Sharon Traweek

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Ph.D. University of California at Santa Cruz, 1982, from the Program in the History of Consciousness (Advisers: Hayden White and Gregory Bateson; thesis committee: James Clifford, Shelly Errington, Triloki N. Pandey, Thomas Rohlen, Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo)--M.A. Calif State Univ at San Francisco in Modern European History. Vartan Gregorian, adviser.--B.A. University of California at Berkeley in History (Adviser: Robert O. Paxton)

Research Interests

I am an associate professor in the History Department at UCLA; I have also been on the faculty of the Anthropology Department at Rice University and the Program in Anthropology & Archeology and to the Program in Science, Technology, & Society at MIT. I have held visiting faculty positions at the Mt Holyoke Five College Women's Studies Research Center, the Anthropology Department at the University of California at San Diego, and the Program in Values, Technology, Science, and Society at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in 1982 from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

My first book is Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists (Harvard University Press, 1988, paperback 1992). My next book, which is on Japanese big science, and a third on crafting cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine are both nearly completed; I have also published 25 articles in books and journals of anthropology, Asian studies, communications, cultural studies, history, and women's studies.

Since receiving my Ph.D. I have given over 180 talks in 11 countries for researchers in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, history, international relations, Japan studies, science and technology studies, science education, and women's studies; during the coming academic year twelve more are already scheduled. My work has been supported by, among others, the Danforth Foundation, the Fulbright Association, the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, MIT, Rice University, UCLA, the University of California, and the Japanese government.

For health reasons [increasing limitations in my physical mobility] I focused the last few years on doing research [usually requiring travel], writing articles, deferring writing books until later, although writing books are still required for promotion in history. Three years ago I had major surgery [relieving severe compression on my spinal cord in my neck]; that and ongoing physical therapy has alleviated many of my long-standing health problems.