Amit Prasad

Amit Prasad
Associate Professor
332 Middlebush
(573) 882-8218
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Featured Books: 
Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India

Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India


Ph.D., 2004, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research and Teaching: 

Amit Prasad teaches courses on sociological theories, globalization, and sociology of science, technology and medicine. His research focuses on the complex, contested, and yet, often, hidden role of transnational flows of knowledge, technological artifacts, and people in constituting subjects, in imagining geographies, and in laboratory practices. His first book, Imperial Technoscience: Entangled Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India (MIT Press, 2014), yokes together two important sociological concerns, namely empirical investigation of local cultures of sciences and unraveling of their hierarchical entanglements within national and transnational political economy and within Euro/West-centric discourses. The book, thus, excavates the mutually constitutive roles of temporally emergent and long enduring discourses and practices in science, technology and medicine. Prasad has also published on the shift in visual culture of medicine with the emergence of technologies such as MRI. Presently, drawing on an ethnographic study of a stem cell clinic, he is writing his second book that is tentatively titled Miracle or Science: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Therapy in a Clinic in India.

Awards and Honors: 

Jake O. & Irma B. Mathes Chair in Sociology, University of Missouri, Fall 2016.

American Institute for Indian Studies, Senior Research Fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2014-15.

Research Board, University of Missouri, “‘First World Healthcare at Third World Prices’: Medical Tourism in India”, 2012-13.

National Science Foundation, Scholar’s Award, Program in Science & Society, Grant # 0724474, “Scanning the Globe: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research and Development in the UK, India, and the US”, 2007-08.

National Institutes of Health, Office of History, John Pisano Travel Grant, 2007.

Select Publications: 

Amit Prasad. (2014) Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India (MIT Press). New Books in Sociology: Interview with Amit Prasad [ 37:23 ]

Amit Prasad & Aneesh Aneesh (eds.). Global Assemblages of Technoscience, Special Issue in Science, Technology & Society (Forthcoming 2017).

Amit Prasad (Forthcoming, 2017), “Biopolitical Excess: Techno-Social Assemblages of Stem Cell Research in India,” Science, Technology and Society.

Amit Prasad (2016), “Discursive Contextures of Science: Euro/West-centrism and Science and Technology Studies,” Engaging Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 2, p. 193-207.

Amit Prasad (2015)  “Ambivalent Journeys of Hope: Embryonic Stem Cell

Therapy in a Clinic in India,” Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 137-153.

Amit  Prasad & Srirupa Prasad (2012), “Imaginative Geography, Neoliberal Governmentality, and Colonial Distinctions: Docile and Dangerous Bodies in Medical Transcription Outsourcing,” Cultural Geographies, Vol. 19, No. 3, p. 348-363.

Amit Prasad (2009). “Capitalizing Disease: Biopolitics of Drug Trials in India,” Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 26, No.5, 2009, p. 1-29.

Amit Prasad (2005). “Scientific Culture in the “Other” Theatre of “Modern Science”: An Analysis of the Culture of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research in India,” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 463-489.

Amit Prasad (2005). “Making Images/Making Bodies: Visibilizing and Disciplining through Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Science, Technology and Human Values, Vol. 30, No. 2, p. 291-316.