David J. Hess


I have had the privilege of chairing or serving on the committee of many wonderful graduate students and also of supervising many great undergrauate theses. Several former doctoral students are now in academic or NGO positions. The following list, although incomplete, gives prospective graduate students a sense of the range of topics that students have studied:

Sulfikar Amir, who studied nationalism and the aerospace industry in Indonesia, is an assistant professor of sociology at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Barbara Allen, who did research on Louisiana's cancer alley and published it as the book Uneasy Alchemy, is a full professor and the director of the Northern Virginia program in Science, Technology, and Society of Virginia Tech.

Dikoh Chen, who studied labor, gender, and religion among Taiwanese machinists, is an associate professor in the Graduate School for Transformation Studies, Shih-Hsin University, Taiwan.

Shib Dasgupta studied e-governance and politics in India and is now executive director of DevKalpana Technologies.

Rachel Dowty, who studied social aspects of neurosciences and cognition, is an assistant professor of Disaster Science and Management at Louisisana State University.

Seval Dulgeroglu Yavez, who wrote her dissertation on gender, nationality, and other cultural dimensions of advertising representations, is Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts in Mustafa Kemal University in Hatay, Turkey.

Virginia Eubanks, who wrote on "popular technology" and the myth of the digital divide in the U.S., is an associate professor of Women's Studies, SUNY Albany.

Patrick Feng, who studied privacy software standards for the World Wide Web, is an assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary.

Maral Erol, who studied menopause in Turkey, has a postdoc at Duke University.

James Fenimore, who studied the use of information technology and multimedia in Protestant churches, is the Albany District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.

Sean Ferguson studied bioplastics at the urban level in the United States.

Jill Fisher, who studied the ethics of informed consent and the privatization of clinical trials, is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill..

Jenrose Fitzgerald, who studied globalization and Kentucky's agrarian economy, isaffiliated working with Dwight Billings at the University of Kentucky on an NSF-supported study of clean coal in Appalachia.

Ken Fleischmann, who studied simulation technologies in biology and medical education in the U.S., is an associate professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Texas.

Govind Gopakumar, who studied the politics of water infrastructure and sanitation in India, is an assistant professor of General Studies at Concordia University.

Anna Lamprou studied NGOs, nanotechnology policy, and harmonization of EU and US policies.

David Levinger, who wrote his disseration on pedestrian technologies, is president of the Mobility Education Foundation.

Lisa McLoughlin, who studied women in the undergraduate engineering education, is an adjunct professor at Greenfield Community College.

Torin Monahan, who studied globalization and information technology in the Los Angeles Unified School district, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapen Hill.

Dan Morrison studied patient experiences and brain implant technologies used for Parkinson's and other diseases. He is currently an assistant professor at Pepperdine University.

Jay Ou, one of the many outstanding undergraduate students with whom I have worked, went on to earn his PhD in anthropology at UC Berkeley and to become the CEO of various companies, including Ecologic and Cacao Green.

Steve Pierce, who studied alternative radio and community access television, is the director of Media Alliance in Troy.

Hector Postigo, who studied the digital rights movements, is Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Theater, Temple University.

Shailaja Valdiya studied neoliberalism and biomedical research in India.

Roli Varma, who studied changing R&D policies and their impacts on scientists, is professor of public administration, University of New Mexico.

Logan Williams studied NGOs, blindness, and the circulation of global technology based on fieldwork in Mexico, Africa, and South Asia. She is now an assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University..

Margaret Wooddell, who studied breast cancer activism and clinical trials controversies in the U.S., is a senior clinical research scientist at a biotechnology firm.