Amit Prasad

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location: Old Civil Engineering Building, 116
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Amit Prasad specializes in global, transnational, and postcolonial sociology and history of science, technology, and medicine. His research focuses on the history of the present – in particular, how history of colonialism continues to impact present day norms, values, and practices. His goal has been to excavate the complex and often contradictory entanglements of colonial tropes, ideologies, etc. with emergent knowledges and practices of science, technology, and medicine.

Prasad also explores the visual culture of medicine, in particular its shift with the emergence of technologies such as MRI, issues of priority and invention, and scientific misinformation (open access article on COVID misinformation; WABE interview). He has also published on biopolitics of overseas drug trials and medical transcription and engaged with the role of history of science in films (HSS podcast and essay on the movie Serious Men). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Institute of Indian Studies, among others and he has published in a number of journals, including Social Studies of Science, Science, Technology & Human Values, Theory, Culture, and Society, Cultural Geographies, Technology & Culture.

His first book, Imperial Technoscience: Entangled Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India (MIT Press, 2014), through a study of connected histories of MRI in the US, the UK, and India, investigated how the invention, industrial production, as well as cultures of MRI were entangled within colonial, West-centric, and Orientalist discourses. His second book, Science Studies Meets Colonialism (Polity, 2022), investigates how colonial tropes, norms, ideologies, etc. continue to animate the present, including in the fields of history of science and science and technology studies (STS). Drawing on an ethnographic study of a stem cell clinic, he is writing his third book that is tentatively titled Miracle or Science: Scientific Uncertainty, Contested Ethics, and Global Melange in a Stem Cell Laboratory.

He is an editor of the journal Science, Technology and Society (Sage).

He is also an avid collector of Indian art - medieval miniatures and modern and contemporary paintings and etchings. He is particularly interested in postcolonial cosmopolitanism of Indian art/artists (essay on Krishna Reddy).


       Areas of Expertise:

  • Sociology and History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Social Theory and Postcolonial Studies
  • Globalization and Transnational Transformations





Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Asia (South)
  • Europe - United Kingdom
  • United States


  • HTS-2100: Sci, Tech & Modern World
  • HTS-2813: Global Health
  • HTS-3055: Globalization Modern Era
  • HTS-4091: Seminar Global Issues
  • HTS-6124: Sci&Tech Beyond Borders
  • HTS-7001: Sociohistorical Analysis