J.L. (Jess) Bier

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Jess Bier (1980) is an assistant professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Dr. Bier is a social theorist who engages with the social and political impacts of scientific and technical knowledge. Her first book, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine, analyzes how segregated landscapes have shaped digital cartography in Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1967.

The full text of Dr. Bier’s publications can be downloaded from www.jessbier.org/publications. Her work is situated at the confluence of Science and Technology Studies (STS), critical geography, and postcolonial theory.

Dr. Bier is the recipient of a 2018 EUR Fellowship for for her current project, "Data Streams and Cargo Flows: The Labor Consequences of the Datafication of Logistics" on the role of data in the automation of shipping in the Port of Rotterdam. In the past, her work has also been funded in part by the Dutch National Research School for Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC).

Dr. Bier's dissertation received the 2016 Maastricht University dissertation prize, awarded to the best dissertation submitted to the university during the previous two years, from among all disciplines except medicine and the life sciences. In 2013, a chapter of her dissertation received a prize from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

From 2013-16, Dr. Bier was a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC-Funded Monitoring Modernity research project headed by Willem Schinkel, where she analyzed the changing spatialities of efforts to monitor international financial flows during the ongoing financial crisis.

 

  • J.L. Bier (2017). Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
  • A. Harris, S. Wyatt, B. Van Heur & J.L. Bier (Ed.). (2013). Participatory Knowledge Production 2.0. 16(2): Information, Communication, and Society (journal special issue)
  • J.L. Bier (2019). Mapping the Archive for Arab American Women’s Labor in the New York Metropolitan Area. In S. Joseph (Ed.), Arab American Women. Syracuse, New York: Syracue University Press
  • J.L. Bier (2017). Quantification and Classification: The Politics of Counting and Sorting. In Harro van Lente, Tsjalling Swierstra, Sally Wyatt & Ragna Zeiss (Eds.), Wegwijs in STS: Knowing your Way in STS. Maastricht: Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS)
  • J.L. Bier (2015). Images as Maps. In M. Monmonier (Ed.), The History of Cartography, Volume Six: Cartography in the Twentieth Century (pp. 804-805). Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Address

Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T17-44
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

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Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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