David Ribes

Associate Professor

Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering


David Ribes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. He is a sociologist of science and technology who focuses on the development and sustainability of research infrastructures (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of interdisciplinary science); their relation to long-term changes in the conduct of science; and, epistemic transformations in objects of research.

David has a degree in Sociology, and is a regular contributor to the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). His methods are ethnographic, archival-historical and comparative.