Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Ian McGonigle

Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Phone: +65 65141722
Office: HSS 05 35B
Asst Prof Ian McGonigle

Ian is a scholar of Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society (STS). He is broadly interested in the relationships between science, technology and identity. He specializes in contemporary Middle Eastern societies, with a focus on genetic technologies and national development.

His 2015 co-authored article ‘Genetic Citizenship,’ which discusses the relationship between genetic definitions of Jewishness and Israel’s Law of Return, was the most read and highest impact article in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences.

His more recent research focusses on the relationships between human genome projects and ethnic identity in Asia. He is also working on a cultural study of wine production in the West Bank area of Israel/Palestine, where wine science is entangled with a historical imagination of indigeneity that naturalizes Jewish presence on this highly contested territory. Ian’s research and teaching will continue to focus on Israel and the Middle East region and will include research on artificial intelligence, precision medicine, and national identity.

Ian came to NTU in 2018 with a Nanyang Assistant Professor start-up grant of SG$1M to launch a science and society research group. In 2015, he was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the Israel Institute, which he used to spend a year as a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. He has also been an affiliate of Harvard’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society, since 2013.

Ian has Ph.D.s in Biochemistry (Cambridge 2010) and Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology (Harvard 2018). He also has a B.A. in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin (2007) and masters degrees in Cultural- and Social Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2013) and Harvard University (2015).
Research Interests
Ethnopharmacology; Middle Eastern Societies; Philosophical Anthropology; Science, Technology, & Society

Ian is happy to hear from students and postdocs interested in developing research projects in Anthropology and STS
Current Projects
  • The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Nation Building in the 21st Century

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