Lyle Fearnley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUTD. Trained as an anthropologist of science and medicine, Fearnley received a Joint Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. His fieldwork-based research explores the assemblages of science and rural life in contemporary China, where agricultural modernization projects are giving rise to new environmental and health risks. His book project — The Influenza Epicenter: Rural China and Animal Disease in an Age of Emerging Pandemics —analyzes the encounters of global health and China’s livestock farms during the avian influenza crisis. Currently, he is developing a new project on the contested futures of rice breeding and genetics in China. The project analyzes the intersections of Chinese rice genome research, food safety movements, and the human-environment configurations of wet-rice paddy agriculture.
- Science, Reason, Modernity: Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary. Edited with Anthony Stavrianakis and Gaymon Bennett (New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming May 2015).
Peer Reviewed Articles
- “Wild Goose Chase: The Displacement of Influenza Research in the Fields of Poyang Lake, China.” Cultural Anthropology 30(1), February 2015.
- “Epidemic Intelligence: Langmuir and the Birth of Disease Surveillance.”
Behemoth 3, January 2010: 37-56.
- “Signals Come and Go: Syndromic Surveillance and Styles of Biosecurity.”
Environment and Planning A 40(7), 2008: 1615-1632.
- “Redesigning Syndromic Surveillance for Biosecurity.” In Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff, eds., Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).
- “The Disease that Emerged: Ebola and the Global Inequalities of Preparedness.”
Limn 5, Ebola’s Ecologies, January 2015.
- “The Birds of Poyang Lake.” Limn 3, May 2013: 32-35.
- “Pathogens and the Strategy of Preparedness” ARC Working Paper, No. 3, 2005. Published online at: www.anthropos-lab.net
- “From Chaos to Controlled Disorder: Syndromic Surveillance, Bioweapons, and the Pathological Future” ARC Working Paper, No. 5, 2005. Published online at: www.anthropos-lab.net