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. As an interdisciplinary scholar rooted in qualitative social science, my interests and research connections span the campus's schools of computer science, humanities, science, engineering, and public policy. I'm affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy, the History of Science program, the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Urban Studies.

The majority of my research is on robotic spacecraft teams at NASA, and how organizational factors affect and reflect planetary scientists' 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, published by University of Chicago Press in 2015. I've recently completed a study of the Cassini Mission to Saturn and am currently working on a new mission to Europa, thanks to several National Science Foundation Grants in SocioComputational Systems .

I have a keen interest in 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. In addition, I write frequently about data practices and personal information privacy. I'm 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 my research has been supported by companies like Intel and Yahoo.

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.