David Gerstle

David Gerstle

Lecturer

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Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology. Binghamton University

MA, Sociocultural Anthropology. Binghamton University

David S. Gerstle is a sociocultural anthropologist who focuses on the interplay between expert and public understandings of history, politics, and science. He has taught classes in anthropology, linguistics, first-year writing, and writing in the disciplines. A unifying principle in all of these classes is stressing the recursive, context-dependent nature of all communication. Students interrogate the power of language in order to recognize that communication is a process that demands critical thinking, revision, and reflexive engagement. In recent years he has taught both composition and public speaking in numerous skill-oriented and discipline-based courses at Binghamton University and SUNY Potsdam. These communication intensive classes engaged students in a wide breadth of subjects, including critiques of pluralism and inequality in the United States, and assessments of the dissemination and popularization of expert knowledge in science and technology.

Dr. Gerstle is currently completing a book manuscript that analyzes past and present interpretations of Darwinism in the United States. In particular, this project is focused on how deployments of Darwinism have impacted discourses of democracy, equality, and national destiny. His ongoing work includes examinations of language ideologies in social movements, the rhetorical functions of political propaganda, and the uses of scientific authority in marketing and advertisement. He has recently acted as contributing editor to the American Anthropological Association’s blog on the anthropology of science, technology, and computing.

Publications:

Heredity, Genealogy, and Popular Knowledge: An Interview with Carl Zimmer

Platypus, Blog for the Committee on Science, Technology, and Computing (American Anthropological Association), August 2018.

Modern Lives and Stone Age Minds: The Ambiguous Rhetoric of Evolutionary Mismatch

Platypus, Blog for the Committee on Science, Technology, and Computing (American Anthropological Association), July 2018.

Diet and the Disease of Civilization: An Interview with Adrienne Rose BitarPlatypus, Blog for the Committee on Science, Technology, and Computing (American Anthropological Association), April 2018.

Busting Myths of Human Nature: An Interview with Dr. Agustín FuentesPlatypus, Blog for the Committee on Science, Technology, and Computing (American Anthropological Association), January 2018.

 

 

Contact Info:  gerstd2@rpi.edu

Contact info:
Email Address: gerstd2@rpi.edu

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