Mark Robinson joined North Carolina State University in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Genetic Engineering and Society and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. As part of this cluster, his research goal is to map and analyze the complex interactions between innovations in genetic engineering and their attendant social implications. Robinson is also particularly interested in the growing impacts of high finance on innovations and developments in biotechnology and biomedicine. Robinson’s previous work included a cultural study of psychopharmaceuticalization as well as research on metaphor use among social neuroscientists. Robinson’s overarching interests surround the challenge of translating knowledge (and values) across domains. At NCSU, Robinson will focus on several issues including questions about the commercialization of innovations in genetic engineering. Robinson will also focus on cultural concepts of risk and how these impact work in genetic engineering.
Robinson’s primary training is at the convergence of medical anthropology and science and technology studies (STS). Prior to NCSU, Robinson was a visiting Fellow at Stanford University and at the Center for the Study of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at UC Berkeley and was a recipient of the dissertation research fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Robinson’s work has received recognition from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing, as well as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Robinson also received the Presidential Fellowship at Princeton University.