Mary Ebeling is associate professor of sociology and global studies, director of Women’s and Gender Studies and I have an affiliation with the Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Culture, Communication and Media program in the Graduate School at Drexel University.
She is an ethnographic sociologist who researches the intersections of marketing, health, biomedical science and digital life. Her new book, Healthcare and Big Data: Digital Specters and Phantom Objects (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) is focused on data brokers, data mining, marketing surveillance, private health data, and algorithmic identities. Over the last several years, she has become particularly passionate about “digital ontologies” and how our bodies, and the data they produce, are transformed into digital objects that live “lives of their own” in the databased society.
Her work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the European Union (5th Framework Programme).