Katherine Tyrol


Education & Training

B.S., Computer Science, University of Southern Maine (2010)
M.S., Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2014)
Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2018)


I am a mixed-methods, primarily qualitative researcher with a focus on healthcare and technology. I think healthcare comes up short in addressing the ways people fit health practices into their everyday lives, and I’m driven to improve that. 

My research interests include fat studies, biopolitics, language, identity formation, virtual environments, health and nutrition expertise, videogames, and the social institution of medicine.

Primary Research Focus
Sociology of Healthcare
Other Focus Areas

Virtual Environments, Games, Fat Studies


Office Hours

By appointment only for summer 2024

Current Courses

ITWS 1220 IT & Society
STSO 2520 Sociology

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