I am faculty in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. I am a tech developer-turned-ethnographer interested in the social and ethical consequences of technological development, particularly in building and maintaining large-scale transformational endeavors in the sciences. My research starts at the scientific realities that look somewhat like science fiction and asks what kinds of futures and whose futures are we ushering in? How do we build and maintain infrastructures for generations? How do we work with and around technology to act with care for both ourselves and the planet? This has taken me into worlds involving oceanographic research by sea and by C, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and radioactive baby teeth in St. Louis and most recently into a convergence of space and ocean scientists searching for life and climate answers on the icy moons around Jupiter and Saturn. My dissertation, 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.

My work contributes to and draws from a diversity of fields and subfields, particularly feminist technoscience and infrastructure studies, cyberinfrastructure and eScience, collaboration and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), science & technology studies (STS), and science policy. 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, particularly as a graduate student at Cornell University Department of Communication, that have helped me along the way. My dissertation committee was 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 KolkoAyse G. BuyukturSarah BarbrowAmanda ThackrayAmanda MenkingIngrid Erickson, Anna Lauren Hoffman, Shaowen Bardzell, Theresa VeldenJonathan MorganBehzod SirjaniRanjit SinghShion GuhaDylan SchenkerLibby HemphillJeremy BirnholtzJeff HancockMyle OttClaire Cardie, and Antonella Pavese.


Stephanie Beth Steinhardt
steinh35 msu edu
Michigan State University