Sarah Klein

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  • PhD Candidate in Communication and Science Studies. University of California, San Diego. 2009 - present.
  • M.A. in Performance Studies. New York University. 2006.
  • B.A. in Cultural Studies. Trent University. 2003.

Research Interests

Scientific practice, experiment, performance, data, embodiment, ethnography, ethnomethodology, interdisciplinarity, collaboration.

I am an ethnographer of science and technology practice. My dissertation, “Getting Experimental: Performing Cognition in the EEG Lab” is an ethnography of experimental practice in a cognitive science laboratory that uses Electroencephalography (EEG) to study processes of language and meaning in the brain. Using theoretical and methodological approaches from Science Studies, Communication, and Performance Studies, I describe how cognitive scientists design, perform, and understand their experiments, and how unruly experimental subjects become competent data sources.


Klein, Sarah. Don’t Blink: Performing Experimental Time in the EEG Laboratory. (2014). Performance Research, 19(3), 88-92.

Fellowships and Awards

2015 Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Making and Doing Award, with Yelena Gluzman, for our exhibit Experimental Methods

2011-2013 - Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship


Response-able subjects: Shaping Experiment from the inside out (September 2016). Conference paper, 4S/EASST annual conference (Society for Social Studies of Science/European Association for Science and Technology Studies), Barcelona, Spain.

Writing with Brains: A Situated analysis of Event-Related Potentials research (June 2015). Invited talk, at The Psycho-physiology of Meaning-Making,  pre-conference workshop to the Annual Gathering in Biosemiotics, Aalborg University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DK.

When action is inscription: The entangled writing of brain ‘events’ (November 2015). Conference paper, 4S annual conference, Denver CO.

Experimental Methods, co-presented with Yelena Gluzman (November 2015) Performance/Demonstration, Making and Doing Exhibition, 4S annual conference, Denver CO.

Getting Experimental: Embodied reading as a part of cognitive science research (May 2015). Conference paper, Meeting of the American Ethnological Society (AES), San Diego, CA.