Katheryn Detwiler

Teaching Assistant Professor

School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


  • PhD (2022) The New School (Anthropology)
  • MA (2010) The New School (Anthropology)
  • BA (2005) Lewis and Clark College (Sociology/Anthropology)


My research explores how contemporary and emerging data practices shape the environments, methods, and ethical entanglements of scientific knowledge production. It examines the production, valuation, and circulation of scientific and other "open" Big Data and follows the variety of things these data become in the world. My doctoral work focused on the intersections between computing and prospecting, astronomy and mining, and observation and extraction in Chile's Atacama Desert.

General Information

Katheryn M. Detwiler
Teaching Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Stevens Institute of Technology
[email protected]

Professional Service

  • The Ann Snitow Prize for Feminist Activist Intellectuals Chair of Selection and Judging


Teaching Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Fall 2022 – present

Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Spring 2022

Adjunct Professor, Santa Fe Community College, Fall 2021

Teaching Assistant, Barnard College, Spring 2021

Teaching Fellow (Sole Instructor), Eugene Lang College, Spring 2018

Teaching Fellow (Sole Instructor), Eugene Lang College, Fall 2012

Honors and Awards

Selected Honors and Awards:

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Collaborative Humanities (Declined)
Vanderbilt University
April 29, 2022

Stanley Diamond Memorial Award in the Social Sciences
The New School
May 5, 2022

Inaugural Ann Snitow Award for Distinguished Contributions to Gender Studies
The New School
April 9, 2019

Andrew Mellon Fund Graduate Fellow in The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST)
The New School
2016 – 2017

Holocaust Memorial Dissertation Writing Fellowship
The New School
2016 - 2017

The John R. and Elise Everett Dissertation
Writing FellowshipThe New School
2015 – 2016

Dean’s Fellowship for Doctoral Study
The New School

Graduate Fellow and Grantee, The Janey Program in Latin American Studies
The New School

Trustee’s Scholar
Lewis and Clark College
2002 - 2005

J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship for Promise of Future Contribution to SocietyThe J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Professional Societies

  • SIAI – Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Project Title: “Science Fell in Love with the Chilean Sky: Data as a Speculative Resource in the Atacama Desert” (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Award ID: 1423373)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Start Date: August 2014
End Date: August 2015
Role: Co-PI

Project Title: “Desert Science” Experimental Film
Funding Agency: Dick and Sally Roberts Coyote Foundation
Start Date: July 2012
End Date: August 2012
Role: PI

Selected Publications

Book Chapters
“Earthless Astronomy, Landless Data, and the Mining of the Future,” in The Routledge Handbook of Social Studies of Outer Space, eds. Juan Francisco Salazar and Alice Gorman (Routledge: 2023), pp. 263 – 280.

“Logistical Natures in Andean Worlds,” Logistical Worlds III: Infrastructure, Labor, Power, eds. Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter (Open Humanities Press: 2021), pp. 79 – 90.

“Belonging,” and “The Hamburg Hydra” in Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures, (Berkeley: University of California Press and Creative Time Books, 2012).

Non-Refereed Articles and Essays
“Rupture and Utopia in Feminist World-Making,” CUNY Commons blog, published remarks from CUNY Center for Eastern European Studies Workshop, December 14, 2022.

“When the Walls of the City are Shaken: Thinking with Ann Snitow’s Feminist Voice of Uncertainty,” “The Square,” Blog of the NYU Press, May 10, 2021.

“Ann Snitow: In Memoriam,” Dissent Magazine, August 14, 2019

“Living Past the End Times,” co-authored with the collective of the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST) of The New School, New Geographies, Issue 9, January 2018.

“Gender Trouble in Poland,” co-authored with Ann Snitow, Dissent Magazine, Fall 2016.

Other Publications
Libretto, “Around 4.5 billion Years Ago,” for composer Daniel Goode’s “Triple Concerto for Orchestra and Lecturers,” an original composition for The Flexible Orchestra, arranged for eight bassoons and xylophone, performed October 4, 2018, New York, NY.


Courses Taught at Stevens Institute of Technology:
Introduction to Anthropology (Spring 2022)
Computers and Society (Fall 2022, Spring 2023)
Computing and Capitalism (Fall 2023)
Special Topics in the History of Science: Monsters, Cyborgs, and Robots (Fall 2023)

Other Courses:
Experiments in Sensory Ethnography (Spring 2018)
The Anthropology of Everyday Life: Familiar and Strange (Fall 2012)