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Trevor Pinch

Goldwin Smith Professor of Science & Technology Studies and Sociology
PhD 1982, University of Bath
Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, Sociology of Technology, Sociology of Markets, Sociology of Music and Musical Instruments

(607) 255-3810

309 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7601


Professor Trevor Pinch’s main research centers on five areas: (1) the sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, (2) sound studies and music and in particular how sonic technologies and listening cultures develop, (3) understanding the role of materiality and agency in technology, (4) markets and the economy with specific attention to the study of selling, persuasion, and entrepreneurship. He also likes to carry out side projects, such as a recent study with Professor Richard Swedberg on Wittgenstein’s 1949 visit to Cornell.

He has just finished editing the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies and he is part of the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) team 2013-2016 researching “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Professor Pinch also broadcasts and webcasts a weekly radio show, “Webwatch,” out of Paris, hosted by Radio France International.  He is an advisor to the music technology start-up, “Thinkplay” and is also a performing musician with the Electric Golem  and the Atomic Forces.

Recent Courses

STS 3121/MUSIC 3432
SOC 6320/STS 6321

What is Science?
Sound Studies: An Introduction
Inside Technology

Selected Publications

The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (edited with Karin Bijsterveld). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“New Introduction to the Social Construction of Technological Systems,” (with Wiebe Bijker). Anniversary edition of The Social Construction of Technological Systems, edited by Wiebe Bijker, Thomas, P. Hughes and Trevor J. Pinch. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.

“Wittgenstein”s Visit to Ithaca in 1949: On the Importance of Details,” (with Richard Swedberg). Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 2012, 1-28.

“Book Reviewing for How Socio-technical Systems Struggle to Make Less From More,” in Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies, in Barbara Czarniawska and Orvar Löfgren (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

“Karen Barad, Quantum Mechanics, and the Paradox of Mutual Exclusivity,” essay review of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, by Karen Barad, Social Studies of Science, 41, 2011, 431-441.

“The Invisible Technologies of Goffman’s Sociology: From the Merry-Go-Round to the Internet,” Technology and Culture, 51, 2010, 409-424.

“On Making Infrastructure Visible: Putting the Nonhumans to Rights,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 34, 2010, 77-89.

Dr Golem: How To Think About Medicine (with Harry Collins), Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006; Chinese translation: Shanghai Scientific and Technological Education Publication House, 2007; Hungarian Translation: Scolar Kaido, 2008; Korean Translation, MINUMSA Publishing Group, 2010.