Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard|
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 current Fellows, see the links on the left. Below are a list of the past Fellows with the program and a brief description of their backgrounds and interests, with links to more detailed pages containing more detailed information as well as a list of their most recent publications. Some of the information below may be out of date; to update their information, former Fellows should e-mail the site administrator.
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.
Gabriele Abels is a Jean Monnet Professor of comparative politics and European integration. She was a doctoral fellow at the Science Centre Berlin (WZB) and received her Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in political science from the University of Essen in 1999. In 2001 she joined the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT) at Bielefeld University, Germany, and finished her professoral thesis (Habilitation) in 2006. In 2007 she became a full professor at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Her approach to STS combines “classical” questions derived from political science with sociological perspectives.
Peter Alagona received his PhD in history, with emphases in environmental history and the history of science, from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. Previously, he had received a B.A. in history from Northwestern University, an M.A. in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in history from UCLA. Peter is currently a Harvard Environmental Fellow, working with Sheila Jasanoff in the Center for Environment and Kennedy School of Government. Peter's research focuses on the cultural and political histories of ecology and the related life, environmental, and conservation sciences. He is currently working to turn his dissertation, on the history of endangered species and biodiversity conservation in California, into a book.
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.
Jay Aronson's research focuses on issues at the intersection of the life sciences, biotechnology, politics, and law. His current research explores the uses of DNA evidence in British immigration tribunals, as well as in international human rights work in Argentina, Central America, and the Former Yugoslavia. He is also interested in the challenges and benefits of public participation in bioethical decision-making.
Ellen Bales is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley where her major field was history of science. She is currently working on a project on the Supreme Court's 1993 Daubert decision and its subsequent impact on science and law.
Ari Barell was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. During his stay, he worked on a project entitled Science and State: Techno-Science and the Formation of Israel. This study will examine the relations that evolved between the emerging Israeli political center and the techno-scientific establishments in Israel's early years. It will explore the role that science and technology have played in the formation and stabilization of the Israeli state, and the role that the state has played in their development.
Elizabeth Barron holds a joint appointment as a postdoctoral fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, where she is working with Dr. Anne Pringle. Her research, broadly, examines the formation and uses of environmental knowledge for environmental governance and conservation. Elizabeth has a B.S. in Anthropology and Biological Aspects of Conservation and a M.S. in Forest Resources. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at Rutgers University in 2010 for her dissertation work documenting the emerging field of fungal conservation in the United States and Europe, and its impacts on federal land management and policy in the USA.
Tom Bauler is a Spring 2013 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and Assistant Professor and Chair of Environment and Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he teaches ecological economics. His research focuses on the governance of alternative indicators for well-being, particularly on the dynamics of “beyond-GDP” indicators and the institutionalization of the policy agenda. Tom also conducts a series of research efforts on “governance of transitions” from the perspective of grassroots innovations. While at the STS Program, he will investigate the dynamics of current American actors in this domain with the objective to elaborate on a comparative analysis of the respective US and European policy agendas.
Ruha Benjamin is a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School for academic year 2013-2014. She is also an American Council of Learned Societies fellow on leave from Boston University, where she serves as assistant professor of Sociology and African American studies. While at Harvard, Ruha is completing a book People’s Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013), which examines struggles over public participation in the implementation of California’s stem cell initiative. She is also continuing work on a second project entitled Provincializing Science, which investigates the interplay between folk ethnoracial taxonomies, government classifications, and population genomics in South Africa, India, and Mexico.
Stève Bernardin is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). As an STS fellow on a Fulbright grant, he investigated the 20th century practices of engineers and public health professionals in the field of traffic safety. Following his fellowship, Steve returned to Paris to complete his dissertation and to work as an expert for the French Department of Transportation
Rachel Biderman represents the World Resources Institute in Brazil. She has been the vice-coordinator and researcher at the Center for Sustainability Studies at the Business Administration School of Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil (FGV), and was a professor at FGV MBA on the Management of Sustainability and a Ph.D. student at the Public Administration Department of the Business Administration School of FGV. She holds two masters degrees: one in Environmental Sciences (MSc), from Universidade de São Paulo (1999), and the other in International Legal Studies, from the American University Washington College of Law, D.C.(1992). She holds a Law Degree from Universidade de São Paulo (1990).
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.
Anders Blok is currently a PhD Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Copenhagen University. He has previously worked at the Danish National Environmental Research Institute (2004-5), and from 2005-2007, he was research student at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, on a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Science, Technology and Education (Monbukagakusho). Combining an interest in STS with a background in socio-political theory and environmental sociology, his research focuses on the knowledge politics of science in global processes of environmental governance. Theoretically and empirically, it attempts to examine how knowledge claims are authorised, negotiated, stabilized, or contested in situated instances of global nature, using an ethnographic case study methodology. In particular, Anders has written extensively on the knowledge politics of the long-standing conflicts surrounding Japanese whaling. Alongside his PhD thesis, he is currently finishing a critical introductory book (in Danish) on the work of leading STS theorist, Bruno Latour.
Adam Bly was a Visiting Senior Fellow with the STS Program. With a unifying mission of modernizing science’s place in society, he created Seed, ScienceBlogs, and Visualizing. He is currently CEO of Seed Scientific, a global consultancy working to advance scientific thinking and data-driven decision-making in the commercial, public, and social sectors. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He has lectured widely on the role of science in modern society, including at the: World Economic Forum in Davos, Royal Society, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, STS Forum, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, National Academies of Science, National Science Board, U.S Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, NIH, NASA, and Museum of Modern Art, as well as at universities including Harvard, MIT, and Peking.
Christophe Bonneuil is a Senior researcher at the Centre A. Koyre of History of Science (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS) and associate researcher at the Institut National de la recherche Agronomique - INRA (Science in Society Unit, IFRIS).
Maud Borie is a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2013. Maud is currently a PhD student with the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in England, where she is adopting a STS approach to study the politics of global environmental assessments (GEAs). Maud is designing her research project around different case studies in order to reveal the kinds of knowledges and the framings that are being adopted in these global settings to tackle the “biodiversity crisis”.
Aurelien Bouayad is a Fall 2013 Visiting Fellow with the STS Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at Sciences Po Paris Law School. His dissertation examines the processes involved in the translation of cultural diversity in adjudication. He focuses in particular on the role of cultural expertise in high-profile environmental disputes, which involve minority practices toward the environment that are said to contravene environmental regulations. Aurelien received a M.A. in Law from Sciences Po Paris and a M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from EHESS in Paris. In Spring 2014, he will be a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at SOAS in London.
HENRI BOULLIER is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Universite Paris-Est/LATTS and IFRIS. He is interested in public health policy, the social construction of risks and how regulatory knowledge is produced. His doctoral thesis looks at the implementation of the European REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals), understood with US EPA’s TSCA inputs. Before coming to Harvard, Henri spent several months in Brussels looking at how the European regulation works in practice, and how harmonization and subsidiarity are enacted through the practice of REACH procedures.
Regula Valérie Burri is a sociologist and an associated research scholar at Collegium Helveticum, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and University of Zurich. Her research interests focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of science and technology, and involve topics like (visual) knowledge, uncertainty, identity, citizenship, participation, risk, and governance, especially in the fields of biomedicine, biosciences, and emerging technologies. With the support of the Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment (TA-Swiss), she has recently conducted an ethnographic study of a citizen panel on nanotechnologies, health, and environment in Switzerland. Her current research focuses on emerging technologies and public policy, with special emphasis on public engagement.
Lydie Cabane holds a post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute for Research on Innovation and Society (IFRIS) and is affiliated with the CERMES3 (Research Centre on Health, Medicine, Science and Society) in Paris, France. Her current research focuses on how science and universities have shaped the field of ‘global health’. She is visiting at Harvard for the Fall Semester, 2014. During her stay, she will conduct empirical research on how North American universities have developed ‘global health’ curricula, programmes and research in relation with the transforming geopolitics of the 21st century.
Henry Cowles is a Ph.D. candidate in History and History of Science at Princeton University. His research centers on how developments in the life and human sciences (specifically psychology and evolutionary biology) overlap with larger trends in philosophical and social thought. In his dissertation, he explores this interaction in the form of methodological debates between philosophers, psychologists, and other scientists in the decades around 1900. At Harvard, he will focus on the impact of evolutionary accounts of mind on contemporaneous ideas about “public reason” in the early-twentieth-century United States.
Maggie Curnutte is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her current research focuses on the governance of emerging biotechnologies, including direct-to-consumer genetic testing and research on human-animal mixtures. While at Harvard, Maggie is working on a National Science Foundation project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues called “Life in the Gray Zone: Governance of New Biology in Europe and the United States.”
Laurence L. Delina is a Spring 2013 Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. While at the STS Program, Laurence will work to advance his argument on the necessity of a three-actor arrangement (state-civic-corporate) in knowledge-making and governance of rapid climate mitigation. Laurence is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is also an Earth System Governance Fellow and an Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Robert Doubleday is a Research Associate at the Department of Geography University of Cambridge. He works at the intersection of science and technology studies with geography, and focuses on the politics of science and emerging technologies. Doubleday is the principle investigator on a three-year Wellcome Trust funded project that studies the public dimensions of nano-biotechnology. The project involves policy analysis, laboratory studies and the development of novel collaborative methods, working with scientists to elaborate the public issues raised by their research.
Jim Dratwa's research and publications address issues of transnational or multi-level expertise, legitimacy, and governance — probing the interfaces between policy making, science, and other knowledge-claims. In particular, building on ethnographic inquiries into international organizations to unpack and enrich notions such as 'responsibility', 'proof', 'ethics', or 'experimentation', he pursues the import of the precautionary principle in risk regulation and of impact assessment in better regulation.
Iris Eisenberger is a researcher and lecturer at Vienna University's Law Faculty, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law. Her research focuses on emerging technologies. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Graz, Austria and a M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain. Currently, she is working on a project on the legal governance of emerging technologies, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, which is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship).
Adrian Ely visited the STS Program from SPRU-Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex in 2004-5, whilst carrying out his PhD fieldwork. His doctoral project, completed in 2006, compared the ways in which scientific evidence was employed in the formulation and support of policies surrounding genetically modified maize (Bt corn) in the USA, UK, France and Austria. Adrian is currently a fellow at SPRU, where he adopts an interdisciplinary approach that draws on his training in Natural Sciences (BA, Cambridge), Biotechnology for Emerging Economies (MSc, Sussex) and Science and Technology Policy Studies (DPhil, Sussex). As well as researching various policy challenges in the field of science, technology and sustainable development, he lectures on "Biotechnology, Innovation and Science Policy", "Innovation for Sustainability" and "The Management of Technological Risk".
Samuel Evans is a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. He received his D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was supervised by Prof. Steve Rayner. His thesis concerns the process through which governments negotiate an international list of "dual-use" technologies to control in international trade because of their perceived military significance. This process, he argues, is a dynamic interplay between at least two very different preferences for social organisation, which leads to different understandings of what constitutes relevant characteristics of technologies. This work develops on several strands within STS, including work on ambiguity, ambivalence, affordances, and boundary/classification studies. It also pulls on the theory of sociocultural viability (also known as Cultural Theory) to draw links between the ways we organise technology versus the ways we organise society.
Emma Frow is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research focuses on standards development and community-building efforts in the emerging field of synthetic biology. While at Harvard, Emma is working on a National Science Foundation project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues called “Life in the Gray Zone: Governance of New Biology in Europe and the United States.”
Emanuela Gambini is a researcher in Philosophy of Law at the Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy), Law Faculty, and research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in the Science, Technology and Society Program in 2006.
Friederike Gesing is a social/cultural anthropologist and a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during the 2012-2013 academic year. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bremen’s Department of Social Sciences and is affiliated with the Research Centre for Sustainability Studies (artec). While at Harvard, she will be writing up her ethnography on emerging forms of coastal hazard protection in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her work focuses on so-called “soft” approaches of dealing with coastal erosion which are commonly framed as “working with, not against nature”.
Mads Dahl Gjefsen is a PhD candidate at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo. He is broadly interested in how knowledge is rendered authoritative within different social and political contexts, and the implications of such processes for cross-national cooperation on environmental governance. Mads' project is a study of the institutionalization of political support for carbon dioxide capture and storage in the United States and the European Union. Building on interview fieldwork with environmentalists, bureaucrats and fossil fuel industry representatives in Washington DC and Brussels, the project seeks to address questions about how new expert institutions influence civic deliberation and decision-making on climate change mitigation efforts. He is set to graduate in the summer of 2014.
Alex Gördorf's current research interest is on forms, possibilities and effects of public participation in technology assessment and risk management. His PhD thesis critically examines a popular participatory method, the Danish consensus conference, reconstructing the uses and empirical effects of face-to-face interactions as a means to bring about public reasoning. Previously, issues of expertise and citizenship, and problems of scientific advice in public policy have been at the centre of his work. A social anthropologist by training, he has a longstanding interest in combining in-depth empirical studies with social theory.
Amy Hinterberger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick (UK). Her principal research interest is at the intersection of the social and life sciences, particularly on bioscientific research and its governance. While at Harvard, Amy will be working on a Faraday Institute for Science and Religion funded project entitled “Biology and the Law.”
Pru Hobson-West is a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellow in Biomedical Ethics. She is based at the University of Nottingham and is currently a visiting fellow in the Harvard STS Program. Pru holds an MA (hons.) from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD investigated organised parental resistance to childhood vaccination policy in the UK. The thesis argues that risk is an insufficient framework for understanding vaccination attitudes, and that issues of trust and images of science and technology are more important.
Johanna Hoeffken Johanna is a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations (Technical University Dresden, Germany) as well as in Science and Technology Studies (Maastricht University).
Dustin Holloway is a Non-Stipendiary Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dustin is also a scientist at the Center for Cancer Computational Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He holds an appointment on the Ethics Advisory Committee at Dana Farber and is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science at Boston University. Dustin is interested in genome ethics, medical ethics, and synthetic biology.
James Benjamin Hurlbut is an historian of science who specializes in the modern medical and life sciences, with a particular focus on bioethics. Ben's interests lie at the intersections of history, political theory, bioethics and STS. He received a B.A. in Classics from Stanford University in 2001 before entering the doctoral program in the History of Science at Harvard University. His dissertation examines the scientific, ethical and political deliberations surrounding human embryo research in the United States from 1978 to the present. He examines the various settings in which ethical concerns over human embryo research were deliberated, from public ethics bodies to state level referenda, tracing how notions of moral pluralism and public reason were constructed in each setting. He uses the debates over human embryo research to trace the changing role of public bioethics in American democratic deliberation around emerging science and technology.
Connie Johnston is currently a doctoral candidate at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and a visiting fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the academic year 2012-2013. She also has a Master of Arts in Graduate Liberal Studies from Duke University. Her dissertation research examines, in the United States and Europe, the scientific construction and social negotiation of the concept of farm animal welfare through the activities of three (two US and one European) government-sponsored scientific research programs. She received a 2011-2012 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant to support her fieldwork. As Harvard STS Fellow, she will complete the analysis and write-up of the results of her research interviews and field observations.
Christopher Jones is a historian interested in the intersections between energy, technology, and the environment. Chris received a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University in 2000 with a minor in science, technology, and society studies. After graduating, he worked in Silicon Valley for several years before joining the University of Pennsylvania History and Sociology of Science Department. His dissertation studies the development of America's first fossil-fuel intensive region, the mid-Atlantic. In particular, he focuses on the critical roles played by transportation infrastructure in creating new energy consumption patterns. His research explores the ways coal canals, oil pipelines, and electricity transmission made the widespread and intensified use of fossil fuels possible, stimulated the rise of urbanization and industrialization, and contributed to the emergence of a society dependent on ever-increasing supplies of energy.
Jennifer Keelan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. After completing her PhD at the University of Toronto's Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology in 2004, she was awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2004-06) held at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College of London, and in Program on Science, Technology, and Society at The Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University. Her research interests include public health policy, civic and social epistemology, the Public's understanding of science, and the history of medicine. She is completing a monograph that compares the resistance movements and legal challenges to compulsory immunization in the U.S., Canada and the UK. Current policy research projects include an examination of the need for, and possible design of, a no-fault medical insurance program to address vaccine injuries that arise through compliance with government-recommended immunization policies.
Gouk Tae Kim is a STS (Science, Technology and Society) program research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He has been working on his Ph.D. (ABD) in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech since 2005. His current research interests include STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) Policy and Management, R&D Evaluation, Engineering Education, Global Policy Studies, and Science & Technology in Society. He earned his MSPP and MSIA degrees from Georgia Tech in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and MA in Public Administration fromYonseiUniversity,Seoul,South Korea, in 1999.
Sang-Hyun Kim is a research fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Originally trained as a solid state chemist (D.Phil. Oxford), he later moved to the field of STS, and received his Ph.D. in history & sociology of science from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. His Ph.D. work at Edinburgh examined the development of climate science in Britain during the period from the 1950s to mid-1980s, with particular respect to the issue of global warming. But Sang-Hyun's current research focuses on the cultural politics of science and technology in Korea (where he grew up and did his first degree in chemistry). For instance, he is interested in how Korea's dominant sociotechnical visions came about, how these visions have informed the development and integration of science and technology into Korean society, and how they are imbued with the imagination of Korean nationhood.
Christopher Kirchhoff serves in Washington, D.C. and Baghdad, Iraq as the lead writer on a comprehensive study of Iraq reconstruction by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an independent, Congressionally mandated office under the Department of Defense and State. He is on leave from his doctoral program at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, Cambridge University, where he was elected to the inaugural class of Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholars, Cambridge's equivalent to the Rhodes scheme. During the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation he served as Editor of the investigation report and has also worked as an aide and speechwriter to several public officials, including the Presidential Science Advisor, and on a Senate and Presidential campaign. Kirchhoff holds an A.B. in History & Science from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude with highest honors, and an M.Phil in Politics from Cambridge University. A champion cross country and track runner, Kirchhoff received the 1996 Wendy's High School Heisman, an award for the nation's top prep scholar athlete. An avid traveler, he has backpacked in over 30 countries, including a trek from Moscow to Singapore overland.
Irem Kok is a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is a doctoral candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Her doctoral project explores issues of corporate transparency and science-policy relationship in environmental regulation of the shale gas industry in the U.S. and U.K. Comparing two countries’ experiences with the unconventional gas development, she examines practice(s) of corporate transparency and scientific disclosure in different political cultures and the influence of industry projects upon national regulatory frameworks.
Monika Kurath was a post doctoral visiting researcher from the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich and the Program for Science Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2007/2008. Her research focused on the social and political implications of technological risks and comparative policy analysis. In her dissertation, she compared discourses on biotechnology between Europe and the U.S. She was a Research Associate at the Office for History of Science and Technology at the UC Berkeley in 2001/2002. During her research stay, she worked on a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, comparing regulatory cultures of nanotechnologies
Myanna Lahsen is Associate Researcher in the Earth System Science Center in the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) and also affiliated with the the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at University of Colorado. Her research examines environmental politics and the science-policy interface in the United States and Brazil, with a focus on climate change, sustainability and the Brazilian Amazon.
Brice Laurent is a graduate student at the 'Corps des Mines' in Paris and employed by the French state ministry of industry. He has previously studied the role of consulting companies in industrial research and works now on nanotechnology and public policy, with a special interest on public engagement. He is interested in the ways public approaches are framed in the US and France.
Nicole Lozzi is a graduate student in law at the Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy), studying the Agro-food System (Agrisystem Doctoral School). Her research interests include food safety and food alerts in Europe and the United States. She became interested in comparing the legal and policy choices that form the basis for the current agrofood safety systems through observing several cases of "food emergencies" of public concern that occurred recently in Europe, including BSE, dioxin contamination, and bird flu.
Martin Mahony was a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2012. His current research focuses on the epistemic geographies of climate change, including the practices and politics of scientific assessment and simulation modelling. While at Harvard, Martin is working on a case study of science-policy relationships in Indian climate politics.
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 (http://www.semm.it/research-general-introduction-folsatec.php#unit3). His project aims at dissecting the epistemological and biopolitical reconfigurations of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research field.
Marybeth Long Martello's research examines global change science and governance in relation to a number of topics including indigenous knowledge, desertification, climate change and corporate sustainability. Much of her work focuses on the ways in which the practices and claims of global change science shape and are shaped by the identities, knowledges and political standing of environmentally at-risk communities.
Deborah Mascalzoni is currently working as Senior Researcher in Science and Society at the European Academy of Bolzano, Institute of Genetic Medicine. Her research interests include Philosophy of Science, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Science Policy, Philosophy of Politics. She is looking at the interaction between ethical, legal and social aspects of science dealing with the public. She holds a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Bologna (2005) with the focus on participation in research. Research Project on Genetics and Ethics; Dissertation thesis on "Informed consent in genomics: a participative process." September 2003 — March 2004: Appointment as visiting fellow in the Program of Science Tecnology and Society, at the Kennedy School of Government. 2001: Master in Environmental Education, University of Bologna (research paper on Environmental Ethics). 2000: Degree in Philosophy of Science with a Thesis in Bioethics: "Philosophy of Medicine: who should decide about Therapy and Care."
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.
Ingrid Metzler is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. In her thesis, titled "Embryo Republic", she follows controversies and debates on IVF embryos on political stages in Italy. She argues that these debates are tied to re-imaginations and re-enactments of foundational rules of the Italian Republic. Ingrid is also a researcher at the Life-Science-Governance Research Platform of the University of Vienna, were she is currently involved in a project on stem cells, biobanks and biomarkers.
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.
Natalie Mevissen is a pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) for the fall semester 2014. Her research fields are science and technology studies, innovation studies, sociology of knowledge, and organizational sociology. Her PhD focusses on how social sciences, especially sociology in Germany and the United States, relate to society. She is especially interested in the question of how sociologists deal with issues of ‘applied’ and ‘pure’ social science, focusing on the historical, epistemological and institutional level. During her stay at the STS Program she will continue her work on her dissertation, especially considering the co-production of sociology and the state.
Clark A. Miller is Associate Professor of Science Policy and Political Science in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University. Clark is the editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press: 2001) and has published extensively on the politics of knowledge-making in international institutions, theories of civic epistemology and co-production, and the intersection of science and democracy in contemporary society. His current project is an analysis of the epistemological and institutional organization of security in world affairs from 1945 to the present, focusing on a comparative study of the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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.
Maya Mitre is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Her current research focuses on the factors that contributed to shaping human embryonic stem-cell research policy in Brazil, taking the United States as a basis for comparison. A broader purpose of her work is to reflect upon problems such as the challenges that human biotechnology poses to the role of institutions and to the decision-making process in democratic countries.
Cormac O'Rafferty is graduate of University College Dublin (BSc Hons) and Trinity College Dublin (Phd) in Ireland. A solid-state physicist by training, he was a Marie Curie EU Research Fellow at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is now a tenured lecturer in physics at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. As well as standard physics courses, classes taught include elementary courses in the ideas of cosmology, particle physics and climate science for non-scientists.
Tolu Odumosu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a joint appointment with the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program. Topically, his research is focused on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), with particular emphasis on mobile devices and their appropriation, the design and implementation of national telecommunications infrastructure, and the governance of transnational ICT technical standards organizations. Theoretically, most of Dr. Odumosu's work focuses on developing and expanding the notion of "constitutive appropriation" as an analytical framework, geared towards a more robust theory of democratic participation that includes both human and non-human elements.
James Padilla-DeBorst is a lot of things including a husband, father of 6, a researcher, a professor and development practitioner. He is an adjunct Professor of International Development at Eastern University Philadelphia, PA, USA while he teaches in their Capetown, South Africa campus. He has spent nearly 20 years as a development practitioner both in Africa and Latin America, mainly in El Salvador where he made his home for 14 years. His current research focuses on transnational development institutions. He holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University Denver, CO, USA and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Political and Economic Development for the Harvard Kennedy School.
Helen Pallett was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program in Fall 2012. She is a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. During her time with the Harvard STS Program Helen developed her understanding of organisational learning around different mechanisms for public participation in science policy, through a conceptual exploration of the terms ‘collective experimentation’ and ‘societal experimentation’. This will follow the interesting genealogy of these concepts through various approaches to the study of politics and society during the twentieth century, from the work of philosopher John Dewey to the sociologist Donald Campbell. The dual importance of these ideas to the study of public participation and processes of learning is highlighted in more recent works, such as the 2007 European Commission report ‘Taking the European Knowledge Society Seriously’.
Katja Patzwaldt studied political science, history and regional development of Eastern Europe at the Berlin Free University in Germany, the Russian State University of Humanities and the Moscow Institute of International Relations. After graduating, she received a research, work and travel grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German Studienstiftung and participated in a post-graduate programme of international affairs. During this time, she worked in research management, migration policy and employment policy and research for UNESCO, the ILO and the World Bank.
Thomas Pfister is a post-doctoral fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government supported by the German Academic Exchange Service. His research focuses on the role of European integration research in the social sciences, humanities and law in the broader context of European integration. How does research contribute to shaping the political, social and cultural transformations subsumed under this label? How are processes of knowledge production of European integration research affected by its relationship and interaction with politics, especially with the European Union?
Roopali Phadke joined the Harvard STS program as a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. Roopali's research is at the nexus of environmental studies, international development and science and technology studies. Her current research focuses on the private and public development of water resources in South Asia. Within STS, her interests lie in the democratization of science and technology decision-making and the hybridization of technical expertise and local knowledge in development administration. She is also concerned with the use of participatory research methodologies and documentary filmmaking. Roopali's PhD is in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation examined how People's Science Movements in the Krishna Valley of India have fostered the equitable distribution of water and alternative designs for large dam development. This research has been funded by the University of California, the National Science Foundation, the International Water Management Institute and the American Institute for India Studies. Roopali holds a BA from Wellesley College in Political Science and a MA from Cornell University in South Asian Studies. In addition to her academic service, she has worked for several NGOs, including the National Wildlife Federation and Cultural Survival.
Gerard Porter is a Non-Stipendiary Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also a Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. His current research focuses on the regulation of transnational clinical trials. Using the United States and India as case studies, he is mapping the ways in which law and policy are evolving in both countries and seeking to understand how science and ethics travel between these quite different economic and socio-cultural contexts.
Corinna Porteri works as a researcher in Bioethics and as the person responsible for the Bioethics Unit at the IRCCS Saint John of God Fatebenefratelli in Brescia, Italy. The Centre is a Scientific Institute for Research and Care of national relevance (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattare Scientifico — IRCCS) whose mission involves translational research (from bench to bedside) in the rehabilitation of Alzheimer's disease and mental disorders (http://www.irccs-fatebenefratelli.it).
Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC-Irvine. He was initially trained as a biologist, obtained his Ph.D. in the History and Social Studies of Science and Technology, and works on the anthropology of science and technology. Before joining UC-Irvine, he served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School.
Celina Ramjoué works in the area of research policy at the European Commission's Research Directorate-General. She first worked in the unit dealing with research ethics, organizing the European Commission's ethics review for research projects funded by the European Union. In her current position as policy officer, she is in charge of the scholarly communications dossier and deals with the question of how the current scientific publication system (including issues like peer review, impact factor, publishing business models) interacts with research excellence, and what role it plays for access to and dissemination of scientific information.
Jenny Reardon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Adjunct Research Professor of Women's Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in August 2002. From Fall 1999-Spring 2002, she was a Fellow in Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She taught in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University from 2002-2004, and was a fellow at the Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy and a research assistant professor Women's Studies at Duke University from 2004-2005. Her book, Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics, was published with Princeton University Press in 2005.
Gustavo Ribeiro is a visiting fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the academic year 2012-2013 and a doctoral student at Harvard Law School, from where he also received his LL.M degree. Gustavo received a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), from Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, where he is still a Fellow at the Research Center for Law and Economics and a Visiting Lecturer. His research focuses mainly on legal philosophy, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies. Gustavo is currently working on a National Science Foundation project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues on scientific evidence, with special focus on the Supreme Court’s 1993 Daubert decision and its subsequent impact on law and science at the U.S. and, potentially, other jurisdictions.
Krishanu Saha is an STS and Society in Science Branco-Weiss Fellow. Kris seeks to expand his background in working with nascent human engineered materials to investigate the modeling of diseases at the cellular level with human “reprogrammed” stem cell lines. By drawing on analytical tools in both science and STS, this project will examine the assumptions built into “diseases in a dish.” As these diseases in a dish are constructed through stem cell biology and engineering, laboratory work will be extended to examine the moral, economic, and political status of these objects.
Melike Şahinol joined the Harvard STS program as a Ph.D. candidate of sociology and a stipendiary fellow of the Postgraduate Program for 'Bioethics' with the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). In 2008, a Ph.D. fellowship was awarded to her in the TA network project 'TRANSDISS — disciplinary research in transdisciplinarity', which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Frédérique S. Santerre is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in the Science, Technology and Society Program. Her doctoral dissertation focused upon the dynamics of change in international policy-making regarding regulation and innovation in the life sciences industry.
Oliver A. R. Schilling is a doctoral candidate at Bielefeld University, Germany. He is interested in power-relations instituted through the construction of expertise with regards to institution and capacity building in newly emerging political systems. In his current research project, Oliver investigates the role of international consultants in the process of legal development in Cambodia. He explores issues of ownership and reliability of knowledge production questioning the paradigm of 'technical assistance' in development practice. Furthermore, the study looks at parameters, which determine the competition of different concepts of normativity in a trans-national context.
Janina Schirmer's research focuses on European Innovation policy with an emphasis on frames in European Nanotechnology-Policy. She is based at the Bielefeld University and is working on her PhD in the graduate program "On the Way to Knowledge Society" at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT). Previously, Janina has received a M.A. in Political Science from Hannover University and a M.A. in Science and Technology Studies from Linköpings Universitet/Sweden and Université Louis Pasteur in Stasbourg/France.
Malte Schophaus's research focuses on issues at the intersection of science and technology studies and social movement research. His current research explores the role of scientific expertise for social movements and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the knowledge society. He will especially pay attention to the globalization-critical movement in Germany. Besides this current research he is also interested in citizen participation, cooperation management and environmental psychology.
Daniela Schuh was a Predoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society from October 2013-May 2014. Her research interests concern national approaches of governing biotechnologies in Europe. While at the STS Program, Daniela worked on a Faraday Institute funded project entitled “Biology and the Law” in which she compared interactions between biology and the law around stem cell research and synthetic biology in Germany and Britain.
Angela Simone is a PhD candidate in Law and New Technologies, specialization in Bioethics, at the University of Bologna (Italy). She holds a Laurea (5-years) Degree in Biotechnology, specialization in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (University of Bologna) and a Master in Science Communication (International School for Advanced Studies-SISSA, Trieste-Italy).Her research interest is in the realm of public scientific communication in bioethics controversial issues. In particular, in her Doctoral Thesis, she has been analyzing the role and the type of science communication expressed by experts (Science, Bioethics, Law, and lay-experts) in Parliament hearings and in the courtrooms in two paired case studies on the end-of-life issues in Italy, using the STS approach as theoretical framework.
Stefan Sperling is a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard STS Program. He completed his PhD in Princeton's Department of Anthropology. His dissertation, entitled Science and Conscience: Stem Cells, Bioethics, and German Citizenship, looks at bioethics as an ethnographic object. Through fieldwork with a bioethics commission advising the German parliament, and an anthropological re-reading of German history through the analytical lenses of transparency and conscience, the dissertation demonstrates that bioethics in present-day Germany is in part the result of culturally specific relations between the state and its citizens. The state is engaged in the project of shaping itself as morally legitimate, and it remakes its citizenry, as well as its scientists, to conform to collectively recognized standards of virtue. The dissertation further shows how this state-making project is deeply entangled with debates over the ethics of stem cell research and regulation. Sperling holds an A.A. from Deep Springs College, a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. from Stanford University. He is teaching a Harvard Freshman Seminar on "Medicine, Ethics, and Culture."
Michelle Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado – Boulder. While a visiting fellow at the STS Program, under the supervision of Professor Sheila Jasanoff, she hopes to examine how ‘expertise’ and ‘sustainability’ take form in the local context of harvesters’ daily interactions and livelihoods in Northwest Yunnan, China. She is interested in combined STS and political ecology analytical perspectives on the politics of environmental conservation, economic development and sustainable management. Her dissertation research focuses on the social and natural dimensions of the Tibetan ‘Himalayan gold’, or Ophiocordyceps sinensis, resource economy of the Tibetan Plateau.
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.
Mariachiara Tallacchini joined the Harvard STS program as a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow on Prof. Jasanoff's programme "Reframing Rights: Constitutional Implications of Technological Change" in 2000/2001, working on regulatory models in xenotransplantation. Mariachiara's interests focus on technoscience and the law from a STS and legal philosophy perspective. Her current research involve issues of biomedicine and the law, such as regulatory aspects of human biological materials, tissue engineering, engineered animals, xenotransplantation, as well as more general policy and legal issues, such as the precautionary principle, the democratization of scientific expertise and democratic participatory procedures in science policy, and the political use of ethics as a regulatory measure.
Samuel Taylor-Alexander is a teaching fellow at the University of Auckland. He received his PhD in Anthropology Program from Australian National University in 2012. His research takes as a case study the politics and governance of plastic surgery practice in Mexico in order to tease out contemporary transformations in citizenship, medical science, and ethics. His dissertation is based on one year of ethnographic research conducted mostly in Mexico City.
Giuseppe Testa heads the Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, where he also co-founded the interdisciplinary PhD program on Life Sciences, Bioethics and Society (Foundations of the Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences, Folatec). His STS and bioethics scholarship focuses on the relationship between the life sciences and the evolution of modern democracies. His scientific and bioethics/STS work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is the author, with Helga Nowotny, of Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age. He holds an MD, a PhD in Molecular Biology and an MA in Bioethics and Law and has been fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School within the Branco Weiss Society-in-Science program.
Mattijs is a pre-doctoral fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2012-2013 academic year and a PhD-candidate in environmental planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, which works on the analysis and development of effective conflict resolution techniques in environmental disputes. His dissertation focuses on the creation of markets for ecosystem services in the United States. As an STS Fellow, he will continue work on his dissertation and serve as a teaching fellow for ESPP-78: Environmental, an undergraduate course at Harvard College taught by Sheila Jasanoff.
Frédéric Vandermoere was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the program on Science, Technology and Society in 2009-2010. He obtained his PhD in sociology in May 2008 from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium. Shortly after obtaining his PhD he was jointly appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research in Paris and visiting professor at UGent. He currently works as an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Antwerp. His research interests locate in the fields of science and technology studies, sustainability transitions, environmental sociology, cultural studies, sociology of risk and uncertainty, organization studies, and social theory.
Shana Vijayan is a Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her particular interest is in audit systems, as a form of socio-technological intervention, which stems from an established career in health management. She is concerned with the means and methods by which public health services are held to account. Her research investigates the development of performance cultures in private healthcare concentrating on how performance management is deployed in the United States.
Lee Vinsel holds a joint appointment as a post-doctoral fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Lee’s central interest lies in how societies use various tools – from formal regulations to informal rules – to mitigate technological “risks.” He has on-going projects examining the history of auto regulation, the history of energy systems and energy statistics (the estimating, predicting, and modeling of present and future energy supplies), and the ethics of personal, or consumer, communications technologies.
Trina Vithayathil is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Brown University and a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2012-2013 academic year. During her time with the Harvard STS Program, she will be working on her dissertation, which is a qualitative study of the production of social data during a contemporary census in India. As part of this research, she draws upon the contributions of science, technology and society (STS) studies, political sociology, and India area studies to explore the network of actors involved in producing official data. She is funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development T-32 Fellowship.
Alexander Wentland is currently a PhD student in the "Innovation society today" graduate program at the Technical University of Berlin. His dissertation deals with different aspects and dimensions of technological futures imagined for the electrification of transportation. Due to his background and personal interests in innovation studies and STS, he is also affiliated with the "Science Policy Group" at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).
David E. Winickoff has been a tenure-track faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, since 2004. He served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School from 2002-2004. Coming from law, bioethics, and STS, Winickoff conducts research on the interaction of science, norms, and politics of human health and the environment, with a particular focus on the governance of biotechnology. He studies the regulation of life and life science in comparative and international contexts: intellectual property, environmental protection, food safety, human research subject protection, and public health. His work explores issues of equity, procedural justice, science, and democracy in law and public policy, and he aims to make theoretical contributions in the areas of bioethics, globalization, trade law, constitutional law, and the science-democracy relationship. Winickoff holds degrees from Yale College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law School, he founded the Ethics, Law and Biotechnology (E.LaB) Society and co-instructed the first course ever on biotechnology.