Phaedra Daipha
     Assistant Professor of Sociology

     Rutgers University

I am a University of Chicago-trained sociologist (PhD 2007) studying the process of knowledge production in a variety of settings and through a variety of methods. More recently, I have been developing a program for a sociology of decision making that weaves together American pragmatist theory with science and technology studies, cultural sociology, organizational analysis, and cognitive psychology. My new 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.

My current book project, tentatively entitled How Doctors Make Decisions: The Role of Prognosis in Cardiology Practice, continues to pursue a sociology of decision making – this time through a comparative ethnography of cardiologists at work. Specifically, I am 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.

I have 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 links to some of my papers here.

I teach courses in the sociology of science, the sociology of technology,  social theory, and ethnographic methods, and I am currently serving as Consulting Editor for  the American Journal of Sociology. You can download the latest version of my CV here.

   contact: pdaipha(at)