About our initiative

The Southern California Ethnographies of Science and Technology is a student-faculty collaboration in the Pomona College Anthropology department creating the framework of a regional network of researchers engaging with issues of science and technology through ethnographic methods.

The collaboration began in the semester of spring 2021, where we, due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, have decided to launch a virtual speakers series engaging the Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff. We have invited four scholars in the LA/SoCal area–Andrew LakoffKim Fortun, Peter Redfield, and Safiya Noble–to engage in critical dialogues throughout the spring 2021 semester. To learn more about the virtual speakers series, please use the navigation menu or visit this web page.


Joanne Randa Nucho, an anthropologist and filmmaker, is the author of Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power (Princeton University Press, 2016) and assistant professor of anthropology at Pomona College. Her films have screened in various venues, including the London International Documentary Film Festival in 2008 and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in 2017


Devon Baker is an Anthropology student at Pomona College from Jonesboro, Indiana. They are interested in thinking about the potential for and limits of creating resistance to worker exploitation through open-source technology, and the acceleration of Mechanical Turk-ization through on-demand delivery and rideshare platforms.

Guoquan Tony Jin is a student at Pomona College majoring in Anthropology and Romance Languages and Literatures. As a person of Korean descent born and raised in mainland China, he is interested in Chinese queer individuals and activists, their tactics and strategies, and their interactions with post-socialist and neoliberal elements of contemporary China.