Thornton A222
351 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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 also the Course Director for the study abroad course in Guatemala: “Public Health, Engineering, and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Community Development.” His research has ranged widely, from the restoration of World War II warplanes to the data collection practices of Google and Facebook to the ethics and practice of student community-engagement projects. His undergraduate (Vanderbilt University) and doctoral (UVA) degrees are both in Cultural Anthropology, but he has been immersed in the interdisciplinary field of Science & Technology Studies for over a decade. Before earning his doctorate, he was a desk officer at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.


B.A, Vanderbilt University, 1992

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2006

Post-Doc, University of Virginia, 2007-10

Research Interests

Intercultural Learning and Teaching
History and Culture of Guatemala
Ethics and Practice of Community Engagement/Service Learning
Maintenance, Repair, and Restoration
Surveillance, Transparency, and Accountability through Data
Data Ethics

Selected Publications

Working Across Disciplines and Chipping Away at Silos with SLCE: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Educating Science and Engineering Students. (2014) SWAP, R.J. & WAYLAND, K.
“It’s Not an Airplane, It’s My Baby”: Using a Gender Metaphor to Make Sense of Old Warplanes in North America. (2014) WAYLAND, K.
Campaign Finance Disclosure: Transparency Becomes Surveillance. (2014) JOHNSON, D. G., REGAN, P. M., & WAYLAND, K. A.
Google: Simple Data, Powerful Rendering. (2014) WAYLAND, K.A.
Facebook: Multiple Accountabilities (2014) WAYLAND, K. A., JOHNSON, D. G., & REGAN, P. M.
When Transparency Isn’t Transparent: Campaign Finance Disclosure and Internet Surveillance. (2014) WAYLAND, K., ARMENGOL, R., & JOHNSON, D. G.
Campaign Disclosure, Privacy and Transparency. (2010) JOHNSON, D. G., REGAN, P. M., & WAYLAND, K.

Courses Taught

STS 4500 STS and Engineering Practice
STS 4600 The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility