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 Some of the information below may be out of date; to update their information, former Fellows should e-mail the site administrator.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 postdoctoral assistant at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna, Austria. His research and teaching interests include the relations between science, technology and democratic politics and questions of distributive justice, public health and the economics, regulation and politics of biomedical research and innovation. In his work, Erik focuses on the comparative positioning of his fields of interest in different geographical, cultural and epistemic spaces.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Alagona is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern in 1995, and his PhD from UCLA in 2006. From 2006-08, he was a STS Fellow at the Kennedy School and Beagle Fellow in the Center for the Environment at Harvard. From 2008-09, he was a Bill Lane Fellow at Stanford.
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 is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department. His research and teaching focus is on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in a variety of contexts. He recently completed a long-term study of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of the missing and disappeared, and been involved in various projects to improve the quality of civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict.
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 S. Barron is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University in 2010, after which she completed a joint three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and the Program on Science, Technology & Society. Her work on environmental governance and conservation incorporates critical social theory and biogeography to explore multiple discourses of nature, environmental management and decision-making.
Jeremy Baskin is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. For the past five years he has been working at the intersection of STS and environmental politics exploring the sociotechnical imaginaries of solar geoengineering. He is particularly interested in the ways in which notions of the Anthropocene and of post-nature are mobilised in relation to emergent technologies. Other research interests include environmental politics in the global South and their relationship to the development project. Whilst at Harvard he plans to commence work on the contested politics of energy and development in contemporary South Africa.
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.
Les Beldo was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a visiting fellow at the STS Program for Spring 2016. His current research examines the implicit norms and values that are built into federal policies for fish and wildlife management in the United States, including the ways in which those assumptions are challenged and reproduced in contemporary environmental conflicts. He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, which tracked the substantial consequences of federal fisheries management oversight on the continued conflict over Makah indigenous whaling in the Pacific Northwest.
Ruha Benjamin is an Assistant Professor at the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and a Faculty Associate in the Programs in the History of Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Health and Health Policy, Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Department of Sociology. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and biotechnology; race-ethnicity and gender; biopolitics and the sociology of knowledge.
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.
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
Thomas Bertorelli is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a PhD student in Sociology at Brandeis University. Thomas’ developing research interests focus on the globalization of the clinical trials industry. He is designing a research project in order to better understand how connections between political, economic, and pharmaceutical interests shape the development and practice of transnational health research.
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 is a postdoctoral researcher in the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at the Department of Public Health of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research 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 post-doctoral fellow at Cermes3, the Center for research in medicine, science, health, and society. He is a sociologist and ethnographer of administrative work, interested in the social construction of risks, how regulatory knowledge is produced and the role played by firms in the making of regulatory science and decisions.
Regula Valérie Burri is a Professor in science and technology studies (STS) at HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of science and technology, and involve topics like (visual) knowledge and the intersections of science and art, cultures of science and technology, and the governance of science and technology.
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 Fellow at Avalere Health (Washington, DC), a consulting firm that specializes in health policy. She received training in science and technology studies (STS), and studies how human values, notions of community, and forms of civic engagement are both built into and reinforced by the systems we create. Maggie’s interests lie in understanding and improving healthcare systems. Her training lends insight when analyzing pressing policy issues and developing creative solutions.
Laurence Delina is a postdoctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and was a Spring 2016 visiting fellow at the STS Program. His work explores the governance and institutional arrangements in the politics and policy of sustainability, with particular focus on sustainable energy transitions and climate mitigation. On these broad issues, he is interested on the scalar and temporal qualities of socioeconomic changes, sociotechnical transitions, energy policy, and nonviolent social movements. Laurence was an STS visiting fellow in Spring 2013 and returns to Harvard to continue his work on the climate action movement, and the future of energy in developing countries.
Gabriel Dorthe has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program in 2014-15 (Swiss NSF Doc.Mobility grant). He is a PhD candidate at University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Sorbonne University (Paris I). He explores the transhumanist movement through the means of philosophy and STS, confronting the movement’s publicized narratives and its activists' everyday practices. He describes and criticizes how transhumanists associations explicit their hopes and formulate their expectations. During his stay at Harvard, Gabriel has been involved in The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School, and helped develop a partnership between this new student club and the STS Program.
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.
Rachel Douglas-Jones is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2013 from Durham University with the doctoral thesis Locating Ethics, which is focused on ethics as a mechanism of research governance in biomedicine.
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 is a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK, and Deputy Director of the STEPS Centre. He has been conducting comparative research on biotechnology regulation and governance since 2001, including projects in the USA, Europe, Kenya and China. More broadly, he is interested in innovation policy and environmental sustainability, and has conducted related interdisciplinary work across the energy, agriculture and health domains. Adrian visited the STS Program 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).
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.
Emma Frow is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, where she holds a joint appointment with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Biological & Health Systems Engineering. Emma was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society (STS) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2011-2012, where she worked 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.
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.
Friederike Gesing is a social/cultural anthropologist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen. She also co-founded the Bremen NatureCultures Lab. She was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during the 2012-2013 academic year. While at Harvard, she was writing up her ethnography on emerging forms of coastal hazard protection in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her work focused on so-called “soft” approaches of dealing with coastal erosion which are commonly framed as “working with, not against nature”. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bremen’s Department of Social Sciences in 2015.
Mads Dahl Gjefsen was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard’s Kennedy School from 2011-2013. During his time in the Program Mads conducted research for his Ph.D. in STS, supervised by Professor Göran Sundqvist and Professor Sheila Jasanoff. Today he facilitates technology transfer activities in the University of Wisconsin system as Regional Associate for the WiSys Technology Foundation.
Alex Görsdorf was a research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during the 2008-2009 academic year. His PhD thesis critically examined public participation in science and technology policy, focusing on methods that were designed to bring about public reasoning and democratization. A social anthropologist by training, he has a longstanding interest in combining in-depth empirical studies with social theory. He graduated from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and received his PhD from the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Alex is now working in international development with a focus on freedom of expression and access to information.
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.
Amy Hinterberger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. 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 worked on a Faraday Institute for Science and Religion funded project entitled “Biology and the Law.” Amy received her Ph.D. from LSE’s BIOS Centre and Department of Sociology.
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 Irene Höffken is Assistant Professor in the group Technology, Innovation and Society at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
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.
Ben Hurlbut is assistant professor of biology and society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is trained in science and technology studies with a focus on the history of the modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of bioethics, political theory and science and technology studies.
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 of energy, environment, and technology in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard, 2014) and is currently working on a project examining the relationships between economic theories of growth and the depletion of non-renewable natural resources.
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 associate professor at the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture, Hanyang University, Korea, and is currently involved in the HK Transnational Humanities Project funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. His research interests revolve around the history and cultural politics of science and technology (and of the social sciences) in twentieth-century Korea, the politics of knowledge and expertise, and critical development studies. Kim holds a D.Phil. in materials chemistry from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Edinburgh. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he was responsible for working on the NSF-funded project, “Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Science & Technology Policy: A Cross-National Comparison.”
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 is a senior researcher and a head of research group at the Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment (ETH CASE), Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and a Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. After her master at the ETH Zurich and her PhD at the University of St.Gallen, she was a candidate at the graduate school Collegium Helveticum ETH Zurich, a research associate at the Office for History of Science and Technology at the UC Berkeley, a post doctoral researcher at the Program for Science Studies at the University of Basel, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Schools Program on Science, Technology & Society and a visiting professor at the University of Vienna ‘s Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her research focuses the intersection of science and technology studies (STS), urban studies and sociology of architecture.
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 Ph.D. Candidate in the Research Group on Biomedical Humanities at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan. He is completing a dissertation based on a comparative research project charting the co-productive relationship between scientific and governance innovation in three leading induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research platforms in the United States and the European Union: the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) and the European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC).In parallel, his research interests revolve around the imaginaries and the politics of clinical translation, and its implications for biomedicine and society. On this topic, as part of an ongoing collaborative project originating while at the STS Program, he has co-organized a workshop at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva (May 2015). He was a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013–2014 academic year.
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."
Ingrid Metzler 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 also 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 constitutional foundations.
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.
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).
Ehsan Nabavi is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His research focuses on understanding water conflict formation, evolution, and transformation against the backdrop of Anthropocene, particularly in the Middle East and the Central Asia.
Zoe Nyssa was 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 from 2014-2016. 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.
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.
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.
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 now a lecturer in the Human Geography of the Environment in the School of Environmental Sciences and the University of East Anglia, Norwich UK. Her research is concerned with the intersections between science policy processes and practices of democracy.
Kyriaki Papageorgiou is a Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE in Barcelona, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for Spring 2016. Kyriaki is currently working on her EU-funded Marie Curie project entitled “Innovation in Action: Studying Innovation in Times of Crisis.” Her research looks at the prominence given to innovation as the key to tackling complex socioeconomic challenges, particularly at the European Union policy level. While at Harvard, Kyriaki will be working on two academic articles. The first presents the EU’s “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” (KICs) against the burgeoning management studies literature on hybrid organizations. The second paper reviews emergent innovation trends and explores the broader economic and cultural transformations that these might point to.
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.
Charlie was a visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015-2016 academic year, and is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Charlie’s research focuses on international legal ordering and disordering, including the use of force, management of disasters, and large-scale engineering projects. Her work seeks to uncover discarded histories of international law, calling into question the progress narrative of the contemporary international legal order. She has written on the politics of justifying the use of force, memorialization of the Great War, and the Cold War.
Helge Peters is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society and a DPhil Candidate in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research explores relations between knowledge, power, and materiality in the design and use of computational decision-support tools for environmental governance with a specific focus on fisheries management.
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?
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.
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.
Benjamin Raimbault is a doctoral candidate in STS at the University of Paris-Est Marne la Vallée and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program for the 2015-2016 academic year. 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. Benjamin is an agricultural engineer specialized in sociology of environment graduated from the school AgroParisTech in 2012. In 2013, he received a master in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, writing his dissertation on the emergence of synthetic biology through a scientometric approach.
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 is Head of Sector for "Open Access to Scientific Publications and Data" at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). Before joining DG CONNECT in 2012, Celina worked on open access, open science and science and society issues for the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation for seven years. Prior to joining the European Commission, Celina was a researcher in the field of comparative public policy at the University of Zurich. Her fields of specialisation included genetically modified food and assisted reproductive technology. Celina holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and foreign affairs (Universities of Virginia, Munich and Zurich) and been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the European University Institute.
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.
Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. She founded and directs the Science and Justice Research Center at UCSC. After undergraduate and postgraduate training in developmental and molecular biology, Reardon earned 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 theDivision 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 in Women’s Studies at Duke University from 2004–2005.
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 Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical History & Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. His interests lie in using human stem cells together with emerging engineering methods in material science and synthetic biology to make smarter therapeutics, model human disease, and advance personalized medicine. As a Society in Science-Branco Weiss Fellow, he worked with Sheila Jasanoff at Harvard University on “The Constitutional Foundations of Bioethics: A Cross-National Comparison” from September 2010 to December 2011. He is also affiliated with Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
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.
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 works in the area of research policy as a senior policy officer at the Lower Saxonian Ministry for Science and Culture. She has received a M.A. in Political Science from Hannover University, a M.A. in European Science and Technology-Studies (EASST) from Linköping Universitet/Sweden and Université Louis Pasteur in Stasbourg/France, and was a stipendiary fellow at an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Science Studies at Bielefeld University. She holds a Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) from Bielefeld University.
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 investigated the ontological settlement of the human embryo during the German reunification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an Assistant Professor at Providence College in Global Studies. Her areas of expertise include social inequality, political sociology, and social demography. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University. Vithayathil was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2012–2013 academic year. During her time with the Harvard STS Program, she was working on her dissertation, a qualitative study of the production of social data during a contemporary census in India. This research 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.
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 Winickoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of the Berkeley Program in STS and Ph.D. Designated Emphasis in STS. He is currently serving as Senior Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.