Gary Downey

Alumni Distinguished Professor, STS

Blacksburg Campus

Email: downeyg@vt.eduPhone: 540-231-4761
Office Hours: TBAOffice: 332 Lane Hall

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Gary Downey is an ethnographic listener interested in engineering studies, especially practices of knowledge in service. Trained as a mechanical engineer (B.S. Lehigh 1974) and cultural anthropologist (B.A. Lehigh 1974, M.A. 1977 Chicago, Ph.D. Chicago 1981), he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies and affiliated faculty member in Engineering Education, Women\\\'s and Gender Studies, and Sociology.His current research explores the influences of dominant images of progress on what counts as engineers and engineering knowledge in different countries. Engineering studies; technology studies; cultural studies of science, technology and medicine; ethnography; changing role of the university. Ethnography of engineering education; ethnography of computer-aided engineering design; cyborg anthropology and the politics of academic theorizing. He is incoming President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)