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.

Jan Peter Bergen

Jan Peter Bergen is a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology, and a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS Program. His research in Delft is part of a larger project on experimentation with new technologies in society, with him focusing on the role of technological reversibility in responsible experimentation with nuclear energy technologies. In his work, Jan combines insights from sociology, innovation studies and STS, as well as philosophical pragmatism and 20th century phenomenology.

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. By studying how these innovation models become transferable entities that are implemented in cities around the world, the project is interested in what the importation of a given model reveals about how the importing society perceives itself and in the compatibility between local developments and the innovative promises of the models. This project develops Margo's deep interest and previous work on the formation of human subjectivities and social orders with developments in science and technology in different cultural contexts.

Samuel Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program for Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, an Associate Researcher 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.

Nicole Gayard

Nicole Gayard is a PhD Candidate at the Program on Science and Technology Policy, State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard STS Program. Her dissertation analyzes the Brazilian South-South Cooperation in Health, focusing on how scientific and technological aspects of health are enacted through cooperation policies undertaken by an emerging country, and in the leading role of national research institutes in its development. The investigation also explores the implications of this international cooperation movement for global health governance, and the relations between international organizations, public and private sectors.

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.

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. He is working to map and better understand the philosophical and ethical principles supporting positions of Libertarian Transhumanists, Technoprogressives, Left-Wing Bioconservatives, and Right-Wing Bioconservatives emerging political currents, as well as their interactions with the existing mainstream political currents.

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.

Jasper Montana

Jasper Montana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography of the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program. His research examines environment-society relations with a current focus on the global governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services. While at Harvard, Jasper is working on research that analyses the institutional arrangements and the knowledge-making practices of experts in an emergent UN-level biodiversity initiative: the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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. 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.

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.

Charlotte Peevers

Charlotte Peevers is a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her current research focuses on the history of the Suez Canal. While at Harvard, Charlie is working on a project ‘Technology, Empire and International Law through the Suez Canal’ which explores the 19th century construction of the Suez Canal as epitomising the promise of Enlightenment progress through the coalescence of science and technology, law, and imperial governance.

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.

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.

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.

Melanie Smallman

Melanie Smallman is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research looks at how society influences science and technology, particularly focusing on the role of public dialogue activities. While at Harvard, Melanie will be comparing US and UK approaches to incorporating public perspectives in policymaking.

Mylène Tanferri

Mylène Tanferri is a fall 2015 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her doctoral research aims to understand historical archives digitization as a cultural/technical practice with a focus on the access promises that accompany it. While at the STS Program, Mylène will work on the political dimensions of heritage and archives digitization initiatives. Mylène is a PhD candidate at the digital cultures and humanities lab at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in co-supervision with the information science program at the University of Bahia, Brazil.