Michael Fischer CV





DEPARTMENT:  STS & Anthropology

CITIZENSHIP:  United States


INSTITUTION                                                                         DEGREE                  DATE

The Johns Hopkins University                                               B.A.                           1967

The London School of Economics                                         —                        1965-66

The University of Chicago                                                      M.A.                          1969

The University of Chicago                                                      Ph.D.                         1973

TITLE OF DOCTORAL THESIS:   Zorastrian Iran Between Myth and Praxis


Phi Beta Kappa                                                                                                             1967

Delta Phi Alpha                                                                                                             1966

Woodrow Wilson Fellow                                                                                   (Hon.) 1967

NIMH Predoctoral Fellow                                                                                       1967-72

NIMH Research Grant                                                                                             1969-72

Roy D. Albert Prize for M.A. Thesis, University of Chicago                                       1969

S.S.R.C. Research Grant                                                                                               1974

Fulbright Lectureship, University of Brasilia                                                                1982

U.S.- Indo Subcommission Senior Scholarship                                                     1984-85

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars                                 1988-89

Senior Fellow, Smithsonian Institution                                                                          1990

Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship Residency Site Grant for the Rice Center for Cultural Studies, for 3 years                                                                                          1989

Renewal of the above institutional grant for 2 years                                                   1991

Carnegie Fellow                                                                                                            2005

American Ethnological Society Senior Book Prize for Emergent Forms of Life & the Anthropological Voice.                                                                                                 2005

American Anthropological Association General Anthropology Award for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship for “Four Genealogies for a Recombinant Anthropology of Science and Technology”                                                                                             2009


2010-2020     Visiting Research Professor, Singapore University of Technology                                        Design

2013                Ngee Ann Kongsi Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore

2010-12           Visiting Research Professor, National University of Singapore

2007-               Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, MIT

1996-2000      Director, Program in Science, Technology & Society, M.I.T

1998-               Lecturer, Dept. of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

1993-                Prof. of Anthropology & Science and Technology Studies, M.I.T.

1987-1992       Director, Center for Cultural Studies, Rice University

1988-1992       Professor of Anthropology, Rice University

1981-88           Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University

1981-1992        Director Graduate Studies, Rice University Anthropology Department

1982-83           Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, Rice University

1977-81            Associate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

1975-76           Research specialist, University of Chicago Islam & Social Change Project

1973-77            Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology & Middle East                             Studies, Harvard University

1972-73            Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

1969                 Teaching Assistant, Philosophical Anthropology,University of Chicago

1967                  Research Assistant, University of Chicago Family Study  (Jamaica)


1967                  Researcher, Engineer Agency for Resources Inventories, U.S. Corps of                               Engineers, Washington, D.C.

1965, 64, 63     Clerk, National Institutes of Health: NINDB, OD, NIMH

1962                  Translator (under contract to ) U.S. Weather Bureau (German)


Jamaica:                                  summer 1968(kinship, religion, stratification)

Iran:                                          1969-71 (4 religious communities–Zoroastrian, Muslim,                                                         Jewish, Baha’i in a provincial town: politics, economics,                                                       religion, and social history)

Guyana, Surinam, Trinidad:    summer 1973 (exploratory: East Indian Muslims, Baha’is)

Afghanistan, Iran:                    summer 1974 (bazaar economy)

Iran:                                           1975 (Muslim religious leaders: training, social mobility,                                                        and social status)

Morocco, Israel, Egypt:           summer 1979 (exploratory: Iranian Jewish psychic                                                                 problems in Israel, Azali Baha’is)

India:                                         1984-85 (business communities in Western India: Jains,                                                      Parsis)

India:                                         summer 1990, Xmas break 1990 (Bombay film and                                                                advertising)

Armenia                                    1991 Xmas break (reconstruction of civil society after                                                            earthquake)

Poland                                      August l993 (interviewing filmmaker and critic)

India                                         1994-2003 December and summers (computer scientists                                                   and entrepreneurs; molecular biologists and physicists;                                                                                filmmakers)

Israel/Palestine                       2004-05 Xmas, summers: environmental issues in Wadi Khalil-Wadi Beersheva

Iran                                           2005-07 Xmas, summers:  science and ethics

Indonesia, Iran, Turkey.          2007 science & technology in the Muslim world

Singapore                               January 2009, June 2010, Dec 2010-Jan,2011, Jun-Jul 2011, Dec 2011-Jan 2012, August 2012, Jan-July 2013: Biopolis; May-June 2014; Jan-June 2015; Jan. 2016; June 2016, Jan-June 2017, Jan & June 2018, Jan-Feb 2019, Jan 2020.



2021 (under review)  Art and Emergent 21st Century Common Sense.

2018  .    Anthropology in the Meantime: Experimental Ethnography, Theory and Method for The Twenty-First Century.  Duke University Press.

2009       Anthropological Futures.  Duke University Press.  399 pp. [6/2014: 1,030 copies sold] translation:  Brazilian Portuguese (chapters 1-5), (2011).

2004       Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges:  Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry.  Duke University Press.  475pp.

2003       Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice.  Duke University Press.  477pp. [1500 pbks sold, 6/2014]

2003       2nd Edition (with new introduction).  Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution. University of Wisconsin Press.

1999       2nd Edition (with new introduction).   Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences.  (with George E. Marcus). University of Chicago. 228 pp. translations: Chinese (2004), Croatian (2004), Korean (2006), Hungarian (ch. 6 in Helikon (2005:1-2)

1990       Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues between Tradition and Postmodernity (with Mehdi Abedi). University of Wisconsin Press.  564 pp.

1986       Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences (with George Marcus). University of Chicago Press.  205 pp. translations:  Japanese, Chinese (Taiwan & Beijing), Spanish, Italian.

1980        Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution. Harvard University Press.  314 pp.

Edited Books

2010  with B. Good, S. Willen, and M.J.D. Good.  A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities.  Blackwell.

Edited Book Series (with Joe Dumit) Experimental Futures: Technological Lives, Scientific Arts, Anthropological Voices. Duke

Chapters in Books

2017       “Silver Tsunami – Paradigm Shift – New Urban Creativity.” in Chong, Keng Hua and Mihye Cho, eds., Ageing Creative Cities.  Routledge.

2017       “Dense and Ageing: Social Sustainability of Public Places Amidst Hi-Density Development.”  (with Keng Hua CHONG, Kien TO)  in Bay, Philip Joo-Hwa and Steffan Lehmann eds.  Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability.  Routledge.

2015       “Husayn.” Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd edition.  New York: Macmillan Reference

2015       “Experimental Ethnography”.  International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.

2015       “Anthropology of Science and Technology.”  International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

 2015      “’Behaves Like a Rooster and Cries Like a [four eyed] Canine’: Nightmares, Depression, Psychiatry, & the Rise of Iranian Psychiatric Selves” (with Orkideh Behrouzan). In Devon E. Hinton and Alexander L. Hinton, eds. Genocide and Mass Violence.  Cambridge University Press, pp105-36.

2015       “Time, Camera and the Digital Pen: Writing Culture Operating Systems 1.0-3.0.” in Orin Starn, ed., Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology.  Duke UP.

2014       “Philosophia and Anthropologia: Reading alongside Benjamin in Yazd, Derrida in Qum, Arendt in Tehran.”  in Das, Veena, Arthur Kleinman, Michael Jackson, and Brighu Singh, ed.s, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy. Duke University Press, pp 188-217.

2013       “Galactic Polities, Radical Egalitarianism, and the Practice of Anthropology: Tambiah on Logical Paradoxes, Social Contradictions, and Cultural Oscillations.” In Felicity Aulino, Miriam Goheen and S.J. Tambiah, eds., Radical Egalitarianism: Local Realities, Global Relations.  Fordham University Press, pp. 233-58.

2013       “The Peopling of Technologies”  In J. Biehl and A. Petryna, eds. When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health.  Princeton University Press, pp 347-73.

2012       “The Anthropology of Scientific Moralities” in D. Fassin, ed.  A Companion to Moral Anthropology.   Wiley-Blackwell.

2012       “Lively Biotech and Translational Research” in K. Sunder Rajan, ed.  Lively Capital.  Duke UP

2010a     “Dr. Judah Folkman’s Decalogue and Network Analysis.”  in A Reader in Medical Anthropology, eds. Good, Fischer, Willen, and Good.   Wiley-Blackwell.  pp 339-44

2010b     “Introduction: Part V, Biosciences, Biotechnologies.”  in A Reader in Medical Anthropology, eds. Good, Fischer, Willen, and Good.   Wiley-Blackwell.

2010c     “Body Marks” In Ivan Crozier, ed.  Cultural History of the Body, vol. 6.  Berg Publishers.

2009       “Emergent Forms of Life in Corporate Arenas.”  in Melissa Cefklin, ed. Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter:  Reflections on Research In and Of Corporations. New York: Berghahn.

2009       “Renewable Ethnography” in G. Marcus and J. Faubion, ed.  Fieldwork is Not What It Used to Be: Anthropology’s Culture of Method in Transition.  Cornell UP.

2009       “Emergent Forms of (Un)Natural Life,”  In Cabell King and David Albertson, ed. Without Nature: A New Condition for Theology.  Fordham University Press.

2008       “’To Live With What Would Otherwise Be Unendurable II: Caught in the Borderlands of Palestine/Israel.”  in Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra T. Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron Good, ed.: Postcolonial Disorders.  University of California Press.

2007       “’To Live With What Would Otherwise Be Unendurable: Returns to Subjectivities.”  In Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman, ed.  Subjectivities: Ethnographic Investigations. University of California Press.

2007       “The Geoid.”  In Sherry Turkle, ed.  Evocative Objects: Things We Think With. MIT Press.

2006       “Dialogue with Meron Benveniste and Salim Tamari.”  in City of Collision: Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism, edited by Philip Misselwitz and Tim Reiniets.  Birkhauser.

2006       “Culture and Cultural Analysis,”  “Sciences, Technology and Society,” “Persian Poesis” in Mike Featherstone, ed.  Problematizing Global Knowledge.  Sage.

2005       “Deep Play, Violence, and Social Reconstruction,” in R.A. Shweder and B. Good, ed. Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues.  Univ. of Chicago Press.

2003       “Husayn ibn Ali Talib” and “Hasan ibn Ali Talib”  in Martin, Richard, ed.  Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.   New York: Macmillan Reference

2001        “Filmic Judgment and Cultural Critique: The Work of Art, Ethics, and Religion in Iranian Cinema.”  In  Hent de Vries and Samuel Weber, ed.  Religion and Media.  Stanford University Press.

2000       “Before Going Digital/Double Digit/Y2000, A Retrospective of Late Editions.” Late Editions, 8.  Zeroing In on the Year 2000.  ed. G. Marcus.  U. Chicago Press.

2000.      “Calling the Future(s) with Ethnographic and Historiographic Legacy Disciplines: STS @ the Turn []000 .mit.edu”  Late Editions, 8.  “Zeroing In on the Year 2000.  University of Chicago Press.

2000       “Calling the Futures(s)”, abbreviated version. In R. Reid and S. Traweek, ed. Culture + Science.   Routledge.

2000       “With a Hammer, A Gouge and a Wood Block”: The Work of Art and Medicine in the Age of Social Re-Traumatization: The Texas Wood-Cut Art of Dr. Eric Avery.”   In G. Marcus, Para-Sites (Late Editions 7). University of Chicago Press

2000       “If Derrida is the Gomez-Pena of Philosophy, What are the Genres of Social Science?  Just Gaming: The Y2K Computer Bug and Other Uncertainties — A     Critical Simulation Game.”  In G. Marcus, ed.  Para-Sites (Late Editions 7)  University of Chicago Press.

1999        “Emergent Forms of Life: Anthropologies of Late or Post Modernities.” Annual Reviews of Anthropology, 28:455-78.

1999        “Worlding Cyberspace: Towards an Ethnography in Time, Space and Theory”  In G. Marcus, ed. Critical Anthropology Now.   School for American Research.

1998        “Filmic Judgment and Cultural Critique: Postcommunist Polish & Postrevolutionary Iranian Film.”  in Dimitra Gefou-Madianou, ed., Recent Trends in Anthropological Theory and Ethnography.  Athens: Ellinika Grammata. (in Greek)

1997        “Functionalism,” “Structuralism,” “Interpretive Anthropology,” “Critical Anthropology,”             “Postmodern Anthropology.”  In Thomas J. Barfield, ed., Dictionary of Anthropology.  London: Blackwell.

1997        “Filming Poland: the Ethnographic (Documentary, Narrative) Films of Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz.”  in Marcus, ed. Cultural Producers in Perilous States (LateEditions, Volume 4). U. of Chicago Press.

1996        “Critical Anthropology,” (with G. Marcus) in David Levinsdon and Melvin Ember, edS.   Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology.   New York: Henry Holt & Co.

1995        “Qum,” and “Bazaar” in John Esposito, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World.  Oxford University Press.

1995        “Eye(I)ing the Sciences and their Signifiers (Language, Tropes, Autobiographies: Interviewing for a Cultural Studies of Science and Technology.” in G. Marcus, ed. Technoscientific Imaginaries. ( Late Editions, Volume II).  Univ. of Chicago Press.

1995        “Film as Ethnography and Cultural Critique in the Late Twentieth Century.” in Diane Carson and Lester Friedman, ed.  Shared Differences: Multicultural Media and Practical Pedagogy.  University of Illinois Press.

1995        “Starting Over: How, What, and for Whom Does One Write about Refugees?  The Poetics and Politics of Refugee Film as Ethnographic Access in a Media-Saturated World.”  in E. Valentine Daniel and John Chr. Knudsen, ed. Mistrusting Refugees. University of California Press.

1994        “Autobiographical Voices (1,2,3) and Mosaic Memory:  Experimental Sondage in the (Post) Modern World.”  In Kathleen Ashley, Leigh Gilmore, & Gerald Peters, ed..  Autobiography and Postmodernism.   University of Massachusetts Press.

1993        “Six to Eight Characters in Search of Armenian Civil Society amidst the Carnivalization of History.” (with Stella Gregorian).  in G. Marcus, ed.  Perilous States (Late Editions, I),  U. Chicago Press.

1993        “Working through the Other: The Jewish, Spanish, Turkish, Iranian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and German Unconscious of Polish Culture; or, One Hand Clapping: Dialogue, Silences, and the Mourning of Polish Romanticism.” in G. Marcus, ed. Perilous States (Late Editions, I).  Univ. of Chicago Press.

1993        “An Iranian Village Boyhood.” (with Mehdi Abedi).  in Edmund Burke III, ed. Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East.  Univ. of California Press.

1993        “Five Frames for Understanding the Iranian Revolution.” In Kenneth Kulman, ed.  Critical Moments in Religious History.  Mercer Press.

1992        “Reading for the Ethnography”  in D.W. Cohen and E.S. Atieno-Odhiambo.  Burying S.M. Heinemann.

1990        “Qur’anic Dialogues: The Poetics and Politics of Islam for Muslims and for Us.” in Tullio Maranhao, ed., The Interpretation of Dialogue. University of Chicago Press.

1990        “Sacred Circles: Iranian (Zoroastrian and Shi’ite Muslim) Feasting and Pilgrimage  Circuits” in J.S. Scott and P. Simpson-Housley, eds., Sacred Spaces and Profane Places.   Greenwood Press

1989        “Legal Postulates in Flux: Justice, Wit & Hierarchy in Iran.” in D. Dwyer, ed., Law and Politics in the Middle East. J.F.Bergin. pp 115-142

1987        “Repetitions in the Revolution.” In Shi’ism, Resistance, Revolution. Martin Kramer, ed. Westwood Press. pp 117-132

1986        “Ethnicity and the Postmodern Arts of Memory.” In Writing Culture: the Politicsand Poetics of Ethnography. J. Clifford and G. Marcus, eds. University of                   California Press.

1985        (with Mehdi Abedi). “Foreword” to A Clarification of Questions by Ayatollah S. Ruhollah Mousavi Khomeni, E.T.J. Borujerdi. Westview Press.

1983        “Imam Khomeini: Four Ways of Understanding.” in John Esposito, ed., Voices of Islamic  Resurgence. Oxford University Press. pp 150-74

1981         “Supporting the Evolution of Modern Civil Society from a Traditional Base.” In Raymond Gastil, ed., Freedom in the World: Political Rights and Civil Liberties. Greenwood Press.

1980        “Competing Ideologies and Social Structures in the Persian Gulf.” In A.J. Cottrell, ed., The Persian Gulf States. Johns Hopkins.

1980        “Introduction” to E. Bacon, Central Asians Under Russian Rule. Cornell.

1978        “On Changing the Concept and Position of Persian Women.” In L.Beck and N. Keddie, eds. Women in the Muslim World.  Harvard University Press.

1977        “Persian Society: Transition & Strain.” In H. Amirsadeghi & R.W. Ferrier, ed. Twentieth Century Iran. London: Heinemann.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2018        “Theorizing STS from Asia: Towards an STS multi-scale bioecology framework — A Blurred Genre Manifesto/Agenda for an Emergent Field.”  EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society)

2018        “A Tale of Two Genome Institutes: Qualitative Networks, Charismatic Voices, and R&D Strategies — Juxtaposing GIS Biopolis [Singapore] and BGI [Shenzhen].” Science, Technology, Society  (Sage).

2017        “Urban Mahabharata: Health Care, Ordinary, Traditional, and Contemporary Ethics.” Medical Anthropology Theory.  4(3).  http://medanthrotheory.org/issue/vol-4-3/

2016        “Anthropological STS in Asia.” Annual Reviews in Anthropology.

2015        “Ethnography for Aging Societies: Dignity, Cultural Genres, and Singapore’s Imagined Futures”]  American Ethnologist. 42(2): 207-229. ISSN 0094-0496, online ISSN                             1548-1425.  DOI: 10.1111/amet.12126

2015        “Anthropology of Science and Technology.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Elsevier.

2014        “The Lightness of Existence and the Origami of ‘French Anthropology’: Latour, Descola, Viveiros de Castro, Meillassoux, and their so-called Ontological Turn.”  Hau.                                 Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4 (1): 331–355

2013        “Biopolis: Asian Science in the Global Circuitry”.  Science, Technology, Society (Sage), 18(3):379-404.

2012        “On Metaphor: Reciprocity and Immunity.” Cultural Anthropology 27(1) 144–152.

2011         “A Polyphonic Nine Canto Singspiel after 25 years of Writing CultureAnthropologica. 53(2): 307-17.

2011         “In the Science Zone II: the Fore, Papua New Guinea, and the Fight for Representation.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS) 5:1-17.

2010        “The Rhythmic Beat of the Revolution in Iran.” Cultural Anthropology. 25(3): 497–543.

2009       “Renewable Ethnography: Ethnographic Pebbles and Labyrinths in the Way of Theory.” (expanded version; English on my website)  Horizontes Antropológicos (Brazil, in Portuguese), special issue on Ethnography, ed. Cornelia Eckert

2009       “Iran and the Boomeranging Cartoon Wars: Can Public Spheres At Risk Ally With Public Spheres Yet to be Achieved?”  Public Culture 5(1):27-62.

2008       “Open Access, Anthropology and the Future of Circulation. A discussion with Michael M.J. Fischer, Christopher M. Kelty, Kimberly Christen, Jason Baird Jackson, Michael F. Brown, Alex “Rex” Golub and Tom Boellstorff”.  Cultural Anthropology

2007       “Four Genealogies for a Recombinant Anthropology of Science and Technology” Cultural Anthropology, 22(4): 539-614.

2007       “Ptolemaic Jouissance and the Anthropology of Kinship: a Commentary on Ager’s ‘The Power of Excess: Royal Incest and the Ptolemaic Dynasty.’ Anthropologica. 49(2):  295-99

2007       “Culture and Cultural Analysis as Experimental Systems.”  Cultural Anthropology, 22(1): 1-65.

2006       “Changing Palestine-Israel Ecologies: Narratives of Water, Land, Conflict and Political Economy, Then, Now and Life to Come.”  Cultural Politics.   Summer

2006       “Introduction to Culture at Large with George Lipsitz: Rethinking American Culture.” Cultural Anthropology.  August.

2006       “Culture and Cultural Analysis”  in Theory,Culture and Society, 23(2-3):340-44

2006       “Persian Poesis” in TCS

2006       “Science, Technology and Society,” TCS

2005       “Technoscientific Intrastructures and Emergent Forms of Life: A Commentary.” American Anthropologist, vol. 107(1).

2001       “In the Science Zone: the Yanamamo and the fight for representation.”  AnthropologyToday.  17(4): 9-14;  17(5):10-13.

2001       “Ethnographic Critique and Technoscientific Narratives:  The Old Mole, Ethical Plateaux, and the Governance of Emergent Biosocial Polities.”  Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 

1999       “Raising Questions about Rouch”  The American Anthropologist.  99(1):140-43.

1994       “Is the Public Sphere Unspeakable in Chinese?” (with Leo Lee and Wang Hui). Public Culture. 6(3): 597-605.

1993       “Thinking a Public Sphere in Arabic and Persian.” (with Mehdi Abedi). Public Culture, 6(1): 2l9-30.

1993       “Is there a Difference between Public Culture 1789 and 1989? — A Reply to Greg Urban’s Kantianism.”  Public Culture.

1992       “Reflections on Debating Muslims, A Collaboration in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.”   Knowledge.  14(1): 124-31.

1991       “Anthropology as Cultural Critique – Inserts for the 1990s:  Cultural Studies of Science, Visual-Virtual Realities, and Post-Trauma Polities,”  Cultural Anthropology 6(4):525-37.

1991       “Uses of Life Histories,” Anthropology & Humanism Quarterly, 16(1):24-27.

1991       “Okiek Portraits,” American Anthropologist, March; reprinted in Passages, Apr.

1990      “Qur’anic Dialogues,” (abbreviated).  Translation Perspectives (State University of New York)

1990      “Bombay Talkies, the Word & the World: Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses.” Cultural Anthropology, 5(2).

1989      “Museums and Festivals,” Cultural Anthropology,  Spring 1989.

1988       “Scientific Theory and Critical Hermeneutics.” Cultural Anthropology. 3(1).

1987       “Aestheticized Emotions and Critical Hermeneutics” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Special Issue: Illness and Healing in the Middle East. M.J. Good, B. Good and M. Fischer, eds.

1985       “Da Antropologia Interpretativa a Antropologia Critica.” Anuario Antropologico  83: 55-72.

1985c     “Imam Khomeini: quatro niveis de compreensao (biografia, imagem, politica,gnose).” Religiao e Sociedade.  11(1):21-48.

1984       “Towards a Third World Poetics: Seeing Through Short Stories & Film in the Iranian Culture Area.” Knowledge & Society. 5:171-241.

1982       “Islam and the Revolt of the Petit Bourgeoisie.” Daedalus. 111(1): 101-25.

1982       “Portrait of a Molla:  the Autobiography and Bildungsroman of Aqha Quchani (1875-1943).  Persica 10:223-57.

1980       “Becoming Mullah: Reflections on Iranian Clerics in a Revolutionary Age.” Iranian Studies. 13(1-4): 83-117.

1977       “Interpretive Anthropology.” Reviews in Anthropology. 4(4): 391-404.

1974       “Value Assertion & Stratification: Religion and Marriage in Rural Jamaica.”      Caribbean Studies. (14) 1:7-35 and  3:7-35.

Other Publications

2020      “Report on the Second International Conference on Global STS, Hsanuddin University, Makassar, 24-25 July 2019.”  News and Events Articles.   EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society),  EASTS, 14:1.

2019       “Challenging Art as Cultural Systems”. 2019 Clifford Geertz Memorial Lecture.  Princeton.  Cultural Anthropology.  Back Channels

2018       “What a Line (Drawing) Might Reveal: Hamid Naficy’s Caricatures” Iran Namag: A Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies.

2018       “Towers of Silence” British Film Institute. [Booklet insert with new master of Jamil Dehlavi film, together with his film “The Blood of Hussain”.  pp 9-16]

2017        “Comment on Didier Fassin’s “Asylum as a Form of Life” Current Anthropology. Feb.

2015        “Listening with Veena Das to Ordinary Ethics.”  Somatosphere.  Feb. 12. http://somatosphere.net/2015/02/affliction.html

2013        “The BAC Consultation on Neuroscience and Ethics, An Anthropologist’s Perspective”  Innovations.  (Singapore: NUS, NTU, and SMU).

2011          “Rhythmic Beat of the Revolution In Iran” (shortened from Cultural Anthropology 2010) in Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, ed. The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future.  New York: Melville House.

2010         ” Celebrating a New Generation of Ethnography: Raising the Tone (Harmonically) of Ethnographies of Iran and its Diasporas”. (Available on Academia.edu, and ResearchGate.net).

2010.        “Building Scenarios for Iran.” Tehran Bureau.  January.

2009         “Response to Shehada’s Studying the Trial [Islamic law courts in Gaza]” Association for Political and Legal Anthropology [PoLAR] http://www.aaanet.org/sections/apla/spillover_shehada_fischer.html

2007         “Capturing Emergent Forms: Response to Vincent Crapanzano.” Anthropos 102: 101-103.

2005         “Changing Ecologies: Narratives of Water, Land, Conflict, and Political Economy, Then and No2, and Life to Come”  In Stuart Schoenfield, ed.,  Palestinian and Israeli Environmental Narratives: Proceedings of a Conference Held in Association with the Middle East   Environmental Futures Project. Toronto: York U.  Center for International & Security Studies, 27.13-27

2005         “Persian Miniatures: I. Bahs (Debate) in Qum; II. Simulation in Tehran.” New Initiative for Middle East Peace (NIMEP) Insights, Vol. 1: 14-24.

2004         “Contribution to “The Research Object and the Objectivity of the Researcher.” Forum for Anthropology and Culture (St. Petersburg, Russia & Oxford England)

2004         “Introduction” (with Mary-Jo Good) to Issue on Middle East, Culture,  Medicine and Psychiatry 28(3): 251-53.

2003          “Obituary: Lily Kay”  Isis.   (with S. Jansen and C. Weiner).

2001           “Deep Play and Social Responsibility in Vienna” Keynote Address. Newsletter of the European Association for the Social Study of Science and Technology (EASST).

1998           “The New Media and Human Rights”  FDL-AP Quarterly (Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia-Pacific Quarterly) [Web site publication]

1997            “Cutting Globalization Down to Size: (How) Do Localization and Culture Matter?” Proceedings, US-Arab Relatinos & The Challenge of Globalization.  Casablanca Conference. Foundation on Democratization and Political Change in the Middle East.

1996.           “Response to Pnina Werbner’s ‘Allegories of Imperfection: Magic, Hermeneutics and Passion in The Satanic Verses.”  Current Anthropology, February, 37(Supplement):71-73.


  1. “Commentary: Science in Anthropology” American Anthropology Newsletter,

March, 37(3):48-49, 52; April, May, September.


  1. “Quibbles with the ‘Balkan View’: response to E.A. Hammel’s ‘Science and

Humanism in Anthropology.”  American Anthropology Newsletter 36(8):50,52.


  1. “South Asia — Rewriting the Language of Rights.” The State of the Peoples:

                                    A Global Human Rights Report on Societies in Danger.     Cultural Survival.        (Beacon Press).


  1. “Islam and Postmodernity.” New Perspectives Quarterly.


  1. “Orientalizing America: Beginnings and Middle Passages.” Middle East Research

                                    and Information Project (MERIP)    No. 178, 1492+500 (Sep. – Oct., 1992),

  1. 32-37.


  1. “Iranian Revolutionary Posters,” Middle East Research and Information Project                (MERIP)


  1. “From Interpretive to Critical Anthropologies,” Trabalhos de Ciencias Socias.

Serie  Antropologia Social No. 34. (Fundacao Universidade de Brasilia).


  1. “Islam and Islamic Justice,” Middle East Executive Reports. January.


  1. “Protest & Revolution in Iran.” Harvard International Review. 1(2):1-6.


  1. “In Defense of Ayesha: Women in Iran.” New Society.44(818): 537-38, June 8.


  1. “97,98,99…A Gentle Critique,” “95,96,97…A Not So Gentle Addition.” (Undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins & the LSE), The Vector. 21(2).



Interview Subject


  1. “Global Aspects of Iranian Anthropology: A Conversation with Michael Fischer,”

Mazyar Lotfalian.  The Journal of Iranian Anthropology Quarterly. Tehran

University. Number 4. Spring 2008. (in Persian; interview conducted July 07

English text available.


1999    “Anthropology Now” July Library supplment.  Athens daily Eleutherotypia

(in Greek).   English version in Neni Panourgia. 2002.  “Conversations in

Hermeneutic Anthropology.”  Anthropological Theory 2(3): 349-52.


  1. “Rozmowa Leszka Koczanowicza z Michaelem M.J. Fischerem, antropologiem,

profesorem w Massachussets Institute of Technology.”  Polska Sztuka Ludowa

                                    Kontekssty: Antropologia, Kultury, Ethnografia, Sztuka.  XLIX (1): 8-12.


Lectures on Video

  1. Sea State: Charles Lim’s Video-and Photo-graphic Eye, 18 June. https://vimeo.com/222326128
  2. Science, Pandemic, and Risk Society. Sociotalking Academe [Penceramah tamu]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e84YlHJ1Gq8&feature=youtu.be. [46:00 – 1:39:00]


Reviews & Review Essays

2018  “The Pedagogical Work of Film for Technology Disaster Studies: Reassessing Fukushima

through film. EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society)

2018 “On Molecular Biology in Asia: Review Essay on Aihwa Ong’s Fungible Life: Experiment in

the Asian City (Duke) and Charis Thompson’s Good Science: Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research.  EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society)

2016   Krautwurst, Udo. 2014  Culturing Bioscience: A Case Study in the Anthropology of

                                    Science. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  American Anthropologist

2016   Fozi, Navid.  Reclaiming the Fraravahar: Zoroastrian Survival in Contemporary Iran.” in

Iranian Studies.

2015   Robinson, Brett T.  Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve

Jobs   in Technology and Culture.  56(1):291-293. DOI:10.1353/tech.2015.0000

2015   Mishal, Shaul and Ori Goldberg, 2014.  Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art

                                    of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon.  New York: Cambridge U.P.  in

Political Science Quarterly.

2014   “Worlds and Deeds, Truth and Conduct – Method in Anthropology and Moral Philosophy:

A Review Essay of Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis, 2014 Designs on the

Contemporary: Anthropological Tests.  In  SCTIW Review, Journal of the Society for

Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World. October 7.  11pp.


2014   Rabinow, Paul and Anthony Stavrianakis.  2013.  Demands of the Day: On the Logic of

Anthropological Inquiry.  in  Anthropos. 109: 324-5.

2014   Rabinow, Paul.  2011. The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary.

in American Anthropologist. 116(1):42-43.

2013   Latour, Bruno.  2010  On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods. in Technology and Culture. Nov.

2010   Oppenheim, Robert.  Kyongju Things: Assembling Places.  Michigan.  EASTS.

2006   N. Fazeli.  Politics of Culture in Iran: Anthropology, Politics and Society in the

Twentieth Century.  International Journal of Middle East Studies.

2006   M. Strathern.  Commons + Borderlands: Working Papers on Interdisciplinarity,

Accountability, and the Flow of Knowledge.  American Anthropologist 108(2):


2005   “Biosciences and Biotechnologies as Deep Play and Ethical Plateaus” (review of

  1. Lock, A. Young, A. Cambrosio, ed., Living and Working with the New

Medical Technologies.”  American Anthropologist  106(2):389-91.

2004    T.J. Misa, P Brey, & A. Feenberg, ed.  Modernity and Technology.

Anthropological Quartery.

2004    R.T. Antoun.  Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and

Jewish Movements.  International Journal of Middle East Studies.  May.

2004    M. Lock, A. Young, A. Cambrosio, ed.  Living and Working with the New

Medical Technologies.   American Anthropologist.

1997    D. Haraway.  Modest Witness@Second Millenium.FemaleMan

Meets OncoMouse.    American Anthropolist.

1997    B. Knauft.  Genealogies for the Present in Cultural Anthropology.  AJS.

1993    A. Ahmed.  Islam and Postmodernism.  Man.

1992    C. Delaney, The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village                                                          Society. Choice.

1991    C. von Furer-Haimendorf, Life among Indian Tribes:  The Autobiography of an

Anthropologist, Choice, April.

1989     M. Caffrey, Ruth Benedict:  Stranger in this Land.  Choice:  November.

1989     R. Fox, Gandhi.  Choice.

1988     Ingold, Tim. The Appropriation of Nature: Essays on Human Ecology and Social                                                 Relations. Choice:  January.

1988     Nettler, Ronald. Past Trials and Present Tribulations: A Muslim                                                                                    Fundamentalist’s View of the Jews. Choice:  March.

1988     Munson, Henry.  Islam and Revolution in the Middle East.  Choice, October.

1988     Ackerman, Robert.  J. G. Frazer:  His Life and Work.  Choice, July-August.

1987     Grace Goodell, Elementary Forms of Political Life.   Economy and Cultural Change.

1987     Sharma, Ursula. Women’s work, class, and the urban household: a study of

Shimla, North India. Choice: February.

1987     Jacobson, J.  Studies in the Archaeology of India and Pakistan. Choice: March.

1987     Kenny, M.  The Passion of Ansel Bourne: multiple personality in American

Culture. Choice: May.

1986     N. Charlesworth. Peasants and Imperial Rule: agriculture and agrarian society in

the Bombay presidency, 1850-1935. Choice:  March.

1986     F. Marglin. Wives of the God-King: the rituals of the devadasis of Puri. Choice.

1986     G. Possehl. Kulli, an exploration of ancient civilization in Asia. Choice:  October.

1985     Sorush Irfani. Revolutionary Iran. International Journal of Middle East Studies.

1984     Martin Southwold. Buddhism in Life. Choice:  July-August.

1984     J. Finn, ed. Global Economics & Religion. Choice: March.

1984     Nancy & Richard Newell. The Struggle For Afghanistan. Middle East Studies     Association Bulletin, 18(1).

1983     N. Keddie, ed. Religion & Politics in Iran. The Muslim World. 73(2).

1983     V. Turner, ed. Celebration. Choice:  January.

1983     Loring Danforth. The Death Rituals of Rural Greece. Choice:  May.

1983     Mahmud Taliqani. Society & Economics in Islam. Choice:  June.

1983     Maurice Bloch & Jonathan Parry. Death and Regeneration of Life. Choice: Sept.

1983     G.W. Azoy. Buzkashi: Game & Power in Afghanistan. American Anthropologist.

85(2): 680-81.

1982     Kevin Avruch. American Immigrants in Israel. Ethnohistory.

1982     Hamid Algar. Islam & Revolution: Writings & Declarations of Imam Khomeini.

Iranian Studies.

1979     M. Boyce. A Persian Stronghold of Zoroastrianism. Iranian Studies.

1979     A. Green. The Tunisian Ulema 1873-1915. MESA Bulletin.

1977     Traditionelle u. moderne Formen der Landwirschaft in Iran, E. Ehlers, with    contribution G. Goodell (vol. 64, Marburger geographische Schriften), Iranian          Studies.

1977d    R. Hair Dekmejian.  Patterns of Political Leadership: Lebanon, Israel, Egypt.  (SUNY

1975). American Journal of Sociology. July.





1973      Zoroastrian Iran between Myth and Praxis. PhD dissertation, Univ. of Chicago.

1969      Opposite Sets & Selected Masques from a Rural Jamaican Point of View. M.A. thesis, Univ. of Chicago.



Research Reports

1980      The Social Impact of Large-Scale Irrigation Dam Project Development on Ethnic Minorities: Iran,

Afghanistan, the Sudan, Brazil (with D. Maybury-Lewis, T.J. Barfield, J. Clay, R. Huntington, B. Pajackowski). Cambridge. Mass.:   Cultural Survival.  199pp.


1976       The Qum Report. (Chicago: mimeo, now incorporated into Iran, (Harvard 1980).


1967        A Report to the US-Mexico Joint Border Development Commission.  (with others).  Washington, D.C.:

Engineer Agency for Resources Inventories.



Institutional Reports


1996       Whence From? — Where To?  Prospectus for the 1996 Retreat.  A Self-Study Document.

MIT: STS Program  (http:stsfac.mit.edu/Core Course/Documents).


1994       Report of the External Review Committee, Institute for Liberal Arts, Emory.


1991       Rice Center for Cultural Studies:  Application for Renewal of the Rockefeller Residency Fellowships.


1986       Rice Center for Cultural Studies:  Application for Rockefeller Residency Fellowships




In Press and preparation


“Conversations with Entang Wiharso and Sally Smart”  Conversations Catalogue.


“Charles Lim’s Sea State”.  NTU CCA.


“Teaching Under the Tembusu Tree: A Mandela for 21st Century Singapore Education.”

International Asian Cultural Studies Conference, NUS, Singapore.


“Anthropological Futures” in Kroeber Journal (Berkeley)



Working Papers and Unpublished Manuscripts


“Implicated, Caught in Between, Communicating with the Mildly Cognitively Impaired:

Toward Generative Anthropological Figures — A Response to J.Biehl” Social Text

special issue edited by Arvind Rajagopal, Technologies of Perception.

(2001). no. 68, v. 19, No. 3. [Apparently not printed].

“Globalization and China: Challenging Cultural Boundaries”  Institute for East Asian Studies,

Berkeley.  (Papers of 2001 Conference at Tufts, Program in Global Leadership)

“Mapping the Culture/Cultural Impact of the Multinational Corporation”  B. Mazlish, ed.

“Cosmic Rays, Satellites, and Malarial Parasites: Tracking Science and Technology in India

for what it can tell us about Science and Technology in the Middle East.  In Samir

Khalaf et al.  Volume on Science and Technology in the Middle East.  (AUB).

“Reshaping Three Cultures of Oil.”  Prepared for the James Baker III Institute for Public

Policy, Rice University, November 15, 1997.   Baker Center Working Paper.

“Three Cultures of Oil”  Prepared for the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy,

Rice University, Sept. 28, 1996.  Baker Center Working Paper.

“Otobiotopographies: Anthropology in New Worlds of Science and Technology”

“Otobiotopographies II: Descended from Galileo and Erasmus”

“Figuring (Indian) Ads in Translocal Spaces:  Towards a Transnational Anthropology of             Advertising.”

“On Being Raised in the Middle East: Child development, Socialization, & the Socialization of   Affect.”

“Persian Passion Playing.” (with M.J. DelVecchio Good and Byron Good)

“Female Voice Registers in Iran.”



Edited Book Series, Duke U.P. (with Joe Dumit)

Experimental Futures: Technological Lives, Scientific Arts, Anthropological Voices

  1. Kelty, Christopher. 2008. Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software.
  2. Juris, Jeffrey. 2008. Networking Futures: The Movements Against Corporate Globalization.
  3. Fischer, Michael. M.J. 2009.  Anthropological Futures.
  4. Taussig, Karen-Sue. 2009 Ordinary Genomes: Genetic Counseling in the Netherlands
  5. Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg. 2010. Epistemology of the Concrete: Studies in the History of Modern


  1. Ong, Aihwa and Nancy Chen, eds. 2010.  Asian Biotechnology
  2. Sanal, Aslihan.  2011.  New Organs within Us: Transplants and the Moral Economy.
  3. Sunder Rajan, ed. 2012 Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global


  1. Choy, Tim.  2011.  Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong.
  2. Brotherton, Sean. 2012.  Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in

                                    Post-Soviet Cuba.

  1. Dumit, Joseph. 2012. Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health.
  2. Pollock, Anne. 2012. Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with


  1. Prentice, Rachel. 2012.  Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgery


  1. Murphy, Michelle. 2013. Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism,

                                    Health, and Technoscience.

  1. Condry, Ian. 2013.  The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s

                                    Media Success Story.

  1. Raikhel, Eugene and William Garriott, eds. 2013.  Addiction Trajectories.
  2. Franklin, Sarah. 2013.  Biological Relations: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship.
  3. Najmabadi, Afsaneh. 2013 Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in

Contemporary Iran.

  1. Waldby, Catherine and Melissa Cooper. 2014.  Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research

Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy.

  1. Peterson, Kristin. 2014.  Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria.  
  2. Schechter, Kate. 2014.  Illusions of a Future: Psychoanalysis and the Biopolitics of Desire.
  3. Street, Alice. 2014.  Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a

                                    Papua New Guinean Hospital.

  1. Callison, Candis. 2014. How Climate Change Comes to Matter: the Communal

                                    Life of Facts.

  1. Myers, Natasha. Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter.
  2. Halpern, Orit. 2015. Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason Since 1945.
  3. Milburn, Colin. 2015.  Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter.
  4. Sanabria, Emilia. 2015  Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and menstrual suppression

                                    in Bahia, Brazil.

  1. Haraway, Donna. 2016.  Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene.
  2. Messeri, Lisa. 2016.  Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds.
  3. Sunder Rajan, Kaushik. 2017.  Pharmocracy: Trials of Global Biomedicine.
  4. Wylie, Sara. 2018. Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds 
  5. Tousignant, Noemi. 2018. Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in

                                    Postcolonial Senegal.

  1. Papadopolous, Dimitris. 2018. Experimental Practice: Alterontologies, Technoscience, and

                                    More than Social Movements.

  1. Parrenas, Juno Salazar. 2018. Edges of Extinction.
  2. Fischer, Michael M.J. 2018. Anthropology in the Meantime.
  3. Milburn, Colin. 2018.  Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life.
  4. Hetherington, Keith, ed. 2019.  Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene. 
  5. Günel, Gokce. 2019.  Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in

Abu Dhabi.

  1. Izzo, Justin. 2019. Experiments with Empire: Anthropology and Fiction in the French


  1. Keck, Frederic. 2019. Avian Reservoirs: Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinels


  1. Tamminen, Sakari. Nov 2019. Biogenetic Paradoxes of the Nation: Finncattle, Apples, and Other

                                    Genetic Resource Puzzles.

  1. Rahder, Micha. May 2020. An Ecology of Knowledge: Fear, Love, and Technoscience in                                                                Guatemalan Forest Conservation.

[43. Fearnley, Lyle.  forthcoming.  Scientific Displacements: Global Health, Livestock Revolution,

                                    and the Search for China’s Pandemic Epicenter.]

[44.  Chee, Liz.  forthcoming.  Mao’s Beastiary: How Animal Based Drugs Changed Chinese



 (iv) Synergistic Activities

Directorship (4 years) of the MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Inaugural Directorship (6 years) of the Rice Center for Cultural Studies

Cross-institutional teaching Harvard Medical School and MIT STS Program

Preparation of proposals for cross-university graduate student exchanges Harvard

Kennedy School and MIT, STS; Harvard Anthropology and MIT, STS


(v) Collaboration and Other Affiliations

(a) Collaborators and Co-Editors:

Duke Book series Experimental Futures: Joe Dumit.

NB:  previous close collaboration and co-authors include  George Marcus (Rice University) and Mehdi Abedi (Rice University) in the 1980s;  Co-teaching: Byron and Mary-Jo Good (Harvard Medical School, Social Medicine); Hal Abelson and Danny Weitzner (MIT computer science and World Wide Web Consortium).


(b) Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Doctoral Committee:

-Raymond T. Smith (chair), Prof. of Anthropology, University of Chicago (now emeritus)

-David Schneider, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago (later University of

California at Santa Cruz), now deceased.

-Nur Yalman, Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago,

(later Harvard University), now  emeritus

-Milton Singer, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago (diseased)

-Marvin Zonis, Professor of Political Science and Human Development, University of

Chicago, now professor emeritus Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.


Postdoctoral employment on the University of Chicago Islam and Social Change Project

-Fazlur Rahman, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Chicago (diseased)

-Leonard Binder, Prof. of Political Science, University of Chicago (now UCLA)


  1. c) Thesis Advisor and Post-Graduate Sponsor

PhD Advisees (committee chair) (MIT) and current positions



-Kochar, Rijul – phage therapy and antibiotic resistance in India, Georgia, U.S.



-Chaudhuri, Ashawari, 2019

The Kernel of Doubt: Agricultural Biotechnology, Braided        [lecturer, MIT]

                  Temporalities, & Agrarian Environments in India

-Ozden-Schilling, Canay, 2016

Economy Electric: Techno-Economics, Neoliberalism,                 [postdoc, Johns Hopkins]


-Ozden-Shilling, Thomas, 2016                                                                               [Asst Prof, Johns Hopkins]

Salvage Cartographies: Mapping, Futures

                  and Landscapes in N.W. British Columbia.

-Krishnan, Shekhar. 2013.                                                                                           [Bombayologist, Mumbai]

                  Empire’s Metropolis: Money, Time and Space 

in Colonial Bombay 1870-1930.

-Callison, Candis. 2010.                                                                  [University of British Columbia, tenured]

More Information is Not the Problem: Spinning Climate

                  Change, Vernaculars, and Emergent Forms of Life.

-Behrouzan, Orkideh. 2010                                                              [University of London, SOAS, tenured]

Prozak Diaries: Post-Rupture Subjectivities and Psychiatric

and Psychiatric Futures

-Ozkan, Esra.  2007.                                                                                                      [Google Research, California]

Executive coaching : crafting a versatile self

in corporate America.

-Wick, Livia.  2006.                                                                              [American University of Beirut, tenured]

Making Lives Under Closure: Birth and Medicine

in Palestine’s Waiting Zones.

-Kuo, Wen-Hua. 2005.                                                     [National Yang Ming University, Taipei, tenured]

Japan and Taiwan in the Wake of            [editor in chief East Asian Science, Technology

Bioglobalization:Drugs, Race,                                               and Society]

and Standards.

-Sanal, Aslihan  2005.                          [Anthropologist in Residence, European Molecular Biological

Flesh Yours,  Bones Mine: the Making of the                                          Laboratories, Hamburg]

Biomedical Body in Turkey.

-Sunder Rajan, Kaushik.  2002.                                                                   [University of Chicago, tenured]

 Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life.

-Schwarz, Heinrich. 2002.                                                                                                 [consultant, Hamburg]

Techno-Territories: The Spatial, Technological

and Social Reorganization of Office Work.

-Kelty, Christopher  2000.                                                                                                              [UCLA tenured]

Scale and Convention: Programmed Language in a Regulated Americ

 -Landecker, Hannah. 2000. Technologies of Living Substance:                                    [UCLA tenured]

Tissue Culture & Cellular Life in 20th century Biomedicine.

-Mnookin, Jennifer. 1999.                                                                                             [Dean, UCLA Law School]

Images of Truth: Evidence, Expertise, and Technologies of

Knowledge in the American Courtroom.


Committee Member (completed):

-Buergi, Birgit (at NUS) 2016.  Bioarts in Science-Cityscapes: Ethnographic Fragments of

                  the Neuroworld.

Thakor, Mitali – 2016.  Algorithmic Detectives Against Child Trafficking: Data, Entrapment,

                  and the New Global Policing Network.                                                 [postdoc, Northwestern]

-Gunel, Gokce.  2012.  (Cornell).                                                                                               [Univ. Arizona]

Preparing for an Oil-less Future: Energy, Climate Change and Green Business

 in Abu Dhabi

-Wylie, Sara Anne.  2011.                                                       [Social Science Environmental Health Research

Chemical Bonds, Corporate Bodies:                  Institute, and Anthropology Northeastern Univ.]

Endocrine disrupters, Oil Fracking, and Citizen Science.

-Roosth, Hannah Sophia.  2010.                                                                              [History of Science, Harvard]

Crafting Life: A Sensory Ethnography of Fabricated Biologies                 

-Greenslit, Nathan. 2007.                                                                     [researcher, Media Lab; lecturer Tufts]

Pharmaceutical Relations: Intersections of Illness,

Pharmaceutical Fantasy & Capital in the Age of

Direct-To-Consumer  Consulting firm Marketing. (chair: Dumit).

-Pradhan, Rajesh. 2008.  (Political Science, MIT)                                                 [international consultant]

When the Saints Go Marching In:  sadhus in Indian politics.

-Ramiyar Rossoukh. 2014.  An Anthropology of the Iranian Film Industry:

                  The Making of the Willow Tree.       (Harvard, Anthropology)                   [Harvard Lecturer]

-Srinivas, Tulasi. 2008 (Boston U.)                                                                          [Emerson College, tenured]

Entrepreneurship in Middle Class Temples of Bangalore.

-Naficy, Nahal. 2006.   (Rice University).                                                                              [Lecturer, Tehran]

Iranian NGOs in Washington, D.C.  2006.

–Saka, Erkan 2008. (Rice University).                                                                      [Istanbul Bilgi University]

Turkish Journalism and the EU Accession.

-Harrop, Verle.  Telemedicine in Newfoundland



Previous Advisees and Committee Member at Rice, Harvard



-Abedi, Mehdi, Lecturer, University of Houston  (thesis on Iran)

-Cefkin, Melissa, Ethnographer, IBM, Nissan  (thesis on Turkey)

-Fortun, Kim, Prof., RPI  (Science and Technology Studies) (thesis on Bhopal)

-Gregorian, Stella, Dept. of Sociology, University of Houston. (thesis on Armenia)

-Lahsen, Myanna, Brazil INPE (National Institute for Space Research): Large Scale Amazon

Biosphere Atmosphere Project, climate modeling (thesis on climate modeling in U.S.)

-Lotfalian, Mazyar, former Assoc. Director, Center for Persian Studies, Univ of California, Irvine

(thesis on Muslim scientists in Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and the U.S.)

-McGee, John.  Prof. of Anthropology, Southwest Texas State (thesis on Lacandon Indians)

-Urry, William.   Conflict Resolution Mediator.



-Abu Lughod, Lila, Prof., Columbia University (thesis on Bedouin in Egypt)

-Barfield, Tom.  Chair and Prof. of Anthropology, Boston University

(thesis on the Arabs,” a nomadic group in northeastern Afghanistan)

-Goldensohn, Max.  Vice-President, Development Alternatives consulting firm

-Keshavjee, Rafique (thesis on Ismailis in Iran)

-Urry, William.   Conflict Resolution Mediator.