Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Current Fellows

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard sponsors a small number of stipendary and non-stipendary fellowships each year at the Kennedy School of Government who conduct research and receive advanced training in Science and Technology Studies. For more information on the Fellows Program, click here. For information on past fellows, see the links on the left. Below are a list of the current fellows with the program and a brief description of their backgrounds and interests, with links to more detailed pages containing more detailed information.

Margarita Boenig-Liptsin

Margarita (Margo) Boenig-Liptsin is a Research Associate at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS). She continuing the work she began as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016) with Sheila Jasanoff on a National Science Foundation funded project, "Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation: The Practice Turn and Its Transnational Implementation."  The project examines how three models of innovation have become go-to answers for socioeconomic challenges confronting 21st century nations.

Anna Bridel

Anna is a PhD candidate in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS). Her research interests lie in investigating the politics of expertise, particularly in relation to climate change policy. Her PhD project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) analyses how epistemic authority about climate change-related risks is achieved in developing country contexts. In doing so she hopes to contribute to environmental governance by examining how to make climate change policy more inclusive and effective. While at Harvard, Anna will research the ways in which the persuasiveness of environmental expertise is affected by the context of its endorsement in society.

Tito Carvalho

Tito Carvalho is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Born and raised in Brazil (Salvador, Bahia), he has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in biology from Arizona State University. His research addresses questions of population genetics, race, and democracy. 

Michael Aaron Dennis

Michael Aaron Dennis is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College and a Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. His current work focuses on the integration of science and technology into US grand strategy. During his time at Harvard, he will also be contributing to the National Science Foundation project, “Traveling Imaginaries: A Comparative Study of Three Models of Innovation in Their Transnational Implementation.” 

Samuel Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program for Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Research Affiliate at the Program on Emerging Technologies at MIT. Sam will be spending the year writing his book on the construction and governance of security concerns in emerging technology, and continuing engagement work with the synthetic biology community, particularly in relation to work being done on gene drive systems and proposals for their development and use.

Susanne Freidberg

Susanne Freidberg is Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program.  Her research centers on the politics, technoscientific practices and social relationships that shape food supply chains. Her current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines major food companies’ use of science and technology in their efforts to assess and improve the sustainability of raw material supplies.

Alissa Haddaji

Alissa J. Haddaji is a Visiting Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School STS program, PhD Candidate in Political Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), PhD Candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University (USA) and LLM candidate in Air and Space Law at Leiden Law School (Netherlands). A Masters graduate in History/International Relations, Political Science, STS, and Earth Science from La Sorbonne, Brown and Bordeaux University, Alissa joined the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) in 2012. She holds the position of Planetary Protection Project Officer. Her research investigates decision making processes of International Space Risk Management (Planetary Protection, Planetary Defense and Space Debris Reentry) using ethnography, with a focus on the relations between Space Science and Space Law. 

Ido Hartogsohn

Ido Hartogsohn is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His current project is an extension of his doctoral research, which examined the ways in which the sociocultural landscape of mid-twentieth century America shaped the reception of psychedelics into American drug research and culture. By presenting several examples of non-pharmacological shaping of drug effects and contrasting these with select cases from the emerging discourse around media addiction and avoidance, Ido's current research aims at a new understanding of the ways in which imaginaries shape the ethics, use and abuse of psychoactive drugs and digital media.

Kamilla Karhunmaa

Kamilla Karhunmaa is a visiting Fulbright fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a PhD candidate at Helsinki University in environmental policy and science and technology studies. Her PhD research examines the relationships between change and stability in energy policy, and the ways in which energy transitions are debated and negotiated in Finland. While at Harvard, Kamilla will focus on how sociotechnical imaginaries influence national and local level energy policies, and how different societal groups navigate the science-policy gap in energy policy.

Christopher Lawrence

Chris Lawrence is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is generally interested in questions of knowledge as they pertain to arms control and disarmament. While at Harvard, he will examine the making of open-source nuclear intelligence, and the role it plays in the framing of public narratives about weapons of mass destruction.

Gregg Macey

Gregg Macey is Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental law, environmental justice, and property. His research interests include environmental regulation, energy law, organizations, and disaster theory and emergency response. As a Visiting Research Fellow with Harvard's STS Program, he will explore scientific controversies in energy law, including risks across the unconventional oil and gas development lifecycle and the use of civil society research to counter them. In 2017, he also will serve as Visiting Professor at MIT.

Alex Mankoo

Alex Mankoo is a Visiting Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD candidate in the Science and Technology Studies Department at University College London. Alex’s research interests lie in understanding and analysing the trajectories of chemical and biological weapons, and their related imaginaries of security. His PhD research project focuses on the case of teargas in mid 20th-century Britain, and the types of legitimacy it gained in this period.

Jens Marquardt

Jens Marquardt is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard STS Program, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and associated with the Environmental Policy Research Centre in Berlin. While at Harvard, Jens will investigate the links between power, governance structures and complex socio-technical change in order to facilitate environmental policy implementation within complex governance arrangements.

Nicolas Miailhe

Nicolas Miailhe is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His work centers on the governance of, and through, emerging technosciences. Nicolas also specialize in urban innovation and civic technologies. He has ten years of professional experience in emerging markets such as India, working at the nexus of innovation, high technology, government, industry and civil society.

Zara Mirmalek

Zara Mirmalek is a Senior Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her research focuses on work culture, professional identity, and human-machine relationships in work environments where people work with remote presence tools (e.g., robots and digital media). Her ethnographic research includes fieldwork among workgroups using remote presence on Mars (NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers mission), in the deep-ocean (submarine volcanoes in the Caribbean), and Mars analogs in U.S. National Parks (NASA’s BASALT project).

Buhm Soon Park

Buhm Soon Park is Professor of History of Science and Policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program. His research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and governance from historical and comparative perspective. He currently works on the imaginaries of biomedicine in the U.S., focusing on the history of the NIH, and examines the debates over new and emerging technologies like synthetic biology and genome editing in East Asia.

Kyoko Sato

Kyoko Sato is Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University and Senior Researcher on the Harvard STS Program's project, “The Fukushima Disaster and the Cultural Politics of Nuclear Power in the United States and Japan(2013-2016). The project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with Sheila Jasanoff as the Principal Investigator, and explores how postwar nuclear governance evolved in Japan and the United States, as well as the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Stefan Schäfer

Stefan Schäfer is a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also leads a research group at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, and is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. His research examines how a wide array of stakeholders, agendas, and bodies of knowledge shape the ongoing development of climate engineering as a set of imaginaries, discourses and policy options.

Kasper Hedegaard Schiølin

Kasper Hedegaard Schiølin is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government funded by The Carlsberg Foundation. While at Harvard, Kasper will lay the foundation for a fresh project about perfection and technology. His hypothesis is that new technologies are accompanied by socio-technical imaginaries of human perfection, both at a societal and at an existential level. To substantiate this, the project will study the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, a notion recently coined by the World Economic Forum at their 2016 annual meeting in Davos, as an epochal designation of the present.

Hilton Simmet

Hilton Simmet is a Research Associate in the STS Program at Harvard and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College and was a Fulbright fellow in Senegal.Hilton has been working in the STS program for some time, with his undergraduate thesis, "Dreaming the Dark Mountain: Time, Development, and Economy in Senegal's Ecovillages," receiving the STS Undergraduate Prize in 2015. In addition to his doctoral work in political theory at Yale, he is conducting research on the National Science Foundation project “Traveling Imaginaries: A Comparative Study of Three Models of Innovation in Transnational Implementation” in Bangalore.

Gili Vidan

Gili Vidan is a Fellow at the Harvard STS Program and a PhD student at the Harvard History of Science Department. Her work is broadly concerned with questions of governance at the intersection of digital information technologies, law, and politics. Gili’s dissertation traces technical attempts to solve the problems of trust and transparency, especially through the development of electronic payment systems and public key cryptography in late 20th- and early 21st-century U.S.