Theresa MacPhail

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Email: tmacphai@stevens.edu
Education

PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of California - Berkeley
MA, Social Science and Humanities, New York University
BA, Journalism, University of New Hampshire
Certificate in Chinese Language - University of Hong Kong

Research

My research centers on the culture of public health, the production of scientific knowledge, networks of expertise, information sharing, and everyday lived experiences of epidemiologists, microbiologists, biomedical scientists, and medical practitioners. 

My next research project centers on the rise of allergies in the United States and China, looking at how individual and cultural understandings of allergies shape both research paradigms and treatment options. I will also focus on the development and use of mobile apps and wearable sensors for allergies, asking questions about the relationship between new technologies and the perception of self, environment, and illness.

Institutional Service

IRB committee member

Professional Service

Columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae on academic writing.

Appointments

Digital Editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Professional Societies

4-S
American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Theresa MacPhail. "Data, Data Everywhere", Public Culture.
Magazines
  1. Theresa MacPhail. "Irritated A Historical Overview of Allergies", Los Angeles Review of Books.
  2. Theresa MacPhail. "WebMD Knows Best?", Slate.
Books
  1. Theresa MacPhail. (Dec 2014). The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, Cornell University Press.
Courses
  • HSS 480 Introduction to Anthropology
  • HST 120 Intro to Science & Tech Studies
  • HST 340 Global Public Health
  • HST 390 Anthropology of Technology
  • HST 350 Medical Anthropology