Janet A. Vertesi

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Princeton University

Janet Vertesi is a sociologist of science and technology at Princeton University, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department.At Princeton, she teaches classes on the Sociology of Technology; Sociology of Science; Work, Technology and Organizations; and Human-Computer Interaction.

The majority of Janet’s research is on robotic spacecraft teams at NASA, and how the teams’ social organization affects and reflects their robots’ activities and scientific results. Her first book, Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars is based on over two years of working with the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, and was published by University of Chicago Press in early 2015. Janet is also working on an ethnography of the Cassini Mission to Saturn, with a National Science Foundation Grant in SocioComputational Systems in collaboration with her Co-I’s at University of California, Irvine.



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