School of Social and Political Science

Carolina Mayes

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Research Fellow

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Chisholm House

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High School Yards

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Research interests

Research interests

I am a Research Fellow on Lukas Engelmann's ERC-funded project 'The Epidemiological Revolution. A History of Epidemiological Reasoning in the Twentieth Century.'

(ERC Starting Grant, January 2021 - December 2025)

Project Website: The Epidemy / Twitter: EpidemyERC


I completed my PhD at the University of California, San Diego, in Sociology and Science Studies. I am broadly interested in the ways that scientific expertise is differentiated from other forms of knowledge, and how scientific and technological innovations interact with other forms of social life. I am more particularly interested in the development, introduction, and circulation of new medical and healthcare technologies, particularly those utilizing big data and genomics. My doctoral research concerned the history of genetic epidemiology and its contemporary translations in personalized or precision health research, using case studies of the MyCode initiative at Geisinger Health in Pennsylvania, and the US National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program. 

While completing my graduate studies, I participated in the Biomedical Citizen Science Working Group, which was funded by a UCSD Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratory Award. My open access publications resulting from this work can be found here and here.

Prior to beginning my PhD, I also contributed to the Science and Islam Video Portal at Hampshire College.

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Mayes EC. Citizen science in news media: Boundary mediation of public participation in health expertise. Science Technology and Human Values. 2023 Jan 9. Epub 2023 Jan 9. doi: 10.1177/01622439221112458
Mayes EC. Citizen science and scientific authority: Have you checked the boundary work? Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. 2022 Dec 15;7(1):1-9. 42. doi: 10.5334/cstp.519
Gardner V, Mayes EC, Hameed S. Preaching science and Islam: Dr. Zakir Naik and discourses of science and islam in internet videos. Welt des Islams. 2018 Aug 28;58(3):357-391. doi: 10.1163/15700607-00583P04