Itai Vardi

Itai Vardi

Itai Vardi

Adjunct Professor

Sociology 248E |

Curriculum Vitae


Itai Vardi received his BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Tel Aviv University (2000), MA in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2005), and completed his Ph.D. from the BU Department of Sociology in September 2012.  Itai is currently studying collaboration in the Chemical Sciences as part of an NSF-funded research conducted with Prof. Laurel Smith-Doerr.

Itai’s main research and teaching areas are science, technology & society, environmental sociology, social problems, and intro and methods courses.
He is currently working on a book-length project that examines the historical discourse on traffic accidents in the United States. Other projects include the production of collaborative knowledge in science, and new theoretical directions in the sociology of quantification.

Some of his recent publications include:

Peer-reviewed articles:

Laurel Smith-Doerr & Itai Vardi (forthcoming). “Mind the Gap: Ethics Policies vs. Everyday Practices in the Chemical Sciences.” Science, Technology & Human Values.

2014. “Quantifying Accidents: Cars, Statistics, and Unintended Consequences in the Construction of Social Problems.” Qualitative Sociology 37(3): 345-367.

2011. “Auto Thrill Shows and Destruction Derbies, 1922-1965:
Establishing the Cultural Logic of the Deliberate Car Crash in America.” Journal of Social History 45(1): 20-46.

2010. “Feeding Race: Eating Contests, The Black Body, and the Social Production of Group Boundaries through Amusement in Turn of the 20th Century America.” Food, Culture and Society 13(3): 372-396.


2010. Driving Forces: The Trans-Israel Highway and the Privatization of National Infrastructure in Israel. Jerusalem: The Van Leer Institute. (with Dan Rabinowitz; in Hebrew)

Book Reviews

2010. “Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis,” by Karen Beckman. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010. Technology and Culture 52(3): 656-657.