Assistant Professor: Science, Technology, and Society
email: lmesseri (at) virginia.edu
office: A216 Thornton Hall
Ph.D., History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, MIT, 2011
S.B., Aerospace Engineering, MIT, 2004
Anthropology of Science, History of Technology, Planetary Science, Social Theory, Place and Space, Maps, Science and Engineering Practice, Virtual Reality, Anthropocene
Awards and Distinctions
Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow
NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant
NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Fellowship
STS 2500: The Anthropology of Outer Space
STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Society
Fall 2016. Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds. Duke University Press.
2015. “Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch.” Environment and Society: Advances in Research 6(1). With V. Olson.
2015. “The Greatest Missions Never Flown: Anticipatory Discourse and the Projectory in Technological Communities.” Technology and Culture 56 (1). With J. Vertesi.
2014. “Earth as Analog: The Interdisciplinary Debate and Astronaut Training that took Earth to the Moon.” Astropolitics 12(2-3).
2010. “The Problem With Pluto: Conflicting Cosmologies and the Classification of Planets.” Social Studies of Science 40(2).