Natasha Schüll

 

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Room E51-188
617-253-9651

nds@mit.edu

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Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Her new book, ADDICTION BY DESIGN: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press 2012), draws on extended research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of the slot machines they play to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current, ongoing research concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they engender. Her documentary film, BUFFET: All You Can Eat Las Vegas, has screened multiple times on PBS and appeared in numerous film festivals.

Schüll graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkele's Department of Anthropology in 1993 and returned to receive her PhD in 2003. Schüll held postdoctoral positions as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and as a fellow at NYU's International Center for Advanced Studies. She joined MIT's faculty in Fall 2007. Schüll's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. At MIT, she offers courses on Technology and Experience, Bioethics, and Neuroscience and Society.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT STS
Building E51-185
617-253-4062
stsprogram@mit.edu