Faculty

The Engineering and Society faculty shown below include professors, associate professors, and assistant professors with primary and joint appointments. To view additional faculty (courtesy, emeritus and visiting), select the "Find Faculty by Appointment" tab to filter results.
  • Peter Norton

    Associate Professor
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    Peter Norton is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches history of technology, social dimensions of engineering, research, and professional ethics. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the…
  • Jesse Pappas

    Assistant Professor
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    Jesse Pappas, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Society, is one of the only social psychologists in the U.S. with a full-time appointment in engineering. He works at the crossroads of individual experience and technological (e.g., educational) systems to cultivate human potential and keep technology where it belongs, working for us.

  • Bryan Pfaffenberger

    Professor Emeritus
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    Since the 1980s, Bryan pioneered the anthropology of technology (AoT). His influential works, cited over 5,000 times, emphasize technology's socio-cultural context. At UVA, he shaped AoT using interdisciplinary insights. Key publications apply anthropological theories to technology's cultural impact, referencing concepts like those of Victor Turner

  • Karina Rider

    Assistant Professor
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    Karina researches how people think about "good work" in the digital age. Trained as a sociologist, they use qualitative methods to get at how people critique technology and labor, and how they try to fix it. They are writing a book for MIT Press about what happens when high-status tech workers in Silicon Valley become disillusioned with their jobs.

  • Bryn Elizabeth Seabrook

    Assistant Professor
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    Bryn Seabrook's research interests include, bioethics, public participation in environmental policymaking, energy efficiency, climate change, negotiating the environmental - consumer nexus, and analyzing American consumer culture.

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    My research broadly focuses on the intersection of public cultures of work; commercial forms and techniques of governance; technology and the design of tools, machines, and devices; and architectures and infrastructures of mobility in the city. My current research focuses on…
  • Ingrid Townsend

    Professor Emerita
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    Ingrid Soudek Townsend joined the Engineering faculty in 1973 as the first full-time female faculty of the school. She served as the chair of the STS department for more than seven years. The Townsend Prize, awarded twice a year to the best undergraduate research paper in STS 101, was created to honor her legacy. Townsend retired in May 2008. 

  • Kent Wayland

    Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Kent Wayland is an Assistant Professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on science, technology, & society, writing, professional ethics, and cross-cultural engineering. He is…
  • Caitlin Donahue Wylie

    Associate Professor
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    I am a social scientist who studies how people work together to learn about nature and technology. Technicians, students, and community members make crucial contributions to knowledge without being professional scientists or engineers. Recognizing their work can help us build more inclusive, equitable, and socially beneficial research communities.