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.

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

Email: tschuetz@uci.edu.