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Natasha Dow Schüll, Ph.D., M.A.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Documentary & Ethnographic Film
Area(s) of Expertise:
Technology and the Self, the Design and Use of Digital Media, Ethnography, Science and Technology Studies, Addiction, Social Study of Brain Science


Schüll graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology in 1993 and returned to receive her PhD in 2003. She held postdoctoral positions as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and as a fellow at NYU’s International Center for Advanced Studies. She joined MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society in 2007 and was awarded tenure in early 2015, before moving to NYU.

Schüll’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other sources. Schüll’s research and op-eds have been featured in such national media venues as 60 minutes, The New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Capital Gazette, Financial Times, Forbes, Boston Globe, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily Herald, Las Vegas Sun, 99% Invisible, NPR, WGBH, and WNYC.

Click HERE to view Dr. Schüll webpage.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Natasha Schüll's available publications in PubMed.


alt text   Schull, Natasha. Addiction by Design, Machine Gambling in Las Vegas. Princeton University Press, September 2012