I’m a social researcher and writer. I specialize in the social analysis of energy development and, more broadly, the anthropology of technology, sentiment, and politics. My research engages the ordinary, affective dimensions of energy transitions and their repercussions for politics in Germany and the United States. In recent years, I have become increasingly interested in the relationship between life and infrastructure, asking how life forms are appropriated in—and articulated through—energy development projects. My work has been sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, the Wenner–Gren Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Mellon Foundation and the Council for European Studies.
As a Visiting Research Fellow at Rice University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, I’m working on a book project about citizenship and everyday life in Germany’s transition to renewable energy. I’ve also begun a project on emerging uses of cyanobacteria in power generation. As co-chair of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing (CASTAC), I serve on the board of the AAA’s General Anthropology Division.
Header image: Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871).