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A. Aneesh is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, he taught in the Science, Technology & Society Program at Stanford University. Author of Virtual Migration: the Programming of Globalization (Duke University Press 2006), his interests lie at the intersection of information technologies, nation-state and labor studies. In this book, he investigates how new technologies of globalization, informed by programming languages, effect a break with previous notions of labor migration. Winner of the MacArthur Foundation’s major research grant in Global Security and Sustainability, Aneesh combines sociological and anthropological methods, cutting across disciplinary boundaries. In 2006-07, he was Resident Scholar at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, and was a fellow at the Center for 21st Century Studies during 2008-09 academic year. He is currently working on his second book, tentatively titled Neutral Accent: the Cultural Seams of Global Talk.


Paul Brodwin is a broadly trained medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research both internationally (Haiti and the French West Indies) and in the US (chronic pain centers, human population genetics, and urban community psychiatry). His work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, National Human Genome Research Institute (and R01 grant), the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Fund for Anthropological Research. He studies the intersection of medical practices and illness experience with ethical systems and moral discourses. His work offers a critical reflection on how moral orders are produced and disrupted by both clinicians and patients. He focuses particularly on the moral landscape of health services for marginalized and disenfranchised groups. His current project examines “everyday ethics” among psychiatrists, social workers, and case managers in an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program in inner-city Milwaukee. ACT is a popular mode for providing out-patient medical care to people with persistent, severe mental illness. This project explores the zones of enduring ethical vulnerability in ACT. It asks how clinicians articulate ethical dilemmas in everyday work, and it specifies the slippage between conventional bioethics and the emergent dilemmas faced by front-line practitioners. The work draws on practice theory and Science & Technology Studies, and it aims to advance the dialogue between bioethics and anthropology.


Noelle Chesley is an Assistant Professor in the department of sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Her research examines the role of technological innovation in shaping work and family life. Her publications include “Blurring Boundaries: Linking Technology Use, Spillover, Individual Distress and Family Satisfaction” (Journal of Marriage and Family, December 2005), “Families in a High Tech Age: Technology Usage Patterns, Work and Family Correlates, and Gender” (Journal of Family Issues, May 2006), and “The New Technology Climate” (with Phyllis Moen & Richard P. Shore) in It’s About Time: Couples and Careers, 2003, Cornell University Press.


Tracey Heatherington is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.Her research adopts critical approaches to science, culture and environment. She is currently studying how technical training shapes 'environmentalities' in Sardinia, Italy. She is also participating in an applied project for environmental science and technology transfers to Eastern Europe. She teaches lectures and seminars related to the anthropology of science & technology, applied anthropology, political ecology, and development studies.


Barbara L. Ley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Research interests: women's health/environmental health science, policy, and activism; digital cultures; health, science, and the media; media anthropology.


Thomas Malaby is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Co-coordinator of the Modern Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published articles and essays on virtual worlds, practice theory, risk, and mortality, and his book,Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City (University of Illinois Press) explores human attitudes toward risk through an examination of the practice of gambling in Crete. His principal research interest is in the relationships among modernity, unpredictability, and technology, particularly as they are realized through games and game-like processes. He is in the process of co-editing a special issue series for the online journal First Monday entitled “Command Lines,” which explores the emergence of governance (in its various forms) online. His current research, supported by the National Science Foundation, examines how ethics are encoded and emergent in the production of complex online synthetic worlds through ethnographic research at Linden Lab, makers of Second Life. He is a contributing author to the blog Terra Nova, and his current writings can be found through his author page at the Social Science Research Network.


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