Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Zara Mirmalek

Zara Mirmalek

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Zara Mirmalek is a Senior Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her research focuses on work culture, professional identity, and human-machine relationships in work environments where people work with remote presence tools (e.g., robots and digital media). Her ethnographic research includes fieldwork among workgroups using remote presence on Mars (NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers mission), in the deep-ocean (submarine volcanoes in the Caribbean), and Mars analogs in U.S. National Parks (NASA’s BASALT project).

Zara received a PhD in Communication and Science Studies from the University of California San Diego where her interdisciplinary studies included cultural anthropology of science and technology, critical theory, media studies and organization communication. In addition to the STS Program at Harvard University, she has completed postgraduate work in the STS Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.