New Faculty



Rachel Prentice
Assistant Professor
CIS, joint with Science and Technology Studies

Rachel Prentice is an assistant professor of the social, political, and ethical implications of information technology in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell. She obtained her A.B. in comparative literature
from Columbia College, Columbia University, in 1987, and her Ph.D. in science, technology, and society from M.I.T. in 2004. Her dissertation, “Bodies of Information: Reinventing Bodies and Practice in Medical Education,” is an ethnography about groups of physicians, engineers, and computer experts building computer applications and simulations for teaching anatomy and surgery. She is interested in how interdisciplinary groups are creating new methods for representing and interacting with bodies. Before graduate school, she worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington state, New Mexico, and Rome, Italy, focusing on science, environment, and government issues.
Prentice will teach “From Surgery to Simulation”, and “Computers: From Babbage to Gates” this fall. She will also teach “Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Science”, and “Exploring Cyberworlds: Thinking With and About Machines” in spring 2005.

Review of “Figurations: Child, Bodies, Worlds,” by C. Castaneda. Technology and Culture, January 2004.

Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship (2003–04)
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (1998–2002)
Siegel Prize for Best Paper on Science and Technology Studies, for “Calculating Women, Calculating
Machines: The Rise of Scientific and Technical Computation in England, 1920–1945” Science,
Technology, and Society Program, M.I.T. (1998)
Ida M. Green Fellowship, M.I.T. (1997–98)