Joseph Waggle

Doctoral Candidate

Joe McCartney Waggle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and a research fellow for the Climate Constituencies Project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Program for Society and the Environment (PSE). His primary interests are in the sociology of knowledge, environmental sociology, and science and technology studies (STS).

Joe's recent work engages social network analysis (SNA) techniques to interrogate the role of scientific consensus in policy making, as well as the shifting role of scientific expertise in political debate. His dissertation critically analyzes the ways in which different political actors engage science and scientists in pursuit of their own political agendas in both the climate and energy policy arenas in the United States. He is active on Twitter (@JoeWaggle), contributes to Cyborgology, and writes for the PSE Blog on issues related to science, technology, and the environment.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received Departmental Honors and the Departmental Citation in Sociology for "outstanding accomplishments and excellence in the work of the department." He earned his Master of Arts in the social sciences with a concentration in sociology from the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the Earl S. and Esther Johnson Prize for a thesis that "best combines high scholarly achievement with concern for humanistic aspirations and the practical applications of the social sciences."

Areas of Interest:
  • Social Theory
  • Science, Knowledge, and Technology
  • Environment
  • Science Policy
Degrees
  • MA Social Sciences - University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • BA Sociology - University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
  • Joseph Joe Waggle UMD Sociology PSE Doctoral Candidate
3114 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Email: jwaggle@umd.edu