Senior Lecturer

352 Cohen Hall
Mon 2-3, Wed 9-10, and by appt; please email to get the zoom link or to set up an appointment outside these times



Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Arizona State University
B.A. University of Maryland

Andi specializes in the anthropology and history of science. Her research tracks the rise of exercise physiology in the U.S. from the 1920s and explores the transnational networks and practices through which sport science travels today. Andi enjoys teaching undergraduate courses on the history of health policy in the U.S. (especially insurance), the social basis of health and illness, and different ways of knowing in science and sport. Andi has graduate degrees in Anthropology and in the History and Sociology of Science.

Research Interests

the anthropology and history of exercise physiology
epistemologies of human sciences
lab-field relationships
postcolonial science and technology studies
the politics of the body


Selected Work

Johnson, A. (2020) “Manufacturing Invisibility in ‘the Field’: Distributed Ethics, Wearable Technology, and the Case of Exercise Physiology,” pp. 41-71 in J. Sterling and M. McDonald, eds., Sports, Society, and Technology: Bodies, Practices, and Knowledge Production, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Johnson, A. (2019) “The Historiography of Physiology,” in M. R. Dietrich, M.E. Borello, and O. Harman, eds., Handbook of the Historiography of Biology, Springer.

Morgan AU, Dupuis R, D'Alonzo B, Johnson A, Graves A, Brooks KL, McClintock A, Klusaritz H, Bogner H, Long JA, Grande D, Cannuscio CC. “Beyond Books: Public Libraries as Partners for Population Health,” Health Affairs, 2016; 35(11):2030-6. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0724.

Johnson, A. “’They Sweat for Science’: The Harvard Fatigue Laboratory and Self-Experimentation in American Exercise Physiology,” Journal of the History of Biology, 2015, 48(3): 425-454.

Johnson, A. “The Athlete as Model Organism: The Everyday Practice of the Science of Human Performance,” Social Studies of Science, 2013, 43(6): 878-904.

Johnson, A. “Measuring Fatigue: The Politics of Innovation and Standardization in a South African Lab,” Biosocieties, 2013, 8(2): 289-310.

Teaching Fields

Science and technology studies, history of medicine, cultural anthropology.

Courses Taught

American Health Policy

The Social Determinants of Health

Sport Science in the World

Sport Science, Medicine, & Technology

Technology & Medicine in Modern America

Health & Societies: Global Perspectives

Global Health

Disease and Society

Gender and Health

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