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Ingrid Metzler

Ingrid Metzler

ingrid.metzler (at) gmail.com

Ingrid Metzler is currently a Spring 2013 Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School.. While at Harvard, Ingrid will work on a project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleauges, titled “Biology and the Law,” funded by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Her research focuses on the governance of disruptive bio-medical technologies She is interested in particular in the ways in which law and science mutually shape and co-produce each other.

Ingrid has studied Political Science at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, and at the University of Innsbruck and Vienna. She graduated from the University of Innsbruck and Vienna in 2005 with a Master’s Thesis on “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis in Israel” At the University of Vienna, she wrote her dissertation entitled “The Embryo Republic: Human Life between Politics, Science, and Religion.” This thesis drew on Jasanoff’s work on bio-constitutionalism, exploring the ways in which the categorization in which IVF embryos were entangled was tied to efforts to reimagine Italian democratic life and its constituional foundations.

While at the University of Vienna, Ingrid was a member of the Life-Science-Governance Research Platform, where she worked as contract reseacher in several research project that explored the governance of various ambigious entities and disruptive technologies. From December 2010 to January 2013, she chaired the COST Action “Bio-objects and their Boundaries: Governing Matters at the Intersection of Society, Politics and Science.”

Publications

Ingrid Metzler (2007) “Nationalizing embryos”: The politics of human embryonic stem cell research in Italy BioSocieties 2(4): 413-427.

Ingrid Metzler (2010) Über „Moralapostel“ und „smooth operators“: Die Praxis der Bioethik im Feld eines österreichischen Biobankenprojekts Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Sonderheft (Genomforschung – Politik – Gesellschaft. Perspektiven auf ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte der Genomforschung): 203-229.

Ingrid Metzler and Andrew Webster (2011).”Bio-objects and their Boundaries: Governing Matters at the Intersection of Society, Politics, and Science.” Croatian Medical Journal 52 (5): 648-50.

Ingrid Metzler (2011). Between Church and State: Embryos, Stem Cells and Citizens in Italian Politics. In: Sheila Jasanoff (ed.): Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, Cambridge & London: MIT Press, 105-124.

Ingrid Metzler (2012). On why states still matter: In vitro fertilization embryos between laboratories and state authorities in Italy. In: Niki Vermeulen, Sakari Tamminen & Andrew Webster (eds.): Bio-objects: Life in the 21st Century. Ashgate, 151-170.

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