Josh Berson

Extended CV (pdf)

Key roles

2018–19. USC Berggruen Fellow, Berggruen Institute, Los Angeles

2013–17. Visiting researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

2014–16. Research director, Remote Sensing of Mood. Hubbub (major collaborative research initiative), Wellcome Trust/Durham University, London

2013–14. Scientist-in-residence, LUST (design studio), The Hague

2012–13. Senior fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich

2010–12. Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

2008–9. Lecturer, Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania

Selected writing


2020. The Human Scaffold. Under review for the University of California Press.

2019. The Meat Question. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

2015. Computable Bodies. London: Bloomsbury. 2016 PROSE Award in Language and Linguistics

Essays and papers

Choudhury S, Berson J. 2020. Liminal brains in uncertain futures. Culture, Mind, and Brain, ed Kirmayer L et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2019. Artificial intelligence. International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, ed Stanlaw J et al. New York: Wiley.

Ellamil M, Berson J, Wong J, Buckley L, Margulies D. 2016. One in the dance. PLOS ONE 11: e0164783.

2016. Sound and pain. Technosphere.

2014. The dialectal tribe and the doctrine of continuity. Comparative Studies in Society and History 56: 381–418.


2009. PhD, History and Sociology of Science (jointly supervised in Anthropology), University of Pennsylvania

1998–9. Postgraduate researcher, Oxford University Computing Lab

1997. AB magna, Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University