Charles Thorpe

Charles Thorpe
University of California, San Diego
Department of Sociology, 0533
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

Phone: (858) 534-0492
Fax: (858) 534-4753

Areas of Specialization

  • Sociology of Science
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Social Theory


  • Thorpe, Charles Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect. University of Chicago Press. 2006.
  • Through a sociological biography of atomic physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, this book examines the transformation of the social and political role of American scientists during World War Two and the Cold War.

Journal Articles

  • "Participation as Post-Fordist Politics: Demos, New Labour, and Science Policy," Minerva 48(4) (2010): 389-411
  • (with Jane Gregory) “Producing the Post-Fordist Public: The Political Economy of Public Engagement with Science” Science as Culture 19(3) (September 2010): 273-301.
  • “Alienation as Death: Technology, Capital, and the Degradation of Everyday Life in Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine” Science as Culture 18 (3) (2009): 261-279.
  • “Community and the Market in Michael Polanyi’s Philosophy of Science,” Modern Intellectual History 6 (2009): 59-89.
  • “A Splintered Function: Fate, Faith and the Father of the Atomic Bomb,” Metascience 17 (2008): 351-387. Review symposium on Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect, with author response to reviews by Sheila Jasanoff, Michael Gordin, and Andrew Jewett.
  • Capitalism, Audit, and the Demise of the Humanistic Academy,” Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 15 (September 2008).
  • (with Ian Welsh) “Beyond Primitivism: Towards a Twenty-First Century Anarchist Theory and Praxis for Science and Technology,” Anarchist Studies 16 (1) (2008): 48-75.