Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn

Lecturer & Director of the Vasudha Living-Learning Community
Science and Technology Studies
Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn is an anthropologist of media, science and the environment. Using multi-sited ethnographic methods, his research examines, and participates in, the design of innovative media systems to address the communication and collaboration challenges of politically and scientifically complex environmental issues. Building on insights gleaned from his research on science communication at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (with a focus on the design of the EnviroAtlas and the Community Multiscale Air Quality model), he is currently contributing to a number of collaborative endeavors, including The Asthma Files, the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group within the Research Data Alliance, and the Multispecies Salon. Since the Fall of 2012, Dr. Costelloe-Kuehn has been teaching courses in the STS, Sustainability Studies, and Design, Innovation and Society programs at RPI. Courses include Century of Environmental Thought, Sustainability Problems and Solutions, Nature/Society, Product Design and Innovation Studio One, Sustainability Debates, Sustainability Education, Public Service Internship, Environment and Politics, Environment and Society, Sustainability Careers, Sustainability Research Design and Senior Projects. In The Asthma Files, an interdisciplinary ethnographic project, Brandon has focused on developing thePlatform for Collaborative and Experimental Ethnography (PECE) on which TAF operates, developing multi-media content for the website and curating research on the communication challenges around asthma and the sciences of air quality. Within the Research Data Alliance, and thanks to a fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation, he is working with the Interest Group in Digital Practices in History and Ethnography, conducting ethnographic research and mapping a wide variety of digital humanities projects. Dr. Costelloe-Kuehn has worked with Eben Kirksey and other colleagues in a "para-ethnographic swarm" that documented and analyzed a Multispecies Salon, bringing together artists, scientists and anthropologists during the 2010 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Brandon contributed to a chapter, "Life in the Age of Biotechnology" (digital supplement here) in theMultispecies Salon (2014) and designed and built the accompanying website. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vectors and a Fellowship in Digital Humanities at USC, Dr. Costelloe-Kuehn worked with Nick Shapiro to developing a platform using Geographic Information Systems to map the dispersal of formaldehyde-laden trailers originally deployed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The project has evolved into a Public Lab initiative replete with an online platform, a lending library a DIY formaldehyde test kit and a DIY remediation kit.   With skills gained through graduate coursework in the RPI Arts Department, Dr. Costelloe-Kuehn has worked and volunteered at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, in Troy NY, as a critical media literacy educator, video editor and teacher with the DIY Animation Workshop. He has also taught video editing and produced content for the Journal of Cultural Anthropology, the Multispecies Salon and Capital District Community Gardens. Dr. Costelloe-Kuehn's zeal for STS was first sparked in 2002 at Vassar College, where he received departmental honors for his undergraduate thesis analyzing the work of Natalie Jeremijenko, drawing out possibilities for art and technology to animate social and environmental justice.


PhD, Science and Technology Studies, RPI

MS, Science and Technology Studies, RPI 

BS, Science, Technology and Society, Vassar College