About Me

Dr. Mark Paterson
mark-photo-on-4-7-15-at-1-45-pm-3-croppedAssistant Professor of Sociology at the
University of Pittsburgh. Previously I was Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter (2007-2011), and Lecturer in Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England (2003-2006). My Ph.D. was in Human Geography from the University of Bristol. I have an MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Warwick, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Reading, UK.

Before academic life I’ve been an English teacher in both Zimbabwe and Japan, and worked for the non-profit organisation the Directory of Social Change in London.

Some career highlights: In 2006 I was on Research Leave, writing my book The Senses of Touch in Sydney, Australia, with a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). From 2008-2011 I had a GWR grant to look at human-robot interactions with OC Robotics, Bristol. My co-edited volume Touching Place, Spacing Touch was published for Ashgate with Martin Dodge in 2013. My book on blindness  Seeing With the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch After Descartes is out with Edinburgh University Press (2016). I am currently working on a book project about neurology and modernity entitled How We Became Sensory-Motor.

Where else can you find me? My Faculty page at University of Pittsburgh, on Academia.edu of course, and a profile on Amazon. If you want to look at data on my citations, see Google Scholar. You won’t find me on FaceBook or LinkedIn.