fish-allison-2015-08About Professor Fish

Assistant Professor
School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Three questions that have directed much of my recent work are: What are the cultural logics, legal forms, and technological infrastructures that guide information management practices? How are law and technology used to mediate access? How is accessibility being framed as a fundamental human right and critical pathway to social enfranchisement? At this time I am completing publication projects and conducting follow up research on two ethnographic projects. What ties both of these projects together is my commitment to understanding how people go about sharing socially-charged information/knowledge with one another.

My primary research explores recent developments surrounding one key mechanism impacting access to knowledge and cultural heritage – intellectual property rights (IPRs). The project addresses the globalization and commodification of South Asian traditional medical/spiritual systems conjoined in yoga and the ramifications this has for local and international markets and legal systems. Fieldwork for this project took place over 24 months and is focused in India, but includes segments in California, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.

A secondary project examines the use of technology to deliver specialty care to Latino and African-American Type II diabetic patients living in South Central Los Angeles. Specifically, this research is a pragmatic and critical multi-disciplinary collaboration geared towards understanding if and how teleretinal screening cameras can be used to facilitate health information communication between ophthalmological specialists, general practitioners, and patients.


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology at University of California, Irvine, 2010
  • JD/MPA in Law and Public Administration at University of Arizona, 2003
  • B.A. in Anthropology at University of Arizona, 1999

Research Areas

Cultural Anthropology, Science & Technology Studies, Law & Society, Technology & Law, Intellectual Property, Yoga, Health & Medicine, Transportation Logistics, India, US-Mexico Border, North America

Courses Taught

  • I202: Introduction to Social Informatics
What was one of the most engaging conferences you attended?

Con/Texts of Invention

What associations do you belong to? What conferences do you attend?
What methods do you favor in your work?

Ethnographic and legal research