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

Tuesdays 4:15 - 5:00
Fridays 4:15 - 5:30

Current Courses

INQR 1963 AI and Computing: Past, Present, Future
GSAS 2520 Introduction to Game Storytelling
STSO 4962 Local History

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