Stephen Kingsley Scott
Research and Teaching Interests: Linguistic anthropology; science, technology, and medicine studies; semiotics of expertise; knowledge and governance practices; Latin America; urban Bolivia; global tuberculosis control.
Stephen Kingsley Scott is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist working at the intersection of semiotics and the study of science, technology, and medicine. His research explores problems of language, knowledge, and governance in Latin America, focusing more narrowly on cultures of sociotechnical expertise and the public agencies and imaginaries they animate. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Metrological Mountain: Making TB Public in the Two Bolivias, which takes up the high stakes of introducing global tuberculosis control into Bolivia during the country’s tumultuous two decades of neoliberal reform (1985-2005), a period that saw national TB incidence more than quadruple. At the core of his book is an ethnography of the politics and pragmatics of measurement as they play out in attempts to extend TB control infrastructures in the “other” Bolivia, the Bolivia of indigenous communities and periurban neighborhoods. Through this lens, his book explores how forms of institutional legibility shape the creation of new public knowledges, and how this publicity in turn shapes the broader legitimacy of everyday forms of governance. Stephen received his PhD from the University of Chicago, where his dissertation was awarded the Daniel F. Nugent Prize for best dissertation in historical anthropology.
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