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Maria del Rocio Fonseca Sasian

Maria del Rocio Fonseca Sasian
research assistant

Phone number
(030) 2093 65883
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Rocío Fonseca studied Sociology (B.A.) at the Universidad Autónoma de México and Science Studies (M.A.) at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her bachelor's thesis is devoted to the role that simbolic recognition and evaluation play in Bourdieu's theory of practice, contrasting it with Luc Boltanski's and Áxel Honneth's critique of Bourdieu's theorethical framework. Her master's thesis is empirical, and examines the organization that enables the evaluation of scholarly work during the journal peer review process, with particular emphasis on the role of scholarly editors play in this evaluation situation. Since December 2020, she is a researcher in the project: Automated misconduct detection: Uses and effects of digital tools for investigating research misconduct (AUTO).


Research Interests

  • Sociology of Valuation and Evaluation
  • Organisation Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Expectations


Research Projects




  • Fonseca, R. (2022, July). “Thinking of Tools Powered by Algorithms and their Interfaces as Artifacts for the creation of Partial Organization”. Talk at the EASST conference 2022 | Politics of technoscientific futures, Madrid.
  • Fonseca, R. (2022, December) “Automating Expert Assessments of Scientific Publications”, in dem Panel: “The Algorithmic Translation of Expertise: Machine Learning and Expert Practices I: Areas and Cases”. Talk at the 4S/ESOCITE 2022 Conference: “Knowledges and Technosciences for Living Together”.


University Courses

SoSe 2022
530211 SE Qualitative Research Design: How to ask qualitative research questions with Lise Moawad