jessica.polk [at] mcgill.ca · jbp243 [at] cornell.edu
Bio and Research Interests: Jess Polk received her PhD in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Her research stands at the intersection of science and technology studies, the sociology of medicine, and the information sciences. Specifically, Jess’ work focuses on: 1) online health data sharing platforms, as well as digital health and lifestyle tracking devices and mobile apps; 2) virtual research collaboration, health informatics and data collection and curation processes; 4) medical and lay (patient) expertise; 5) biomedical and clinical research practices; and 6) how corporate health and wellness programs conceptualize notions of employee health.
Jessica joined McGill University’s Department of Social Studies of Medicine as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Working with Dr. Alberto Cambrosio and Dr. Peter Keating, Jess is part of an international study on precision oncology supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Her current project is an ethnographic exploration of the social, organizational, and policy-driven implications of precision oncology, genomic-driven trials, data sharing practices and decision support infrastructures.
In addition to her academic training, Jess has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, epidemiology, and pediatric rehabilitation research.
Most Recent Publications:
Ribes, D. & Polk, JB. (2015). Organizing for Ontological Change: The Kernel of an AIDS Research Infrastructure. Social Studies of Science (SSS), 45(2): 214-241.
Ribes D. & Polk, JB. (2014). Flexibility relative to what? Change to Research Infrastructure. Special Issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS) on Innovation in Information Infrastructures 15: 287-305.
Ribes, D. & Polk, J. Historical Ontology & Infrastructure. In Proceedings of the 2012 iConference. iConference, Toronto, Feb 7-10 2012 (Accepted 7 November 2011).