Faculty

Sharon Traweek


Associate Professor, Gender Studies and History


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Email    traweek@history.ucla.edu
Office  2214 Rolfe Hall
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I am an associate professor in the Department of Gender Studies and History at UCLA; I have also been on the faculty of the Anthropology Department at Rice University and the Program in Anthropology & Archeology and to the Program in Science, Technology, & Society at MIT.  I have held visiting faculty positions at the Mt Holyoke Five College Women's Studies Research Center, the Anthropology Department at the University of California at San Diego, the Program in Values, Technology, Science, and Society at Stanford University, and Sokendai, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, in Japan.  I received my Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  My first book is Beamtimes and Lifetimes:  The World of High Energy Physicists (Harvard University Press, 1988, paperback 1992); it remains in print and has been translated into Chinese (2003). My next book, which is on Japanese big science, and a third on crafting cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine will be submitted to publishers this year; I have also published 25 articles in books and journals of anthropology, Asian studies, communications, cultural studies, history, and women's studies. I have four new articles in draft.

 

I conduct multi-sited historical ethnographic research on knowledge making practices and the infrastructures in which they are embedded. My primary field sites are in Japan, Switzerland, and the US among anthropologists, historians, and physicists as we teach, conduct research, and collect the resources for teaching and research.   I study discursive formations [including narrative strategies], their transnational circulations, and variations in the meanings knowledge makers attribute to artifacts, bodies, cultures, and natures.   I do that by studying everyday knowledge making practices in specific political economies and sites by specific people drawing upon embodied aesthetic, moral and intellectual discourses, especially when things are falling apart. I address these issues in public cultures, laboratories, professional networks, academic arenas, and in public policy making, attending to how knowledge is produced and reproduced in these multiple sites, interactions, machines, discourses, and texts, 
locally and globally.

For the last several years I have chosen to work with international, interdisciplinary collaborations.  I have been engaged in developing digital archives and collecting oral histories among Japanese national laboratories; my focus has been on foreign and women scientists.  I am now engaged in linking researchers engaged in such studies in Denmark, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and the US.   We have presented papers together at international conferences.  Our next steps are to teach digitally linked courses, hold symposia, and convene a summer school on collecting, interpreting, and archiving oral histories.  During the past six years the Japanese government has funded my interdisciplinary collaborative research with some additional support from NSF and UCLA.  These grants have provided support for three UCLA graduate students and a postdoctoral student [with a PhD from UCLA].  I have written several progress reports on the collaboration’s research activities, and organized the biannual workshops held by the collaboration during the last five years.

Recently I joined a collaboration that includes 32 people from 13 organizations, including 5 universities and 3 research institutes.  Our UCLA subgroup will be studying how large scale, transnational scientific databases are designed, funded, collected, analyzed, managed, discarded, repaired, accessed, ignored, and/or archived over the long term by astronomers. My focus is archival, ethnographic, and oral history studies of the embodied, gendered transmission of working knowledge/aesthetics/ ethics/tacit practices about such databases across generations of researchers trans-nationally

My work is fundamentally interdisciplinary.  I have active affiliations with the UCLA Anthropology Department, the Center for Ethnography at the University of California at Irvine, the UCLA Center for Information as Evidence, the UCLA Department of Information Studies, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the UCLA Global South Initiative, the Sokendai Graduate University for Advanced Study in Japan, the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, and the UCLA Center for Embedded Network Sensing.  Since receiving my Ph.D. I have given about 220 talks in 14 countries for researchers in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, history, information studies, international relations, Japan studies, science and technology studies, science education, and women's studies.  My work has been supported by, among others, the Danforth Foundation, the Fulbright Association, the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, MIT, Rice University, UCLA, the University of California, and the Japanese government.

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Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Directed Research in Gender Studies

2017 Winter Quarter

Power

Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Epistemologies of Gender

2016 Winter Quarter

Power

Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

2015 Spring Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

2015 Winter Quarter

Power

Gender, Science, and Theory

2014 Spring Quarter

Gender, Science, and Theory

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2014 Winter Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2013 Spring Quarter

Gender, Science, and Theory

Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2013 Winter Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2012 Spring Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Topics in History: Science/Technology

Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2011 Fall Quarter

Gender, Science, and Theory

2011 Spring Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2011 Winter Quarter

Gender, Science, and Theory

Special Topics in Women's Studies

2010 Spring Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2009 Fall Quarter

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

Gender, Science, and Theory

2009 Spring Quarter

Theories of Scientific Change

Gender and Politics of Information

2009 Winter Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

2008 Spring Quarter

Science and Technology in the 20th Century

Seminar: History of Science

2008 Winter Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

Seminar: History of Science

2007 Spring Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

Theories of Scientific Change

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

Science and Technology in the 20th Century

2005 Spring Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2004 Fall Quarter

Science and Technology in the 20th Century

2004 Spring Quarter

Science and Technology in the 20th Century

2003 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar: Science/Technology

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2002 Fall Quarter

Science and Technology in the 20th Century

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Spring Quarter

Topics in History of Science

2001 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Fall Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

2000 Spring Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

Sociocultural Aspects of 20th-Century Technopoles in the American West: Los Alamos, New Mexico

1999 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Spring Quarter

Social Knowledge and Social Power

1999 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: Physical Sciences since the Enlightenment

1998 Spring Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

GENDER 187
Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

GENDER 203
Epistemologies of Gender

2016 Spring Quarter

HIST M180B
Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

GENDER M180B
Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

GENDER 102
Power

2015 Winter Quarter

GENDER 134
Gender, Science, and Theory

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

GENDER 187
Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

GENDER 203
Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 201O
Topics in History: Science/Technology

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

WOM STD M180B
Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

WOM STD 203
Research Methods in Studies of Women and Gender

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 102
Power

2011 Fall Quarter

WOM STD 134
Gender, Science, and Theory

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

WOM STD 185
Special Topics in Women's Studies

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 2B
Social Knowledge and Social Power

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 205
Gender and Politics of Information

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 295
Theories of Scientific Change

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

HIST 297B
Seminar: History of Science

2008 Spring Quarter

HIST 180C
Science and Technology in the 20th Century

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 297A
Seminar: History of Science

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 97I
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 195D
Science and Technology in the 20th Century

2004 Spring Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

HIST 197I
Undergraduate Seminar: Science/Technology

2003 Fall Quarter

HIST 197J
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Fall Quarter

HIST 195E
Topics in History of Science

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 197D
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Winter Quarter

HIST 98T
Sociocultural Aspects of 20th-Century Technopoles in the American West: Los Alamos, New Mexico

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 197K
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Fall Quarter

HIST 3B
Introduction to History of Science: Physical Sciences since the Enlightenment

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 2B

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 197J

1998 Spring Quarter

HIST 197P

1997 Fall Quarter