Anto Mohsin

Assistant Professor in Residence, Liberal Arts Program
Email: anto.mohsin@northwestern.edu
Phone: +974 4454 5028
Office Location: 2-218

About

Anto Mohsin is assistant professor in residence in the liberal arts program at Northwestern University in Qatar. He’s also an affiliated faculty member of Northwestern University’s Science in Human Culture Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches introductory and upper level courses in Science and Technology Studies (STS), an interdisciplinary field examining science and technology critically in their broader sociopolitical contexts. Anto received his PhD in STS from Cornell University.

Prior to joining NU-Q, he held a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he taught courses on environment and development in Southeast Asia and an introduction to environmental studies. Anto has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from City College of New York and used to work for General Electric, where he and his colleagues applied for and obtained three United States patents. 

Anto’s teaching and research interests include environmental studies, energy studies (electricity especially), and disaster studies, examining topics in these areas using an STS perspective. He’s also a student of Southeast Asian Studies and has been trying to productively engage this field with STS. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia; East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal; Arcadia; and The Korean Journal for the History of Science. His review essays have been published in East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal; Technology and Culture; and Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies.

He’s currently working on his book manuscript on the sociopolitical history of electrification in post-independence Indonesia (1945-present). The manuscript, tentatively titled Electrifying Indonesia: Electricity, Nation-Building, and Development After World War II, examines the role electricity and electrification play in the making and maintenance of Indonesia’s nationhood and in the discourse, practices, and consequences of its national development project.

Courses Taught at NU-Q
  • Interdis 242 Topics in STS: Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • Interdis 242 Topics in STS: Science, Technology, and Society
  • Interdis 242 Topics in STS: Our Electrified World
  • Interdis 379 Special Topics in STS: Examining Disasters from an STS Perspective
  • Interdis 379 Special Topics in STS: Energy, Environment, and Society
Areas of Research
  • Social, historical, and anthropological studies of science and technology
  • Energy studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Disaster studies
  • Southeast Asian studies
Selected Publications
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2017). “The Sidoarjo Mudflow and the Muddiness of an Environmental Disaster." Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia Spring 2017, no. 5. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/node/7767
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2017, Spring) “Lighting ‘Paradise’: A Sociopolitical History of Electrification in Bali,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal. 11:9-34.
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2014, March). “Wiring the New Order: Indonesian Village Electrification and Patrimonial Technopolitics (1966-1998),” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 29(1): 63-95.
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2015, April). “Jakarta Under Water: The 2007 Flood and the Debate on Jakarta’s Future Water Infrastructure” Jurnal Wilayah dan Lingkungan, 3(1): 39-58.
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2016, July). Beyond Words review of W. Bernard Carlson’s Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World.  “Epic Audio-Visual History of Technology Course by a Historian of Innovation” in Technology and Culture 57(3): 657-660.
  • Mohsin, Anto. (2015) Book review of Sulfikar Amir’s The Technological State in Indonesia in East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal. 9:95–99.
Selected Awards
  • Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Experience Research Program Grant (19-155-5-030)
  • Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: 2013
  • American-Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant: 2013-2014