How Does Deviance Make a Difference in a World Filling with Robots?

I defended my dissertation at MIT's Sloan School of Management in July of 2017, and am grateful and excited to join the faculty of UCSB's Technology Management Program in the fall. I study how deviance arises and makes a difference in work involving machine intelligence. I specifically focus on robotics in collaborative work.



What can the practice of surgery with the da Vinci robot teach us about deviance in the 21st century? I address this question via my field-based study of robotic surgery at a number of hospitals.

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Teaching and Consultation

Teaching and Consultation

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Robots and Work – Popular Media

Here’s an up-to-date listing of my pieces on robots and work in the popular media:


NPR – KJZZ (Phoenix) – “The Show”:

The US Can Lead the Robotics Race with China

Robo-Sabotage is Surprisingly Common

Robots’ Value as Symbols, Signals and Tools

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows
The Conversation, Jan 9, 2018

The US can’t beat China’s robots—but it can win by building the machines that make them, March 30, 2017

Robots Add Real Value When Working With Humans, Not Replacing Them
TechCrunch, May 29, 2016

Robo-Sabotage is Surprisingly Common
MIT Technology Review, August 4, 2015

Beyond Safety: Is Robotic Surgery Sustainable?
Robohub, July 29, 2015

Robotics on the Night Shift
MIT Sloan, February 20, 2014

Robots and The Economy: Red Herrings or Canaries in a Coal Mine?
Robohub, April 13, 2013

Robots Won’t Take Your Job, But Automation Might
VentureBeat, November 29, 2012

The Avatar Economy (behind a paywall)
MIT Technology Review, July 18, 2012