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Recommended STS Reads

We asked our core faculty to nominate a few classic STS texts that they'd love to see a major read before they graduate. Think of this as the staff picks shelf at your favorite bookstore.

Alex Blanchette, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Life as Surplus Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era
by Melinda Cooper
(University of Washington Press, 2008)
Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
by Donna Haraway
(Routledge, 1990)

The Nuclear Borderlands The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico
by Joseph Masco
(Princeton University Press, 2006)
Tatiana Chudakova, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice
by Annemarie Mol
(Duke University Press, 2003)
Objectivity Objectivity
by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison
(Zone Books, 2007)

Ricky Crano, Lecturer, English
Technics and Time 1-3 Technics and Time 1-3
by Bernard Stiegler
(Stanford University Press, 1998/2008/2010)
Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media
by Wendy Chunn
(The MIT Press, 2016)
Moon Duchin, Associate Professor, Mathematics
The Taming of Chance (Ideas in Context) The Taming of Chance (Ideas in Context)
by Ian Hacking
(Cambridge University Press, 1990)
Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
by Simon Schaffer and Steven Shapin
(Princeton University Press, 2017 [1985])
Sam Weiss Evans, Research Assistant Professor, Science, Technology, and Society
Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences
by Geoff C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star
(The MIT Press, 2000)
Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States
by Sheila Jasanoff
(Princeton University Press, 2005)
Patrick Forber, Associate Professor, Philosophy
The Dynamics of Reason The Dynamics of Reason
by Michael Friedman
(CSLI Publications, 2001)
Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts
by Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar
(Princeton University Press, 1986)
Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality
by Helen E. Longino
(The University of Chicago Press, 2013)
Jess Keiser, Assistant Professor, English
Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image
by Joseph Rouse
(The University of Chicago Press, 2015)
Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
by Simon Schaffer and Steven Shapin
(Princeton University Press, 2017 [1985])
Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
The Logic of Scientific Discovery The Logic of Scientific Discovery
By Karl Popper
(Routledge, 2002 [1959])
Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology
By Evelyn Fox Keller
(Columbia University Press, 1995)
The Social Construction of What? The Social Construction of What?
By Ian Hacking
(Harvard University Press, 2000)
Keren Ladin, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy and Community Health
Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure
by Charles Bosk
(The University of Chicago Press, 2003 [1979])
Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health
by Ivan Illich
(Marion Boyars Publishers, 1999 [1976])
The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction
by Emily Martin
(Beacon Press, 2001 [1987])
Anne Mahoney, Senior Lecturer, Classics
Mathematics and the Imagination Mathematics and the Imagination
by Edward Kasner and James Newman
(Dover Publications, 2001 [1940])
The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution
by C. P. Snow
(Martino Fine Books, 2013 [1959])
Alecia McGregor, Assistant Professor, Community Health
People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier
Ruha Benjamin
(Stanford University Press, 2013)
The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
By Jonathan M. Metzl
(Beacon Press, 2010)
Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Apartheid Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Apartheid
by Alondra Nelson
(University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
The Social Transformation of American Medicine The Social Transformation of American Medicine
By Paul Starr
(Basic Books, 1982)
Sarah Pinto, Professor, Anthropology
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery
by Amitav Ghosh
(Harper Perennial, 2001 [1996]
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
by Marcel Mauss
(W.W. Norton Company, 2000 [1923])
Reproducing the Future: Anthropology, Kinship, and the New Reproductive Technologies Reproducing the Future: Anthropology, Kinship, and the New Reproductive Technologies
by Marilyn Strathern
(Routledge, 1992)
Alisha Rankin, Associate Professor, History
Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750
by Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park
(Zone Books, 1998)
Nick Seaver, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society
by Bruno Latour
(Harvard University Press, 1987)
Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science
by Kimberly Tallbear
(University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
Beamtimes and Lifetime: The World of High Energy Physicists Beamtimes and Lifetime: The World of High Energy Physicists
by Sharon Traweek
(Harvard University Press, 1992)
George Smith, Professor, Philosophy 
The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory
by Pierre Duhem
(Princeton University Press, 1991 [1954])
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by Thomas Kuhn
(University of Chicago Press, 2012 [1962])
Jeffrey Taliaferro, Associate Professor, Political Science
Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict
by Vipin Narang
(Princeton University Press, 2014)
Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
by Thomas Rid
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2016)
Rosemary Taylor, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Community Health
Science and Public Reason Science and Public Reason
By Sheila Jasanoff
(Routledge-Earthscan, 2012)
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
By Eric Klinenberg
(University of Chicago Press, 2015 [2002])
An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets
By Donald MacKenzie
(MIT Press, 2006)
The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866
By Charles E. Rosenberg
(University of Chicago Press, 1987 [1962])
Ben Wolfe, Assistant Professor, Biology
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by Thomas S. Kuhn
(University of Chicago Press, 2012 [1962])
Philosophy of Microbiology Philosophy of Microbiology
by Maureen A. O'Malley
(Cambridge University Press, 2014)