Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn earned his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2012. His dissertation used multi-sited ethnographic methods to examine how innovations in the design of environmental media systems could help address the challenges of communicating politically and scientifically complex environmental issues.
Since the Fall of 2012, Brandon has been teaching courses is Science and Technology Studies, Sustainability Studies and Design, Innovation and Society at RPI.
Applying insights from his dissertation research on the design of media systems in the environmental arena, Brandon has contributed to a number of collaborative projects. In the Asthma Files, an interdisciplinary ethnographic project, Brandon has focused on developing the Platform for Collaborative and Experimental Ethnography (PECE) on which TAF operates, developing multi-media content for the website and curating within the Communicating Asthma section. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, In parallel with coursework relating fieldwork and artistic practices, Brandon has worked with Eben Kirksey and other colleagues in a “para-ethnographic swarm” that documented and analyzed a Multispecies Salon, bringing together artists, scientists and anthropologists during the 2010 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.