Joseph Dumit

Professor of Anthropology

University of California, Davis

Joseph Dumit is a Professor of Science & Technology Studies (STS), and of Cultural Anthropology. He is the director of the new Institute for Social Sciences, former director of STS, and member of the executive committee in Performance Studies. Joe studies how science and medicine change, especially through new technologies, media platforms, and collaborative methods. His most recent book is, Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Duke University Press, 2012). Previously he wrote about neuroscientists making brain images, Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2004). He edited three books and for ten years was an editor of the journal Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry. His current projects include studying the transformation of science with the KeckCAVES (, developing new gaming interfaces and studying game playing at the Humanities Innovation Lab (, and working on the history of flowcharts in computer science and psychology.