Coleen Carrigan

Coleen Carrigan

Associate Professor


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About Coleen Carrigan

Coleen Carrigan

Dr. Coleen Carrigan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology & Society (STS) at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the Principal Investigator of a five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) AwardValuing the Social in Computing. Using ethnography, her research is focused on broadening participation, combatting inequities, and enhancing public engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Carrigan weaves together three threads of research to elucidate this vexing problem and sustainable solutions to it: action-oriented ethnography, feminist STS, and engineering education. She applies her research findings to create interventions that help foster welcoming environments for underrepresented groups in STEM and transform the powers of technology to advance social justice. Dr. Carrigan’s book, Cracking the Bro-Code, is forthcoming from MIT Press.

Dr. Carrigan’s work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and has been cited in USA TodayScienceThe Seattle TimesLA Times, and Inside Higher Ed.

For more information, please visit Professor Carrigan's Personal Website.

Courses Taught

  • ANT 201: Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 401: Culture and Health
  • ANT 460: Queer Anthropology
  • ANT/ISLA 393: Action Oriented Ethnography 
  • WGS/ES 350: Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
  • ISLA 456: Advanced Project-Based Learning in Science, Technology & Society

Selected Research

Click here for more information on current projects in The Carrigan Lab.

Click here to see Dr. Carrigan's Google Scholar Page 

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