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.

Anna M. Agathangelou

Anna M. Agathangelou is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her current research focuses on corporeality and the use of science, technology, and law knowledge in global power shifts and social order. She is also currently engaged in a study of the global and political dimensions of post-conflict DNA identification of the missing and disappeared in a variety of contexts. While at Harvard, Anna is working on two projects: (1) writing a book that focuses on the use of the genetic technology of DNA, law and science in post-conflict humanitarian projects; its title is Emerging Legal and Forensic Bioconstitutional Order(s) in Post-Conflict Cyprus; and (2) organizing a project focusing on the dialogue of International Relations with STS, engaging the relations of epistemology, materiality, and social order; the project’s title is Worlding STS: The Biography of Sheila Jasanoff.

Gabriel Dorthe

Gabriel Dorthe is a PhD student at University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Sorbonne University (Paris I). Mixing philosophical and ethnographical approaches, his research aims to describe and understand how transhumanists associations explicit their hopes and formulate their expectations. During his stay at Harvard, Gabriel will meet and interview several US transhumanists and scientists in order to emphasize the specificities of European strand of transhumanism.

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.

Paulo Fonseca

Paulo Fonseca is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. Paulo obtained a PhD in Sociology, through the Program “Governance, Knowledge and Innovation” of the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, where he has also been a Junior Researcher. With a B.D on Physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a M.D on Social Studies of Science and Technology at the University of Salamanca, Paulo´s research interests have centered on the co-production of governance mechanisms related to emerging technologies in peripheral and semiperipheral countries.

Mascha Gugganig

Mascha Gugganig is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and currently a visiting research fellow at the Harvard STS Program. Her doctoral dissertation deals with intersections between education and activism in regards to land use, food production, and biotechnology on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. While at Harvard, Mascha will write about ways in which students and educators at a Native Hawaiian charter school as well as a wider public on Kauaʻi negotiate meaning of ʻāina (land) in Hawaiʻi, a place that has become a global research center for genetic engineering.

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.

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.

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. Arguing that these new conservation practices are remaking not just environmental knowledge and policies but materially reshaping environments themselves, this research provides a framework for evaluating the heterogeneous and often surprising consequences of conservation interventions worldwide.

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. 

Aleksandar Rankovic

Aleksandar Rankovic is a PhD student in ecology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI-Sciences Po). His PhD research mainly focuses on long-term carbon and nutrient dynamics in urban ecosystems, with Paris street soil-tree systems as a case-study. While at Harvard during spring 2015, he will use STS insights to help in framing future discussions between urban ecologists and city managers and dwellers. He is also more generally interested in how STS can help ecologists better define and achieve their objectives in science-policy interactions.

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. More generally, her research focuses on how culture and politics intersect in the development of sociotechnical systems in different national contexts. Her previous work examined the intersection of cultural meaning, policy frameworks, and politics in the development of genetically modified food in Japan, France, and the United States.

Claire Stockwell

Claire Stockwell is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and is a pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow with the STS Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. Her research focuses on how knowledge is constructed to support legal arguments in climate change litigation. While at Harvard, Claire will analyze US climate case law and conduct interviews with key actors involved in the litigation.

Samantha Vanderslott

Samantha Vanderslott is a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Spring 2015. She is completing her PhD at University College London (UCL) where her research focuses on the role of innovation in framing policy problems and the ways in which this affects proposed solutions. Her case study is on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as a public health problem for which innovation understandings shape the policy responses.