Cathryn Carson is a historian and ethnographer of contemporary science and technology. Before getting her PhD in history, she was trained in computational condensed matter physics. As Associate Dean of Social Sciences, she built D-Lab, which opened in 2013 and serves social scientists (and others) across campus doing data-intensive research. Her historical research is on Heidegger and science, including theoretical physics and conceptions of data and on risk and simulations in nuclear waste management. She leads the ethnography research group at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.