Matthew J Wolf-Meyer

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
AffiliationsAmerican Studies Department,
Film and Digital Media Department,
Community Studies Program
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Office308 Social Sciences 1
Office HoursTTh 10-11:30am and by appt
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Mail361 Social Sciences 1
Santa Cruz, CA
Matthew J Wolf-Meyer

Research Interests

Historiography and ethnography of science and medicine in the United States; neuroscience, neurotypicality and disability; theories of embodiment and society; comparative studies of public health; the biology of everyday life; Deleuze and Guattari in the social sciences; experimentation in the sciences and arts, including experimental documentary and ethnography

Biography, Education and Training

Matthew Wolf-Meyer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, specializing in medical anthropology, the social study of science and technology, and neuroscience. He is author of The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine and Modern American Life (UMN Press, 2012), which focuses on sleep in American culture and its historical and contemporary relations to capitalism. His second book, What Matters: The Politics of American Brains, focuses on the ethical and epistemological practices in contemporary neuroscience, cybernetics, disability activism, and psychoanalysis in American society. Currently he is in the early stage of a new project focused on the neurological turn to the gut as an extension of the nervous system, the history of shit in the United States, and the therapeutic uses of human excrement in modern medicine.

Honors, Awards and Grants

New Millennium Book Award for -The Slumbering Masses-, 2013

Teaching Interests

Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Science and Medicine; Theories of Embodiment, Spatiotemporality, Everydayness, Life Itself, Immanence

Courses Taught

Anthropology 134: Medical Anthropology
Anthropology 136: Biology of Everyday Life
Anthropology 151: Ethnography Workshop
Anthropology 258: Experimental Cultures
Anthropoogy 262: Documenting Cultures