1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Messeri

I am an anthropologist and historian of science and technology. My research examines the role of place in scientific practice, focusing on how scientists and engineers create place through their daily practice. My first book, entitled Placing Outer Space (forthcoming with Duke University Press), is an ethnography of contemporary planetary scientists and how they refashion distant, alien formations of gas and rock as intimate, familiar places; how planets become worlds. This work allows us to reflect on our own understandings of Earth as a planet, place, and world.

I also write about and am interested in how grand visions of future technologies shape current practices, what it means to live on Earth in the age of the “Anthropocene,” and public engagement in science through citizen science portals and Kickstarter-like platforms.

First Name: 
Lisa
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society; Department of Engineering and Society
Email: 
lrm9c@virginia.edu
Computing ID: 
lrm9c
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Degrees: 

Ph.D., MIT, History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society 2011

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Specialties: 

anthropology and history of science, place and space, planetary science, knowledge cultures; North America