Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Shana Rabinowich Ashar

Assistant Director
Program on Science, Technology and Society
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Tel: 617-495-5636

Shana Rabinowich Ashar is the Assistant Director of the Program on Science, Technology and Society. In this role, she oversees all of the STS Program’s administrative operations, finances, and events. She manages the Program’s fellowship program and administers the STS Secondary Field.  In collaboration with the STS Program’s partners across the university, she serves as the lead organizer for the STS Circle, the Science and Democracy Lecture Series, and other major workshops and panels. She also provides administrative leadership for the Program’s websites, the Science and Democracy Network and the Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition.

Shana holds an MA in Higher Education Administration and a BA in English, both from Boston College. Before joining the STS Program in 2010, Shana worked on international research programs, events, and administration at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Alex Wellerstein

Design Coordinator
Program on Science, Technology and Society

Alex Wellerstein is the Design Coordinator for the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. In this role, he has designed most of the websites and print media (including posters and fliers) used by the STS Program since 2006. He also designed the STS Program logo.

His work as a graphic designer and web developer has been parallel with his work as an historian and STS scholar. Alex received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2010. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (International Security Program/Managing the Atom) in 2010-2011. From 2011-2014 he was an Associate Historian at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, MD. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

He researches the history of nuclear weapons, with an emphasis on the history of nuclear secrecy in the United States, and is the author of Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog (