Logan Williams


Logan Williams

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Email: will2734@msu.edu    Phone: 517-353-7259
  • Office: 433A Berkey Hall

Degree: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013


Logan Williams is a sociologist in both the Lyman Briggs College and the department of Sociology at Michigan State University where she teaches graduate students in sociology and undergraduates majoring in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Her research contributes to political sociology of science and technology and the broader interdisciplinary fields of science and technology studies and science policy studies. Typically, she investigates the global circulation of science and technology and the implications for providing innovative solutions to address issues of science, technology and inequality. She is interested in the power relationships between the elite and the marginalized as they are expressed through: science and technology transfer (appropriation, diffusion, translation, contestation), scientific knowledge production, technology design, and users of technology. She draws upon theory from feminist scholarship and agnotology (the study of ignorance) to illuminate questions of epistemology and positionality. She also utilizes theory from science and technology studies and science policy studies scholars that looks at user agency, and the change in large sociotechnical systems over time. This research also contributes to discussions of: health disparities within medical sociology; sustainability within environmental sociology; and both international governance structures as well as the global migration of STEM experts within development sociology. For more information, please see her personal webpage, http://logandawilliams.weebly.com/

Associated Programs: Lyman Briggs College; Center for Gender in Global Context; Peace & Justice Program
Research Areas: Environment; Health and Medicine
Selected Publications:

Hess, David J., Sulfikar Amir, Scott Frickel, Daniel L. Kleinman, Kelly Moore, and Logan D. A. Williams. 2016. “Structural Inequality and the Politics of Science and Technology”. Handbook of Science and Technology Studies Fourth Edition. Edited by Clark Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Ulrike Felt, and Rayvon Fouché. MIT Press. For more information about the fourth edition of the handbook, please read the following blog post from the Society for Social Studies of Science: http://www.4sonline.org/blog/post/handbook_for_the_ages

Williams, Logan D. A. (Forthcoming, March 2017). “Getting Undone Technology Done: Global Health Techno-assemblage and the Value-Chain of Invention”. Special issue, "Global Techno-Assemblages: Entanglements of Inventions, Markets, and Labor". Edited by Amit Prasad and Aneesh Aneesh. Science Technology & Society an International Journal.

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