Alison Kenner

Education

2011 Ph.D. Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dissertation Title: Breathtaking: Contemporary Figures of U.S. Asthma Care
Committee: Mike Fortun (chair), Kim Fortun, Dean Nieusma, Tomie Hahn

2006 M.A. Women’s Studies, magna cum laude, University of Albany, SUNY
Thesis Title: From Triumph to Tragedy: The 1911 Triangle Fire as Historical Hypertext Fiction
Committee: Vivien Ng (chair), Janell Hobson, Edward Schwartzschild

2003 B.A. English, magna cum laude, University of Albany, SUNY
Minors in Philosophy and Women’s Studies

Non-degree course work
2003-2004 M.A. courses in Philosophy, University of Albany, SUNY

Experience

2013-present Assistant Professor
Department of Politics + Center for Science, Technology and Society
College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2011-2013 Managing Editor and Intern Program Director
Cultural Anthropology, The Journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Duke University, Durham, NC

2011-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Science & Technology Studies
School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

During graduate studies at Rensselaer
2008-2010 Managing Editor
Cultural Anthropology, the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

2006-2008 Teaching Assistant (4 terms)
TA positions: joint instructor (1 term), recitation instructor (3 terms)
Department of Science & Technology Studies
School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

2005-2008 Course Instructor (4 terms)
Department of Women’s Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York

2007-2008 Editorial Assistant
Cultural Anthropology, the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

During graduate studies at the University at Albany
2004-2006 Graduate Assistant
The New York State Writer’s Institute
University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York

2005 Teaching Assistant (1 term)
Department of Women’s Studies
School of Arts and Sciences, University of Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York

External Grants

Title: Indexing Energy Performance in Housing Servicescapes: A Multiscale Study in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region
Type: Research
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation; Science, Technology, and Society Program
Role: PI
Dates: April 1, 2019 – March 21, 2022
Amount: $352,979

Title: The Climate-Ready Home
Type: Education/Curriculum Development
Sponsoring Agency: Franklin Institute/National Science Foundation
Role: PI (With Co-PIs: Russ Zerbo (Clean Air Council), Thomas Flaherty (Energy Coordinating Agency), Julia Menzo (Liberty Lutheran), Deepa Mankikar (National Nurse-Led Care Consortium), and Jessica Caum (Philadelphia Department of Public Health)
Dates: April 2017 – June 2018
Amount: $10,000

Title: Climate, Health, and Home: Building Public Health Networks with Community-Based Climate Change Education
Type: Education/Curriculum Development
Sponsoring Agency: Franklin Institute/National Science Foundation
Role: Co-PI with Russ Zerbo (Clean Air Council), Thomas Flaherty (Energy Coordinating Agency), Julia Menzo (Liberty Lutheran), Deepa Mankikar (National Nurse-Led Care Consortium), and Jessica Caum (Philadelphia Department of Public Health)
Dates: April 2017 – June 2018
Amount: $22,000

Title: Bringing Health Outcomes to Neighborhood Energy Centers: Training Trainers on the Impacts of Climate Change
Type: Education/Curriculum Development
Sponsoring Agency: Franklin Institute/National Science Foundation
Role: Co-PI with Thomas Flaherty (Energy Coordinating Agency), Andrew Goodman (New Kensington Community Development Corporation), Rachael Greenberg (National Nursing Centers Consortium)
Dates: May-August 2016
Amount: $8,000

Title: Building Capacity to Communicate Climate Change
Type: Education/Curriculum Development
Sponsoring Agency: Franklin Institute/National Science Foundation
Role: Co-PI with Saleem Chapman (Clean Air Council), Rachael Greenberg (National Nursing Centers Consortium)
Dates: April – September 2015
Amount: $6,000

Title: Climate Change and Health: Actions You Can Take in the Home
Type: Educational/Curriculum Development
Sponsoring agency: The Franklin Institute/National Science Foundation
Role: Co-PI with Saleem Chapman (Clean Air Council), Rachael Greenberg (National Nursing Centers Consortium)
Dates: July-December 2014
Amount: $6,000 (Drexel received $2,000)

Internal Grants

Title: Indexing Energy Performance: An Analysis of Sociotechnical Services in Philadelphia’s Housing Stabilization Sector
Type: Research Grant
Sponsoring Agency: Office of the Provost
Role: PI
Dates: June-September 2018
Amount: $7,500

Title: Shifting Engagements with Energy in a Smart Campus Environment
Type: Research Grant
Sponsoring agency: Institute for Energy and Environment (Drexel University)
Role: Co-PI with Karen Miu-Miller (CoE), Dagmar Neibur (CoE), Chika Nwankpa (CoE), Mimi Sheller (CoAS)
Dates: 2014-2015
Amount: $50,000

Title: Sustainability Knowledge Production in Philadelphia: Understanding How Public Data Projects Advance Civic Engagement
Type: Fellowship
Sponsoring agency: Urban Sustainability Initiative (Drexel University)
Role: PI (with Dawn McDougall)
Dates: 2014
Amount: $7,500

Title: Mapping Perceptions of Environmental Health Risks: A Comparison of Three Communities
Type: Research Grant
Sponsoring agency: Social Science Council (Drexel University)
Role: Co-PI with Igor Burnstyn (DSPH), John Lee (Clean Air Council)
Dates: 2014
Amount: $11,000

Title: Developing Dementia: Technoscientific Responses to the Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic
Type: Research Fellowship
Sponsoring agency: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Role: PI
Dates: 2008-2010
Amount: $48,000

Research Support from Other Grants

Title: Environmental Health Governance in Six Cities: How Scientific Cultures, Practices and Infrastructure Shape Governance Styles
Type: Research Grant
Sponsoring agency: National Science Foundation
Role: Project Collaborator (Co-PIs: Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Dates: September 2015-December 2017
Amount: $ 178,751 ($12,000 for Drexel research team)

Title: Strategizing Transdisciplinarity: From Exposure Assessment to Exposure Analysis in the U.S.
Type: Research Grant
Sponsoring agency: National Science Foundation
Role: Graduate Research Assistant (PI: Kim Fortun)
Dates: 2008-2010 (This grant supported multiple fieldwork trips for dissertation work between 2009-2011)

Awards

2017 Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Provost, Drexel University
2016 Teaching Excellence Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University
2016 Drexel Career Development Award, Office of Faculty Affairs, Drexel University
2007 McKinney Writing Competition, First Prize in “Electronic Media,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2007 Master Teaching Fellow Award, Office of Graduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Publications

Books

2018 Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change. University of Minnesota Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2019 “Emplaced Care and Atmospheric Politics in Unbreathable Worlds.” Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space, xx.

2016 “Asthma on the Move: How Mobile Apps Remediate Risk for Disease Management.” Health, Risk, & Society, 17(7-8): 510-529.

2014 Kim Fortun, Erik Bigras, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Sonia Saheb, Jerome Crowder, Daniel Price, Alison Kenner, Michael Fortun. “Experimental Ethnography Online: The Asthma Files.” Cultural Studies, 28(4): 632-642.

2014 “Designing Digital Infrastructure: Four Considerations for Digital Publishing Projects.” Cultural Anthropology, 29(2): 264-287.

2013 “The Healthy Asthmatic.” M/C Journal 16(6).

2008 “Securing the Elderly Body: Dementia, Surveillance, and the Politics of ‘Aging in Place.’” Surveillance & Society 5(3): 252-269.

Scholarly Book Chapters and Magazine Articles

2017 Samuel Gerald Collins, Matthew Durington, Paolo Favero, Krista Harper, Alison Kenner, and Casey O’Donnell “Ethnographic Apps/Apps as Ethnography.” Anthropology Now, 9: 102-118.

2016 “Health and Environment in Urban Policy” in The CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy, Christine Kelleher Palus and Richardson Dilworth, eds. Sage Press.

2014 “Caring for Asthma with the Buteyko Method: On How to Make Breath Visible,” in Ecologies of Care: Innovations Through Technologies, Collectives, and Senses, Gergley Mohacsi, ed. Osaka University: 299-322.

2014 Michael Fortun, Kim Fortun, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Sonia Saheb, Daniel Price, Alison Kenner, Jerome Crowder. “Asthma, Culture, and Cultural Analysis: Continuing Challenges,” in Heterogeneity in Asthma, Allan R. Brasier, ed. New York: Springer, 321-332.

Book Reviews

2009 “Review of Solove’s The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age.” Surveillance & Society 6(2): 193-194.

2008 “Situating Surveillance: Emerging Theories and Technologies.” Review of David Lyon, ed. Theorizing Surveillance: The Panopticon and Beyond. The Communication Review, 11(1): 104-108.

Editor-Reviewed Online Essays

2019 “Pharmakon Mold.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology, June.

2017 “Necessary Evil Post-Workshop of the World.” Theorizing the
Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website, May 2017. https://culanth.org/

2017 “A Sense for Chemical Care.” The Second Spear, Medical Anthropology Quarterly website, April 2017. http://medanthroquarterly.org/2017/03/29/a-sense-for-chemical-care/

2016 “Learning to Teach Research,” Platypus: The CASTAC Blog. September 30, 2016

2016 (with Marcel LaFlamme, Darren Byler, and Jonah S. Rubin) “A Space of Play: The Past and Future of the Contributing Editors Program.” Fieldsights – Cultural Anthropology Online. July 19, 2016. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/926-a-space-of-play-the-past-and-future-of-the-contributing-editors-program

2013 “On Making Breath Visible.” Fieldsights – Cultural Anthropology Online. June 15, 2013. http://production.culanth.org/fieldsights/342-invisibilities-provocation

2013 “Findings from The Asthma Files.” CASTAC Blog (From the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing). April 30, 2013. http://blog.castac.org/2013/04/findings-from-the-asthma-files/

2012 “Writing Space for Ethnography.” Guest Series: Ethnography on/from the Sidelines. Savage Minds. July 27, 2012. http://savageminds.org/2012/07/27/writing-space-for-ethnography/

2012 “Ethnography’s Sense.” Guest Series: Ethnography on/from the Sidelines. Savage Minds. July 20, 2012. http://savageminds.org/2012/07/20/ethnographys-sense/

2012 “Making Ethnography Work.” Guest Series: Ethnography on/from the Sidelines. Savage Minds. July 1, 2012. http://savageminds.org/2012/07/13/making-ethnography-work/

2012 “Caring for Our Sidelines.” Guest Series: Ethnography on/from the Sidelines. Savage Minds. July 1, 2012. http://savageminds.org/2012/07/06/caring-for-our-sidelines/