Mike Fortun


Associate Professor


My research has focused on the development of genomics, its data practices and cultures, and its political economy; most recently, my research has been part of a collaborative, multi-sited effort focused on the sciences of air pollution, its health effects, and environmental health governance in cities in the U.S. and India.  I am the author of Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation (University of California Press, 2008), and recently co-edited (with Jerome Crowder, Rachel Besara, and Lindsay Poirier) Anthropological Data in the Digital Age: New Research-New Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). I was co-editor (with Kim Fortun) of Cultural Anthropology from 2007-2010, installing the first digital infrastructure for the journal, both public-facing and submission/editorial management. I am a co-Chair of both the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group and the Empirical Humanities Metadata Working Group of the Research Data Alliance (rd-alliance.org).

Since 2012 I have been a leader of a collaborative effort to design, develop, use, and disseminate open source digital infrastructure that supports data management, data analysis, and data sharing for cultural anthropologists and disciplinary kin, the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE; https://pece-project.github.io/drupal-pece/).