Aaron Su

Anthropology Graduate Student

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

B.A. in Anthropology, Columbia University, 2019

Areas of Interest:

medical and environmental anthropology; feminist STS and history of science; design; critical ethnic and Indigenous studies; East Asia (Taiwan and China)

Field Research Plans/History:

Aaron is a PhD candidate in Anthropology with additional certificates in the History of Science & Gender and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation traces how experimental design movements—calling for the participation of elderly, rural, Indigenous, and otherwise marginalized communities in the making of new technologies—are transforming fields as far-flung as healthcare, environmental remediation, and Indigenous politics across Taiwan and China. His research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Association for Asian Studies/Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and the American Ethnological Society among others. Prior to his doctoral work, Aaron earned a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University, for which he conducted an ethnographic project in Shanghai.

Publications, Multimedia Projects:

Journal Article

2021. “The Picture as a Moving Image: Visual Politics in Contemporary China.” Visual Anthropology Review 37(1): 77-99.

Public Scholarship

2023. “Multispecies Anthropology.” American Anthropologist, Virtual Issue.

2023. “Shezidao (社子島) as a Limit Case for Democracy in Taiwan?  A Conversation with Jeffrey Hou.New Bloom Magazine.

2023. “The Limits of ‘Ecological Development’: Preserving Lifeworlds on Taipei’s Shezidao.” Taiwan Insight.

2023. “Cultures of Diversity and Inclusion: Anthropological Disruptions.” American Ethnologist website, Curated Collection.

2023. “Labors of g0v: Rethinking work from the perspective of data activists.” Taiwan Insight.

2022. “Pandemic Dwelling.” Visualizing the Virus, Curated Research Cluster, contributions by Alex Blanchette and Didier Fassin.

Membership/activities in graduate student events or organizations:

Co-Editor, Society for East Asian Anthropology column, Anthropology News

Contributing Editor, American Anthropologist

Editorial Intern, American Ethnological Society

Organizing Committee, North American Taiwan Studies Association Conference