Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

Supplemental Readings

Additional background readings proposed by the faculty responsible for each session that you do not have to read in advance. 


Classic Controversies

Acton, James and Mark Hibbs. Why Fukushima Was Preventable. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012.


Watkins, Michael D., and Max H. Bazerman. “Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming.” Harvard Business Review 81, no. 3 (2003): 72-85.


Environmental Governance

Jasanoff, Sheila, “Unsettled Settlements.” In Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.


Jasanoff, Sheila. “A New Climate for Society.” Theory, Culture & Society 27, no. 2-3 (2010): 233-253.


Expertise in Law and Science

Ahmed, Aziza. “Medical Evidence and Expertise in Abortion Jurisprudence.” American Journal of Law & Medicine 41, no. 1 (2015): 85-118.


Jasanoff, Sheila. “The Eye of Everyman: Witnessing DNA in the Simpson Trial.” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 28, No. 5-6 (1998): 713-740.


Jasanoff, Sheila. “What Judges Should Know about the Sociology of Science,” Jurimetrics, Vol. 32, No. 3 (1992): 345-359


Rule of Experts: Standards and their Failures

Busch, Lawrence. “The Private Governance of Food: Equitable Exchange or Bizarre Bazaar?” Agriculture and Human Values 28, no. 3 (2011): 345-352.


Busch, Lawrence. Standards: Recipes for Reality. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011.


Busch, Lawrence, and Kyle Powys Whyte. “On the Peculiarity of Standards: A Reply to Thompson.” Philosophy & Technology25, no. 2 (2012): 243-248.


Danielsen, Dan. “Local Rules and a Global Economy: An Economic Policy Perspective.” Transnational Legal Theory 1, no. 1 (2010): 49-115.


Danielsen, Dan. “Trade, Distribution and Development Under Supply Chain  Capitalism.” Globalization Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for World Trade and Investment, ed. David Trubek, Alvaro Santos and Chantal Thomas, eds. (London: Anthem Publishing, 2019).


IGLP Law and Global Production Working Group. “The Role of Law in Global Value Chains: A Research Manifesto.” London Review of International Law 4, no. 1 (2016): 57-79.


Lampland, Martha, and Susan Leigh Star, eds. Standards and Their Stories: How Quantifying, Classifying, and Formalizing Practices Shape Everyday Life. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.


Thompson, Paul B. ““There’s an App for That”: Technical Standards and Commodification by Technological Means.” Philosophy & Technology 25, no. 1 (2012): 87-103.


Public Understanding and Democracy

Floridi, Luciano. “Artificial Intelligence, Deepfakes and a Future of Ectypes.” Philosophy & Technology 31, no. 3 (2018): 317-321.


Jasanoff, Sheila. “Civic Epistemology.” In Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States pp. 247-271. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.


Suwajanakorn, Supasorn, Steven M. Seitz, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman. “Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio.” ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) 36, no. 4 (2017): 95.


Torbet, Georgina. “Samsung’s New A.I. Software Makes Generating Fake Videos Even Easier.” Digital Trends. May 27, 2019.


Zakharov, Egor, Aliaksandra Shysheya, Egor Burkov, and Victor Lempitsky. “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1905.08233(2019).


Innovation, Risk, and Responsibility

Barons, Jessica. “Life Insurers Can Use Social Media Posts to Determine Premiums, as Long as They Don’t Discriminate.” Forbes, February 4, 2019.


Miller, Clark A. “Interrogating the civic epistemology of American democracy: Stability and Instability in the 2000 US Presidential Election.” Social Studies of Science 34, no. 4 (2004): 501-530.


Miller, Clark. “Knowledge and Democracy: The Epistemics of Self-Governance.” In Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond, pp. 198-219. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Miller, C., and T. A. Muñoz-Erickson. “Designing knowledge.” The Rightful Place of Science, Book Series; Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ, USA (2017).