- School of History and Sociology
Amit Prasad specializes in global, transnational, and post/de-colonial sociology of science, technology, and medicine. His research focuses on the complex, contested, and yet, often, hidden role of transnational/global flows of knowledge, technological artifacts, and people in constituting subjects, in imagining geographies, and in laboratory practices. His first book, Imperial Technoscience: Entangled Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India (MIT Press, 2014), yokes together two important sociological concerns, namely empirical investigation of local cultures of sciences and unraveling of their hierarchical entanglements within national and transnational political economy and within Euro/West-centric discourses. The book, thus, excavates the mutually constitutive roles of temporally emergent and long enduring discourses and practices in science, technology and medicine. Prasad has also published on the shift in visual culture of medicine with the emergence of technologies such as MRI and on transnational hierarchies in overseas drug trials and medical transcription. For the last two years he has been studying COVID misinformation, in particular how its interpretations and travel within social groups and internationally provides a window to the history of the present. His research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Institute for Indian Studies/National Endowment for Humanities, among others. His second book, Science Studies Meets Colonialism is in Press and would be published this year. Drawing on an ethnographic study of a stem cell clinic, he is writing his third book that is tentatively titled Globalization in a Laboratory: Stem Cells, Scientific Uncertainty, and Journeys of Hope.
He is an editor of the journal Science, Technology and Society (Sage).
He is also an avid collector of Indian art, medieval miniatures and modern and contemporary paintings and etchings.
Recent publication: Anti-Science Misinformation and Conspiracies during COVID-19 Pandemic:
- History of Technology/Engineering and Society
- Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
- Science and Technology Studies
- Asia (South)
- Europe - United Kingdom
- United States
- HTS-2100: Sci, Tech & Modern World
- HTS-3055: Globalization Modern Era
- HTS-4091: Seminar Global Issues
- HTS-6124: Sci&Tech Beyond Borders
- HTS-7001: Sociohistorical Analysis