Core Faculty

Joseph Auner Joseph Auner, Austin Fletcher Professor of Music

Joe Auner researches the interfaces of music and technology in the emerging interdisciplinary area called Sound Studies. Recent publications include "Wanted Dead and Alive: Historical Performance Practice and Electro-Acoustic Music from Abbey Road to IRCAM" and "Losing your Voice: Sampled Speech and Song from the Uncanny to the Unremarkable." Themes in his work have included sampling and looping, and recently he is thinking about feedback.
Alex Blanchette Alex Blanchette, Associate Professor

Alex Blanchette researches the cultural politics of industrialization in the post-industrial United States. His current book project is tentatively titled Porkopolis: Standardized Life, American Animality, and the "Factory" Farm. His work considers intersections of capitalism, nature, and animal life. His future research program includes a study of manual labor through an ethnography of craft leather tanneries.

Other Affiliations: Environmental Studies; Food Cluster
Ming Chow Ming Chow, Associate Teaching Professor
Computer Science

Ming Chow is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Tufts University Department of Computer Science. His works are in web and mobile security, and Computer Science education. Ming has spoken at numerous organizations and conferences including the HTCIA, OWASP, InfoSec World, DEF CON, HOPE, BSides, and ACM SIGCSE.

Other Affiliations: International Relations
Tatiana Chudakova Tatiana Chudakova, Assistant Professor

Tatiana Chudakova's research focuses on postsocialist economies of health, the commodification of ethnic identities, and the afterlives of Soviet scientific and state-building projects. Her current book project, provisionally titled Mixing Medicines: the Politics of Health in Postsocialist Siberia, focuses on the institutionalization of indigenous medicine in Buryatia, a traditionally Buddhist region on the border of Russia and Mongolia. Future projects include work on herbal medicine in the Russian Far East and on mining in Mongolia.
Ricky Crano Ricky Crano, Lecturer

Ricky Crano's research and teaching interests span all manner of inquiry into new media technologies and critical cultural theory. He is especially interested in the intersections, from roughly 1971 to the present, between neoliberal social thought, emerging norms and trends of digital culture, and what he defines as the posthuman sciences. His research profile also includes work on radical aesthetics and experimental cinema. Recent and forthcoming publications include "The Real Terror of Instagram: Death and Disindividuation in the Social Media Scopic Field," "'Whatever Rubbish at Hand: The Emergence of the Media Sample in Guy Debord's Films," and "Neoliberal Epistemology and the Truth in Fake News."
Moon Duchin Moon Duchin, Professor

Moon Duchin's mathematical research is in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She also has broad interests in the history, philosophy, and cultural studies of math and science, such as the role of intuition and the nature and impact of ideas about genius. One current project is on a social history of mathematics, titled Inventing Five-Eighths: How Math Is and How It Could Have Been Otherwise.

Other Affiliations: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Sam Weiss Evans Sam Weiss Evans, Research Assistant Professor

Sam Weiss Evans studies the way that various groups determine what counts as research and technology of security concern, and how that process of constructing things of security concern is also about constructing the governance system around them. Theoretically, he analyzes the idea of "dual-use" research and technologies by expanding concepts of boundary objects, classification systems, sociotechnical imaginaries, and responsible innovation. Empricially, he focuses on synthetic biology and cybersecurity.
Patrick Forber Patrick Forber, Associate Professor

Patrick Forber studies confirmation, explanation, and idealization in science, especially in evolutionary biology and ecology. His dissertation, The Traces of Change: Evidence in Evolutionary Biology, attempts to sketch a "big picture" of how testing and evidential reasoning work in these disciplines. Several of his recent projects have focused on the evolutionary dynamics of spite.
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes, Ann W. Lambertus and Peter Lambertus Assistant Professor
Computer Science

Michael C. (Mike) Hughes works on statistical machine learning. He develops methods that find useful structure in large, messy datasets and help people make decisions in the face of uncertainty. His research interests include Bayesian hierarchical models, optimization algorithms for approximate inference, model fairness and interpretability, and applications in medicine and the sciences. Active projects include helping clinicians understand and treat diseases like depression and infertility by training probabilistic models to make personalized drug recommendations for new patients based on the thousands of electronic health records observed from previous patients
Jess Keiser Jess Keiser, Assistant Professor

Jess Keiser's area of specialization is 17th- and 18th-century English literature. He has published articles on madness, early modern materialism, and early modern satire, including "Nervous Figures: Enlightenment Neurology and the Personified Mind" and "What's the Matter with Madness? John Locke and the Physiology of Thought." His current book project, Nervous Fictions, considers the role of figurative language in early neuroscience.
Sheldon Krimsky Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Sheldon Krimsky's research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. His areas of specialization include biomedical sciences, bioethics, science and technology studies, risk assessment and communication, social history of science, and environmental health. He is the author of many books and articles, including Genetic Alchemy: The Social History of the Recombinant DNA Controversy and most recently Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry.
Keren Ladin Keren Ladin, Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy and Community Health

Keren Ladin researches questions at the intersection of ethics and health policy, largely related to allocation and prioritization of health resources for vulnerable populations. She has written about the role of social networks and social support in influencing health, medical decisions-making, and access to resources, primarily in areas of organ transplantation, aging, and disability. Her research has implications for understanding how social factors affect the development of illness and disability, and how they can be used to inform clinical and policy interventions to improve the health of vulnerable populations.

Other affiliations: Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts Medical School
Anne Mahoney Anne Mahoney, Senior Lecturer

Anne Mahoney has worked on various digital humanities projects, including Perseus and the Stoa, and writes about DH for a general classical audience. As part of her work on how Renaissance and modern Latin writers creatively engage their classical heritage, she has taught Gauss's mathematical classic Disquisitiones Arithmeticae in Latin (and Greek math in ancient Greek as well). She also reviews books about ancient mathematics for classicists. Mahoney's main research focus is how poetry works, including the technical details of meter in Latin and ancient Greek.
Alecia McGregor Alecia McGregor, Assistant Professor
Community Health

Dr. McGregor's research focuses on health inequalities, health systems and the political determinants of health policies. She has done work on the politics of health system privatization, racial disparities in HIV/AIDS, religion and views toward health care reform, drug policies, and violence as a public health issue. Regions of interest include the United States and Brazil. Her latest research examines the drivers and consequences of hospital closures and consolidations in the U.S.
Sarah Pinto Sarah Pinto, Professor

Sarah Pinto studies the intersections of medicine, kinship, and intimacy, with a particular focus on mental health. Her work considers gender, clinical life and ideas about healing and affliction in India, as well as everyday challenges to ethical and interventionist paradigms. She is currently working on a history of hysteria in India. Her book Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India was awarded the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize for a significant contribution to anthropological scholarship on gender and health.

Other Affiliations: Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Alisha Rankin Alisha Rankin, Associate Professor

Alisha Rankin's interests include early modern European history (c. 1450-1700), the history of science and medicine, and women's history. Her first book, Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany, examining German princesses who became widely known and admired for their medical knowledge in the sixteenth century, won the Gerald Strauss Prize for Reformation History. Her new book project looks at the important role poison antidotes played in attempts to evaluate early modern cures.

Other Affiliations: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Environmental Studies
Nick Seaver Nick Seaver, Assistant Professor

Nick Seaver is a cultural anthropologist who studies the development of technologies for circulating and understanding sound. His current research examines the production of music recommendation algorithms and the theories of taste that inform their design. He has also written on the history of the player piano and the relationship between experimental music and audio recording technology.
George Smith George Smith, Professor

George Smith is trained in philosophy, mathematics, and engineering. After ten years as a working engineer, he was drawn back to academic philosophy, first by Vietnam-War-inspired questions about whether political science can be made a real science at all, and then by questions about what real science is in the first place. He has written on a range of topics in the philosophy of science, and in particular on Isaac Newton and the Principia Mathematica. Smith is a former head of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology.
Rosemary Taylor Rosemary Taylor, Associate Professor
Sociology and Community Health

Rosemary Taylor works on the comparative history of disease and health policy, within the framework of political sociology. Her current project considers the generation of scientific knowledge, how it travels, and how it is factored (or not) into political decision-making. The two main case studies focus on viral contamination of the global blood supply with Hepatitis C and HIV.
Ben Wolfe Ben Wolfe, Associate Professor

Ben Wolfe's lab uses tractable microbial communities from food systems to study the ecological and evolutionary forces that shape microbial diversity. Wolfe is also interested in how the history of the field informs our current understanding of the microbial world; he is currently involved with research on public perceptions of microbes and how these perceptions can impact policy, human health, and food systems.

Other Affiliations: Environmental Studies