Broadly stated, my current research involves an investigation into the impact of new technologies on practical aspects of the law. Thus, I am interested in broad questions like whether societal ideals and conceptions drive both the law and technology, or if technology drives the law and societal expectations, or if there is some other factor at play. While primarily an historical investigation, these questions have applicability to the contemporary world, e.g., to issues of Internet privacy, wiretapping, vaccination, contraception, and abortion.
Put differently, I am researching privacy from roughly 1800-1965, and particularly the impacts new technologies (like the telegraph or the contraceptive pill) had on conceptions of privacy. As part of this work, I look at legal history, especially in regards to federal/state power and the reception of English common law. I also bring in research on the use and perception of scientific and technological expertise and authority.
I also continue to pursue work on other issues, such as the role of technology transfer offices in an increasingly neoliberal university environment, the history of disability law, the limits of the First Amendment, and more.