Ann Johnson, Cornell University

Associate Professor Ithaca, New York aj532@cornell.edu

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Professor Ann Johnson does qualitative research on engineers and engineering, focusing particularly on the way engineers produce and circulate new knowledge and the role of specialized communities in the dissemination of knowledge. Her first book, Hitting the Brakes (Duke University Press, 2009),...

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Bio/Research

Professor Ann Johnson does qualitative research on engineers and engineering, focusing particularly on the way engineers produce and circulate new knowledge and the role of specialized communities in the dissemination of knowledge. Her first book, Hitting the Brakes (Duke University Press, 2009), is a study of knowledge production and community formation in the design of antilock braking systems for passenger automobiles. In it, she argues that small problem-centered engineering communities are essential to knowledge production, even in industrial settings where engineers are employed by business competitors.

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