2013–2014

Synthetic: How Life Got Made

History/Anthropology of Science (Science Studies)

"Synthetic: How Life Got Made" is an account of anthropological fieldwork I conducted between 2005 and 2012 among synthetic biologists, researchers who use engineering techniques and principles to treat biological media as a manufacturing substrate. The book examines synthetic biologists’ political, aesthetic, economic, religious, and social commitments. As I revise my manuscript for publication, I seek a research assistant who will sort and organize research materials (field notes, published articles, images), transcribe audio interviews, and gather library materials. Student assistance will help me to manage a growing archive of data and primary and secondary resources, as well as keep abreast of relevant literature related to my project. The research fellow will gain firsthand experience in qualitative research methods (relevant to anthropology, sociology, and related social science fields) and data collection and annotation.