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Ian Vincent McGonigle

Ian Vincent McGonigle

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Ian Vincent McGonigle is a Visiting Fellow at Program on Science, Technology and Society for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is supported by a Fellowship administered by the Social Sciences Division of the University of Chicago, where he has been a graduate student of Anthropology since 2011. His research can be roughly situated in the Anthropology of Science, focusing on the biopolitical side of personal genomics, investigating the ways that ‘reading the genome’ can be seen to tie together predictive medicine, racial science, and political affiliations, such as nation states and ethnic communities.

Previously Ian was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, where he also held a Medical Research Council UK studentship and completed his PhD (2010), investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying neurotransmitter receptor function. Ian also holds a BA in Biochemistry with Cell Biology from Trinity College Dublin (2007) and an MA in Anthropology from University of Chicago (2013). At Chicago, Ian wrote a masters paper on ethnopharmacology that dealt with the political and epistemological problems inherent in translating across distinct forms of expert knowledge. His research horizons thus extend from basic biological questions encompassed by pharmacology and neuroscience, to broader, reflexive, epistemological problems, such as the different and sometimes incommensurable ways in which knowledge can be produced, known, and communicated.

While at Harvard, Ian will be developing his doctoral research proposal and preparing for anthropological fieldwork in Israel, where he plans to investigate the social life of genomic science and its links to broader Israeli society.



McGonigle, I.V. (2013) Khat: Chewing on a Bitter Controversy. Anthropology Today 29(4): 4-7.

McGonigle, I.V. (2012) Bruno Latour: A Philosophical Critic of ‘Facts’ and ‘Modernity.’ Science as Culture 21(4): 556-560.



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