Matthew J Wolf-Meyer

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department,
College Nine and Ten
AffiliationsAmerican Studies Department,
Film and Digital Media Department,
Community Studies Program
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Office308 Social Sciences 1
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Mail361 Social Sciences 1
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Historiography and ethnography of science and medicine in the United States; Deleuze and Guattari in the social sciences; experimentation in the sciences and arts, including experimental documentary and ethnography; theories of embodiment and society; postcolonial idioms of healing, remedy and cure; comparative studies of public health; the biology of everyday life

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 and the social study of science and technology. 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, autism activism, and psychoanalysis in American society, centered on the case of severe autism. Currently he is in the early stage of a new project focused on the history of shit in the United States and its relationship to growth and decay in American society.

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