Mary Fraser Berndtsson

Doctoral Student


Main research areas

  • Sociology of embodiment and the body
  • STS/science and technology use in everyday life
  • The Quantified Self


Current research and teaching

The wearable lifestyle tracker was one of the 2014 Christmas “gifts of the year”. Nowadays, you can see devices from Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc. being worn all over town. Yet, what do these devices actually do? My dissertation project is an ethnographic investigation of how people use self-tracking and documenting technologies in their efforts to improve their lifestyles.  My teaching is mainly in social psychology and qualitative methods.