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Margarita Rayzberg

Area(s) of Interest

Science, Knowledge, and Technology, Global and Transnational Sociology; Sociology of Social Knowledge, Sociology of Expertise, International Development, Sociology of Economics, History of Social Thought, Contemporary Social Theory, Global Inequality


I study how knowledge actors make claims to legitimacy and authority, police the boundaries of expertise, and position themselves in relation to changing institutional arrangements and cultural practices. My research is positioned at the intersection of the transnational sociology and science and technology studies with a substantive focus on international development knowledge practices and a regional focus on Eastern Africa, especially Western Kenya.


Articles Under Review
Rayzberg, Margarita. “Fairness in the Field: The Ethics of Resource Allocation in Randomized Controlled Field Experiments.” Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Articles in Preparation
Rayzberg, Margarita. “In Search of a Representative Country: Sites of Development Research as Epistemic Heterotopias?” (target journal Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences)

Contributions to Edited Volumes
(Forthcoming, with Blake Smith) Queerness Over Time: Speed, Slowness and the Chronopolitics of Scholarship.” For the edited volume, Slow Down, ed. Jonathan Lee Chambers and Stephannie Gearhart. under contract with Routledge.

Book Reviews
Rayzberg, Margarita, and Ricardo Sánchez Cárdenas. 2013. The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader, ed. Sandra Harding. Science, Technology, and Human Values 38 (1): 150-153.

Awards, Honors, Grants, and Fellowships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, Finalist, 2017
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant, 2016
National Science Foundation STS Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2016
Buffett Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Travel Award, 2015
Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-in-Aid, 2014-2015
Outstanding Graduate Student Lecturer Winch Award, Sociology Department, 2014
Sociology Fieldwork Research Fellowship, Sociology Department, 2014-2015
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