Mary Ingram-Waters

Mary Ingram-Waters
Honors Faculty Fellow
Arizona State University; Barett, the Honors College
CNS Affiliation
Social Science Graduate Fellow (Former)
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Dr. Mary Ingram-Waters was a CNS Graduate Fellow from 2006 to 2008. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2008. Her thesis, “Fictions of New Biological Sciences: Exploring Cultural Sites of Knowledge Production,” examines three different fictional arenas to uncover hidden histories and alternative experts of new biological and genetic technologies: 1970s lesbian science fiction, the 2002 Raelians’ cloning hoax, and an online amateur fiction community dedicated to the phenomenon of male pregnancy. While a doctoral student at UCSB, Mary held a two year research fellowship at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and a one year research fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of Science, Technology, and Society, in Graz, Austria. She was awarded the inaugural dissertation fellowship by the Capps Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. Publications from her dissertation research have appeared in Public Understanding of Science and the Yearbook of the STS-IAS. Mary sums up her research interests thusly: How do people use their imaginations to understand science and technology?