Hello? – ello – ello – lo… Wow, this is a big sandbox. Can I come play?
My name is Alice. As in Wonderland. I’m a newbie faculty member in the super-cool School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. I’ve also been blogging 2 months shy of 2 years, but pseudonymously – that’s the first time I’ve publicly blogged my name and job. It’s true, blogging under your own name does sort of make you feel like you’re naked in a crowd. At least, until I get used to it.
I’m an engineer. But a comparatively weird engineer: a feminist, radical, social justice-y engineer. In my research, I combine theoretical frameworks from women’s studies, sociology, science and technology studies to apply to the study of engineering and engineering education – I like to think of my work as feminist engineering research. I look at how we define engineering, how we develop identities as engineers, and who gets to count as “we.” For starters. I’m looking forward to talking more about my work on this blog, something I couldn’t do easily under my pseudonym.
I’m also a local foodie, and a granola-y vegetarian cook and gardener trying to make a smaller carbon footprint. I’m a Mac person, a hiker and camper, a not-very-good sailor, and a not-very-good-but-at-least-in-tune singer. Oh yeah, and a photographer. I’ll share snippets of this stuff amidst the “I’m trying to work out how to be a good faculty member and not compromise my feminist ideals” posts.
I’ve been… I’ll say, pretty involved in the “women in science” blogs – I’m a Zuska fan, an FSP fan, and of course a ScienceWoman fan, and I was just so thrilled when she asked if I would like to co-blog with her.
While I don’t have Zuska’s skill at ranting, my anger at the persisting sexism, racism and classism in engineering is similarly scalding. So I’ll just leave my first post with a few words from the inimitable Peggy Seeger: “But I’ll fight them as a woman, not a lady / I’ll fight them as an engineer.”
See you ’round the sandbox!