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Jameson Wetmore

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Jameson Wetmore’s work combines the fields of science and technology studies, ethics and public policy in order to better understand both the interconnected relationships between technology and society and the forces that change those relationships over time. His research spans a broad array of topics and time periods, but most of it comes back to a recurring question: How do people design and create technological systems, and, in turn, how do these technological systems help to define, reinforce and propagate specific values? For instance, Wetmore has studied how the Old Order Amish regulate the technologies they use in order to strengthen their communities. He has examined the complex systems in place in New Orleans to prevent disasters like Katrina. And he has explored the ways in which ideas of responsibility have shaped automobile safety in the United States. He is faculty in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. He is co-editor (with Deborah Johnson) of Technology & Society: Building Our Sociotechnical Future (MIT Press 2009).