Biography

As a graduate student, my research spans a number of academic disciplines, mainly grouping into biomedical sociology, social neuroscience, and science & technology studies. Underlying my exploration of these fields is a strong interest in combining them through philosophy of science. I have three main empirical projects. In the first project, I contributed to an experimental study at the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IHHCPAR) at Rutgers University. My team and I implemented psychophysiological methods and biomarkers to explore health, culture, and sex/gender processes. For this project, I acted as lab manager for the Health, Environment and Relational Ties (HEART) Laboratory along my colleagues Kristen Springer (Rutgers University, Sociology) and Mary Himmelstein (Rutgers University, Social Psychology)In the second project, I act as Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) on an National Science Foundation (NSF) supported study called Discordant Models of Testosterone Function under the collaborative tutelage of Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College) and Katrina Karkazis (Stanford University). In my third project, I am using science & technology and object-oriented ontology studies to critique and ultimately re-imagine the study of media multitasking that has been conducted in various academic fields. I am attempt to both historicize and contextualize the practice and elaborate the exploitative study of manipulating time in neoliberal organizations. 

As an undergraduate, I studied Sociology, Psychology, and Spanish at the University of Iowa, spending several semesters conducting research in the the Center for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP) under Michael Lovaglia (University of Iowa) and Mary Campbell (Texas A&M University, College Station). I also spent a semester abroad primarily focused on Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and Spanish at the Universitat de Illes Baleares in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Subsequently, I spent one year teaching elementary school courses in a number of disciplines in Córdoba, Spain. I spent an another working for a large retirement company, which substantiated my interests in the life course and temporality. These events have undeniably molded my research interests and approach to science. 

In my spare time, I am an avid listener of jazz, electronica, and noise music; full-time practitioner of multitasking; and devoted FC Barcelona and Golden State fan. 
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Brandon Kramer,
Aug 12, 2015, 8:09 AM
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