Janet Vertesi

Welcome! I am a sociologist of science and technology at Princeton University, where I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department.At Princeton, I teach classes on the Sociology of Technology; Sociology of Science; Work, Technology and Organizations; and Human-Computer Interaction.

The majority of my research is on robotic spacecraft teams at NASA, and how the teams' social organization affects and reflects their robots' activities and scientific results.My first book, Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars is based on over two years of working with the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, and will be published by University of Chicago Press in early 2015. I'm also working on an ethnography of the Cassini Mission to Saturn, thanks to a National Science Foundation Grant in SocioComputational Systems in collaboration with my Co-I's at University of California, Irvine.

I also have an interest in data practices and personal information privacy. I'm affiliated with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, am an advisory member at the Data & Society Think/Do Tank in New York City, have published on the topic at CHI (the ACM Conference on Human Computer Interaction) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, and am working on a related project with colleagues at Yahoo!. I'm also part of ongoing discussions about how scholars should approach digital contexts and tools in their research. This includes playing a formative role in the development of a Digital Humanities Center on campus at Princeton, co-editing Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited (MIT Press, 2014), and co-organizing multi-year effort to address the question of digital scholarship in Science and Technology Studies.

Here, you'll find more information about my projects, my publications, and my other engagements. You're also welcome to follow me on Twitter, where I tweet as @cyberlyra, and check out my writings on technology and society at Time.com.