Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Sociology of Health and Medicine, Sociological Theory, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Cultural Sociology, Public Policy, Economic Sociology
Natalie B. Aviles is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. She specializes in Sociological Theory, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Cultural Sociology, Science and Innovation Policy, and Sociology of Health Care. Her research deploys historical-archival, qualitative interviewing, and computational methods to explore how federal laboratories in the U.S. National Cancer Institute have guided scientific and public policy innovation from the 1960s to the present day.
Dr. Aviles has authored theoretical work on sociological explanation and empirical work on the material and cultural dimensions of cancer research published in top Sociology and STS journals Sociological Methods & Research, Social Studies of Science, and Science, Technology, & Human Values. Her first book, An Ungovernable Foe: Scientific Innovation and Health Policy at the National Cancer Institute, is under contract with Columbia University Press.
Dr. Aviles received her Ph.D. in Sociology & Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Colby College and a Presidential Visiting Fellow at Yale University.