Phaedra Daipha
     Assistant Professor of Sociology

     Rutgers University

Phaedra Daipha received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a cultural sociologist studying the process of knowledge production in a variety of settings and through a variety of methods. More recently, she has been developing a program for a sociology of decision making. Her forthcoming book, Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and the Quest for Ground Truth (University of Chicago Press, 2015), draws on an ethnography of forecasting operations at the National Weather Service to put forward a theoretical framework for studying uncertainty management in action.

In her current major research project, Professor Daipha continues to pursue a sociology of decision making – this time through a comparative ethnography of cardiologists at work. Specifically, she is examining the process of medical diagnosis and prognosis in three distinct organizational settings: a non-profit teaching hospital, a public hospital, and a private hospital.

She has also written about the structure of American sociology, meteorological perception at work, the social organization of expert labor, the performance of expertise in the public domain, and the differential role of users in technology innovation. You can find selected links to her papers here.

Professor Daipha teaches courses in the sociology of science, the sociology of technology,  social theory, and ethnographic methods, and she is currently serving as Consulting Editor for  the American Journal of Sociology. You can download the latest version of her CV here.

   contact: pdaipha(at)