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.

Antony Adler

Antony Adler is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His current research examines the history of physical oceanography and marine geo-engineering in the twentieth century, with particular focus on Gulf Stream current research. While at Harvard, Antony will work on a book project based on his dissertation, The Ocean Laboratory: Exploration, Fieldwork, and Science at Sea.

Les Beldo

Les Beldo is a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a visiting fellow at the STS Program for Spring 2016. His current research examines the implicit norms and values that are built into federal policies for fish and wildlife management in the United States, including the ways in which those assumptions are challenged and reproduced in contemporary environmental conflicts. He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, which tracked the substantial consequences of federal fisheries management oversight on the continued conflict over Makah indigenous whaling in the Pacific Northwest. 

Margarita Boenig-Liptsin

Margarita (Margo) Boenig-Liptsin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS). She is currently working 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.

Laurence Delina

Laurence Delina is a postdoctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and a Spring 2016 visiting fellow at the STS Program. His work explores the governance and institutional arrangements in the politics and policy of sustainability, with particular focus on sustainable energy transitions and climate mitigation. On these broad issues, he is interested on the scalar and temporal qualities of socioeconomic changes, sociotechnical transitions, energy policy, and nonviolent social movements. Laurence was an STS visiting fellow in Spring 2013 and returns to Harvard to continue his work on the climate action movement, and the future of energy in developing countries.

Samuel Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program for Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Research Associate at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, and a Research Affiliate at the Program on Emerging Technologies at MIT. Sam will be spending the year studying and engaging in ways to strengthen feedback loops between social scientists and the communities they study, focusing on security issues in biology, nuclear, and cybertechnologies. He will also be teaching a graduate course on science, technology, and security concerns in the Spring of 2016.

Ian Vincent McGonigle

Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Ian McGonigle, is a scientist and anthropologist working at the intersection of social studies of science, philosophical anthropology, and Middle Eastern studies. He is broadly interested in the ways culture and history affect how scientific knowledge is produced, understood, and utilized. He is currently developing a study of national science in contemporary Israel.

Nicolas Miailhe

Nicolas Miailhe is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is passionate about the transformative power of technology and the way it radically changes the way we live, work and socialize. Nicolas’ research focuses on the politics of post-humanism.

Zara Mirmalek

Zara Mirmalek is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her research focuses on cultural and historical studies of technology, science, and human-machine workgroups situated within contemporary organizational communities, in particular those that operate as public references for societal norms of science, exploration and technology innovation. Her interests include organization environments and lived-experiences of work-time relationships, culture and communication, and sociotechnical imaginaries of democracy, citizen identity, and public participation.

Jacob D. Moses

Jacob D. Moses is a Graduate Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program working on the National Science Foundation project, "Life in the Gray Zone: Governance of New Biology in Europe, South Korea, and the United States." Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science at Harvard University, where he specializes in issues of ethics, society, and governance concerning biomedicine and emerging biotechnologies, and is affiliated with the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. He is currently developing a comparative research project examining cultures of moral and affective responsibility within post-WWII biomedical practices and institutions.

Zoe Nyssa

Zoe Nyssa is an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and is hosted by Sheila Jasanoff in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School of Government. Zoe’s work tracks the emergence and contemporary practices of conservation biology in order evaluate their impact globally on human and non-human life. While at Harvard, she is comparing conservation-oriented programs in the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, and Germany to study the disciplinary re-organizations of conventional ecological science in different institutional contexts to support new biodiversity objectives.

Kellie Owens

Kellie Owens is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University. Her current research examines changing risk management philosophies and practices in medicine, with a focus on American obstetrics. While at Harvard, Kellie is working on a related article on the boundaries of responsible knowledge in medicine. The article uses the case of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring during labor and delivery to explore how medical providers are reacting to data suggesting that monitoring technology is not improving health outcomes and may be leading to unnecessary interventions.

Kyriaki Papageorgiou

Kyriaki Papageorgiou is a Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE in Barcelona, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for Spring 2016. Kyriaki is currently working on her EU-funded Marie Curie project entitled “Innovation in Action: Studying Innovation in Times of Crisis.” Her research looks at the prominence given to innovation as the key to tackling complex socioeconomic challenges, particularly at the European Union policy level. While at Harvard, Kyriaki will be working on two academic articles. The first presents the EU’s “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” (KICs) against the burgeoning management studies literature on hybrid organizations. The second paper reviews emergent innovation trends and explores the broader economic and cultural transformations that these might point to.

Charlotte Peevers

Charlie is a visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Technology Sydney.  Charlie’s research focuses on international legal ordering and disordering, including the use of force, management of disasters, and large-scale engineering projects.  Her work seeks to uncover discarded histories of international law, calling into question the progress narrative of the contemporary international legal order.  She has written on the politics of justifying the use of force, memorialization of the Great War, and the Cold War.

Benjamin Raimbault

Benjamin Raimbault is a doctoral candidate in STS at the University of Paris-Est Marne la Vallée and a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program. His current research focuses on the emerging technoscientific field through the case of Synthetic Biology with a particular interest on the mobilization of the notion of engineering biology. Benjamin is an agricultural engineer specialized in sociology of environment graduated from the school AgroParisTech in 2012. In 2013, he received a master in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, writing his dissertation on the emergence of synthetic biology through a scientometric approach.

Matthew Sample

Matthew Sample is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Washington and a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program. His current dissertation research focuses on recent experiments in socio-ethical engagement with scientists and engineers, exploring the tension between social constraints and individual moral responsibility within technoscientific contexts. This project aims formulate a notion of technoscientific accountability that can accommodate social, ethical, and epistemic perspectives.

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.

Hilton Simmet

Hilton Simmet is a Student Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Research Fellow at the STS Program at Harvard. While doing his Fulbright in Senegal for the 2015-2016 academic year, he will be looking at how varied imaginaries of development compete for time and value, and how local modes of world-making intersect with global concerns about sustainable development, migration, and progress.