PhD Candidate at Cornell University's Department of Science & Technology Studies. Previous affiliations include the Department of Science-Technology-Society at the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research.
Working at the intersection of Science Studies, Medical Anthropology, Critical Public Health, and Multispecies Research. Current project is exploring patients’ experiences living with and getting treated for Hepatitis C viral infections.
Visit the Blog to see some of my notes from ethnography, think pieces, and other thoughts. Coming soon.
I am currently a PhD Candidate in Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. I hold two MA's in Science & Technology Studies, as well as a BA in Political Science (2012) and a BA in Sociology (2011) - both from the University of Vienna.
My research, broadly conceived, deals with issues of biomedicine, embodiment, and global public health, and sits at the intersection of Science & Technology Studies and Critical Medical Anthropology.
At the moment, I am back in Austria working on my dissertation: a community-engaged ethnography concerned with the lived experiences of patients suffering from and cured of Hepatitis C viral infections. Against the backdrop of changing treatment landscapes and novel pharmaceutical interventions, I want to understand what curing infections means beyond medical definitions of it; how bodies and lives are cared for and managed in a “traditional” welfare state’s contemporary biopolitics; and how we can articulate ways of living with biothreats in a world becoming ever more connected.
Between the lines
I am said to have mastered the art of lovingly stirring tiny cups of coffee with equally tiny spoons. I once played the piano but lost the time to keep trying, and I published a youth magazine because I was trying to say something. I grew up watching TV shows and movies to teach myself better English, and got stuck with a love for narrative and seeing what we can be made to feel. I prefer kickboxing to running. I keep wondering what my causes could be.
Hailing from small-town Austria, I worked as an office assistant during undergrad to support myself living in post-2008 Vienna. After that, I was hired as a sociologist at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research, where I learned that research always involves all of yourself and all the skills you bring to the job. STS, once I had found it, taught me that the most ardent truths could always be different while critical feminist theory taught me that they won't necessarily ever be any different - but we keep arguing and complaining anyway. When Anthropology and I were banded together by Cornell, I soon found society and culture in the smallest of movements; bodies became very dependent on one another.