Dr. Logan D. A. Williams (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology and the Lyman Briggs College.
Broadly defined, Dr. Williams’ research and teaching investigates the political economy of sustainable development with a topical focus on: innovation ‘from below’, knowledge and technology transfer, appropriate technology, entrepreneurship and civil society.
Dr. Williams is currently working on a book manuscript which aims to better understand ‘civil society research’, ‘technology appropriation’, and knowledge circulation. As a global ethnography of process(es), it describes exemplar NGOs in India, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal who are building the human, scientific, and technological infrastructure for high volume cataract surgery. They are producing and disseminating technoscience in order to address the big problem of avoidable blindness in a manner that is both economically viable and socially just. In addition to interviews and content analysis, this research involved participant and direct observation in the form of volunteer internships with various eye hospitals. It was funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, a Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Institutes Lemelson Center travel grant.
In her newest projects, she continues to examine technology choice among marginalized populations in the U.S. and in less economically developed countries (with a focus on low-income populations, underrepresented minorities and/or women). Dr. Williams has published in Minerva, Technology in Society and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.