Rebecca Hardesty

Rebecca Hardesty

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  • Ph.D. Candidate, Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, (Advanced to candidacy 2016)

  • M.A., Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2015

  • B.A., Philosophy and Theatre, Pitzer College, 2011


Science and technology studies, scientific practice, ethnomethodology, phenomenology, and video games 


Rebecca’s dissertation research centers around an ethnographic study of a laboratory of neuroscientists. The lab studies the neurobiology of cognition in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome. Rebecca’s work focuses on the everyday practices in which the lab members engage to construct model organisms, set standards for their own work, and interact with models to produce knowledge. She uses ethnographic methods, conversation and discourse analysis, and archival research to inquire into how the practices of working biologists reveal their epistemic values and how these practitioners work to justify the objectivity of their claims about reality. Rebecca has received support for her work from the Frontiers of Innovation Scholarship Program as well as UC San Diego’s Institute of Arts and Humanities. She has presented her work at 4S/EASST, the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice, the International Communication Association, and The Society for Phenomenology and Media. She has also organized a graduate conference on interdisciplinary work for UCSD’s Science Studies Program and an interdisciplinary working group on the philosophy of science in practice. Rebecca also has an ongoing collaboration with UCSD’s Center for Engaged Teaching in which she focuses on science and engineering education.

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