Degree: University of Chicago, 2012
My work is oriented towards two areas, and the theoretical frameworks needed to understand them. The first is the organization and dynamics of expert authority. Here I have been particularly concerned with how academic physicians establish standards and how doctors make decisions about the knowledge they will use in everyday practice. The second area in which I am working involves methods for detecting temporally and geographically distant influences on ethnographic fieldsites. I have studied how scientists use and shift language to coordinate their email and in-person interactions, and how doctors’ everyday practices are tethered to those who pioneer new techniques in other venues. Among the key themes engaged in my research are knowledge, language, work, interaction, and status. My current project is a book manuscript on the relationship between medical knowledge and medical practices, and its link to the development, maintenance, and decay of authority.