I am a PhD candidate in the Cornell University Department of Communication interested in the social consequences and ethical implications of technology policy, big data and big science. This has taken me into worlds involving oceanographic research by sea and by C (programming language), the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and radioactive baby teeth in St. Louis, and feminist controversies within Instagram and Reddit’s changing terms of service. My dissertation, currently titled The Instrumented Ocean: How Sensors, Satellites and Seafloor-Walking Robots Changed What It Means to Study the Sea, traces the shifting conditions of labor and life that accompany an unprecedented large-scale longterm big data infrastructure development project in the ocean sciences in the U.S.

Projects to which I contribute broadly span the themes of collaboration and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), science & technology studies (STS), science policy, cyberinfrastructure and eScience, and infrastructure studies. For more information please click further in the menu bar above or see my CV.

I am indebted to the amazing collaborators and mentors that I have had over the years that have helped me along the way. My dissertation committee is chaired by Steve Jackson with members Bruce Lewenstein, Steve Hilgartner and external member Carl Lagoze from University of Michigan. I am thankful to my amazing collaborators: Caroline Jack, David McDonald, Mark Zachry, Charlotte Lee, Beth Kolko, Ayse G. BuyukturSarah BarbrowAmanda ThackrayAmanda MenkingIngrid EricksonTheresa VeldenJonathan MorganBehzod SirjaniRanjit SinghShion GuhaDylan SchenkerLibby HemphillJeremy BirnholtzJeff HancockMyle OttClaire Cardie, and Antonella Pavese.

Stephanie Beth Steinhardt
sbg94 cornell edu
Cornell University