Tim Schütz


I’m a PhD researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. My research and teaching focus on ways data are mobilized for different purposes in different settings – across scientific fields, as evidence in legal cases, and as shared points of references in social movements, for example.

I study how data practices change, the infrastructures and ideologies that shape them, and the contexts in which data gains or loses analytic and political power. I both study and help build robust public knowledge infrastructure, working with advocacy organizations, museums, public libraries, and other creative data practitioners.

For my dissertation, I co-develop the Formosa Plastics Global Archive, a digital collection that supports a transnational network of people concerned about the operations of the Formosa Plastics Corporation, one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies. The material includes public coverage of Formosa Plastics, as well as documentation collected by activists over many years of work. I co-develop the archive with colleagues in the US, Taiwan and Vietnam.

I’m a member of the Design Group for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE) and edit a quarterly PECE community newsletter for which you can sign up here.

Email: tschuetz@uci.edu.