Des Fitzgerald

Lecturer in Sociology

University of Cardiff

I am a sociologist of science and medicine, with a particular interest in the history and present of the neurosciences. I am especially interested in neuroscientific and psychiatric research as it gets entangled in social and cultural life – a kind of hybridity and ambiguity that, for me, marks out important new conceptual and empirical terrain for sociology. To try to get at this hybridity, I am currently pursuing a wide programme of research that limns the intersections of the social, human, and biological sciences, and have active research interests in mental health and urban life; in the autism spectrum, as it has been conjured by the neurosciences; in the history and present of 'mind-wandering'; and in experimental, interdisciplinary approaches to social science.