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Isaac Record


about me

I am a teaching professor at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, where I am Founding Director of the Collaborative Experiential Learning Laboratory (CELL). I teach courses in philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and critical making. My research seeks to situate our epistemic and ethical circumstances within a network of values, capabilities, and material and social technologies. I hold a PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a book project about knowledge on the internet, in collaboration with Boaz Miller of Zefat Academic College, Israel. We are very pleased to have won a spot in the 2023 Ann Johnson Institute for STS Book Manuscript Workshop.

We are also working on a paper on deepfakes, and have a paper under review about the norms of posting (mis)information online. See my research page for more!

Current and Upcoming Teaching

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