of work has changed over the twentieth century.
I will document my ongoing research findings here.