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.

Erik Aarden

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.

S.M. Amadae

Sonja M. Amadae is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science and Technology and Society. 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.

Alessandro Blasimme

Alessandro Blasimme was a Spring 2014 Fulbright – Schuman Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard STS Program. During his stay, he conducted comparative research on the regulatory controversies surrounding the offer of unproven stem cell therapies in the US and in Europe. A native Italian, Alessandro is based in Toulouse (France) where he works as a postdoctoral research fellow for INSERM, the French national institute for health and medical research where he focuses on innovation in biomedicine and on its ethical, regulatory and political consequences. He is particularly interested in the evolution of evidentiary standards of risk assessment and clinical validation with respect to highly promissory instances of biomedical innovation, such as regenerative medicine and personalized medicine.

Rachel Douglas-Jones

Rachel Douglas-Jones  is a Postdoc at the IT University of Copenhagen. She received her PhD in Anthropology in 2013 from Durham University, UK. Her research focuses on mechanisms of research governance, with the doctoral thesis Locating Ethics concentrating of the training, accreditation and capacity of ethics review committees in Asia. While at the Harvard STS Program, she is will work on the "Biology and the Law" project.

Joakim Juhl

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.

Luca Marelli

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 ( His project aims at dissecting the epistemological and biopolitical reconfigurations of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research field.

Ian Vincent McGonigle

Ian Vincent McGonigle is a Visiting Fellow at 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.

Georgia Miller

Georgia Miller is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. Georgia's research investigates the development and implementation of nanotechnology innovation and regulatory policy. She explores how socio-technical imaginaries drive innovation policy and are mobilised within it, the co-production of expertise and political order, how the framing of governance debates is shaped by and affects power relations and interests, and how such framing affects regulatory and policy initiatives as well as opportunities for public participation. Georgia is supported by an Overseas Travel Fellowship from the Australian Nanotechnology Network.

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.

Sebastian Pfotenhauer

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. 

Holger Strassheim

Holger Strassheim is a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. In his work he explores the changing role of expertise in welfare and risk regulation. His current research is based on a comparison of knowledge orders, focusing on science-policy arrangements in the United States, Great Britain and Germany. While at Harvard, Holger is studying the transformation of regulatory science in employment policy and food safety; he is also writing his second book dealing with political and epistemic authority in contemporary democracies. Other research interests include the global spread of calculative policy practices, discourses on welfare and social security, public management collaborations and the rise of behavioral interventions in public governance.