Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University



On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in a 6-3 vote, ending the constitutional right to abortion. Last week’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization demonstrates the increasingly conservative direction of the court and prompts questions about the implications for civil rights, American democracy and political polarization, and health policy.

Read responses and analysis from Harvard Kennedy School faculty members:
Erica Chenoweth: The role of activism in protecting civil rights
Archon Fung: Dobbs and democratic legitimacy
Sheila Jasanoff: Seize back the political discourse on life
Jane Mansbridge: The struggle shifts
Zoe Marks: Breaking the silence
Pippa Norris: Exceptionalism, again? America attitudes towards abortion
Maya Sen: The implications of a conservative U.S. Supreme Court
Sarah Wald: How the decision in Dobbs could have an impact on other protected civil rights
See also an in-depth Q&A with Professor Maya Sen on the political and legal ramifications of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.
Register your interest now for submitting to "Future Humans: An Anthology," a speculative fiction festival for the Harvard community.
Sheila Jasanoff wins Holberg Prize, one of the the world’s most prestigious awards in the social sciences.
This year's Science and Democracy Network meeting will be held at Harvard from July 27-30, 2022. Check the SDN website soon for registration details.
Congratulations to Annelisa Kingsbury Lee for winning this year's STS Undergraduate Essay Prize for her paper on "Ultrasupercritical Coal as Viral Technology: The Chinese Case."

Welcome to STS

Science and technology permeate every aspect of our lives, from the most private decisions about reproduction and medical treatment to the most public choices concerning risk, development, security, and the quality and sustainability of the human environment. Virtually every dilemma that confronts people and governments in contemporary societies demands significant engagement with science and technology.

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides unique resources for coping with the resulting challenges for scientific and technological innovation, civil liberties, informed citizenship, and democratic government. Learn more.


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Fellows program


STS Circle at Harvard

Ya-Wen Lei
April 25, 2022, 12:15-1:30PM.

Please register on Zoom here.

Marcia K. McNutt

With panel discussion by Jason Furman, James H. Stock, and Latanya Sweeney.

March 23, 2022, 5:00pm-7:00pm ET.
May 4, 2022, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Rubenstein 414 A.B., the David Ellwood Democracy Lab, Harvard Kennedy School

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