About me

I began a postdoc with the Climate Futures Initiative and Michael Oppenheimer at Princeton University on February 1, 2016. I’m working on a multi-year ethnography of the production of scientific assessments (i.e., reports written by scientists for policymakers about climate change). The Principle Investigator is Jessica O’Reilly. I also helped to organize the 2016-2017 CFI seminar.

I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, in November 2015. My dissertation is called The Social Reorganization of Polar Science: Responding to Cryospheric Change in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond. Martin Hand was my supervisor and Sergio Sismondo and Mick Smith were committee members. Brian Wynne was the external examiner. I used in-depth qualitative interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis to research how scientists and policymakers are responding to Arctic change. I framed the dissertation as an inquiry into the call to go “From Knowledge to Action,” which is the theme that concluded, in 2012, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

The research project I’m currently working on is described on this page, Ethnography and the annual sea ice minimum.