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Alison Kenner, PhD

Alison Kenner, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Office: 3101 Market Street, Room 222
Phone: 215.895.2463


  • PhD, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2012
  • MA, Women’s Studies, University at Albany, SUNY, 2006 
  • BA, English, University at Albany, SUNY, 2003 

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Science, technology, and health
  • Environmental health problems
  • Cities and place
  • Feminist theory
  • Medical anthropology
  • Digital humanities


I am an anthropologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies STS. I specialize in the study of contemporary health practices, and how biomedical science and emerging technologies shape the way we understand and care for chronic disease conditions.

My research and teaching focus on:

  1. Environmental health and the politics of care
  2. The spaces in which health and disease are produced (homes, cities, clinics, and public health networks)
  3. How embodied experiences of health and disease are technologically mediated

My current research examines the experiences of asthmatics and how asthma is cared for across different U.S. contexts; my analysis focuses on the ethical and epistemic problems surrounding environmental health conditions.

As an instructor, my seminars are organized around the complex medical, environmental, and technological problems that require interdisciplinary research and analysis.  Students learn to evaluate knowledge claims to gain understanding of scientific controversies, the politics of technology, and the social organization of medical research, for example. I am committed to helping students develop the capacity for research, and I look forward to teaching STS courses on health, medicine, the body and feminist theory.

Before joining Drexel, I was Managing Editor and Program Director at Cultural Anthropology, the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. I have taught in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY.

Selected Publications: