Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard|
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.
Erik Aarden is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program. During his stay with the Harvard STS Program he will be working on the research project ‘Negotiating local and global requirements in biomedical research: the case of biobanking’. In this project he will study the use of biobanks as global infrastructures for research in genomics in relation to their localized configuration in particular places around the globe. Themes of particular interest are both global and local (ethical) governance of biobanks, interactions between global standardization and local operability and considerations underlying donor recruitment and object of study.
Sonja M. Amadae is a Research Fellow in the Program on Science and Technology and Society at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is working with Professor Sheila Jasanoff on studying comparative rationalities and rationales in public policy from the US to Europe. A central question is to understand how and why some forms of argumentation are more persuasive in varying national contexts. She is also exploring the contested politics of counting, from ballots and tax dollars, to war casualties.
Adam Bly is a Visiting Senior Fellow with the STS Program. With a unifying mission of modernizing science’s place in society, he created Seed, ScienceBlogs, and Visualizing. He is currently CEO of Seed Scientific, a global consultancy working to advance scientific thinking and data-driven decision-making in the commercial, public, and social sectors. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He has lectured widely on the role of science in modern society, including at the: World Economic Forum in Davos, Royal Society, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, STS Forum, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, National Academies of Science, National Science Board, U.S Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, NIH, NASA, and Museum of Modern Art, as well as at universities including Harvard, MIT, and Peking.
Maud Borie is a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2013. Maud is currently a PhD student with the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in England, where she is adopting a STS approach to study the politics of global environmental assessments (GEAs). Maud is designing her research project around different case studies in order to reveal the kinds of knowledges and the framings that are being adopted in these global settings to tackle the “biodiversity crisis”.
Aurelien Bouayad is a Fall 2013 Visiting Fellow with the STS Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at Sciences Po Paris Law School. His dissertation examines the processes involved in the translation of cultural diversity in adjudication. He focuses in particular on the role of cultural expertise in high-profile environmental disputes, which involve minority practices toward the environment that are said to contravene environmental regulations. Aurelien received a M.A. in Law from Sciences Po Paris and a M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from EHESS in Paris. In Spring 2014, he will be a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at SOAS in London.
Joakim Juhl is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS). His current research centers on how we can better interpret the roles of models and simulations as a characteristic mode of mediation between science, technology and society. Joakim works for Sheila Jasanoff and the STS program and assists Venky Narayanamurti with his course Technology and Society.
Irem Kok is a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is a doctoral candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Her doctoral project explores issues of corporate transparency and science-policy relationship in environmental regulation of the shale gas industry in the U.S. and U.K. Comparing two countries’ experiences with the unconventional gas development, she examines practice(s) of corporate transparency and scientific disclosure in different political cultures and the influence of industry projects upon national regulatory frameworks.
Luca Marelli is a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is a PhD student at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM) and University of Milan and a member of the research unit on Science and Technology Studies, headed by Giuseppe Testa, in the doctoral program on Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences (Folsatec) at the European Institute of Oncology (http://www.semm.it/research-general-introduction-folsatec.php#unit3). His project aims at dissecting the epistemological and biopolitical reconfigurations of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research field.
Ian Vincent McGonigle is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Science, Technology and Society for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is supported by a Fellowship administered by the Social Sciences Division of the University of Chicago, where he has been a graduate student of Anthropology since 2011. His research can be roughly situated in the Anthropology of Science, focusing on the biopolitical side of personal genomics, investigating the ways that ‘reading the genome’ can be seen to tie together predictive medicine, racial science, and political affiliations, such as nation states and ethnic communities.
Zara Mirmalek is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research project, with Sheila Jasanoff, is a cultural study among communities of scientists working with remote presence technologies for environmental knowledge production and navigating themes of access, innovation, and intercultural communication. The project is funded by a National Science Foundation INSPIRE grant and includes interdisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborators.
Sebastian is a post-doctoral researcher on science, innovation, and higher education policy based at the MIT Technology & Policy Program and the MIT Portugal Program, and a fellow at the Harvard Program Science, Technology and Society. His research interests revolve around strategies for capacity building in innovation and higher education, international university collaborations, the interrelation of innovation and education, the governance of complex socio-technical systems, and the physics of lasers and plasmas. In particular, he is interested in the role of complex international innovation partnerships as instruments for economic and societal development, and the global circulation of innovation models and best practices, for example in the case of MIT's international collaborations. He also enjoys teaching graduate level classes in science and technology policy at MIT.
Daniela Schuh is a Predoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her research interests concern national approaches of governing biotechnologies in Europe. While at the STS Program, Daniela is working on a Faraday Institute funded project entitled “Biology and the Law” in which she compares interactions between biology and the law around stem cell research and synthetic biology in Germany and Britain.