Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Current Fellows

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 past fellows, see the links on the left. Below are a list of the current fellows with the program and a brief description of their backgrounds and interests, with links to more detailed pages containing more detailed information.

Abhigya

Abhigya is a doctoral candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her research lies at the intersection of Public Policy and Science and Technology Studies. It draws upon theories of co-production of risk, uncertainty and ambivalence, controversy studies, and law-science interactions in regulation. Her doctoral thesis looks at the diverse understandings of health and environmental risks associated with the use of agricultural pesticides in paddy cultivation in North India.

Alberto Aparicio

Alberto Aparicio is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Observatory for Genome Editing (https://global-observatory.orgat the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include the governance of biotechnology and societal responses to shifting meanings and attitudes about life in contemporary bioscience, as well as the framing and social relevance of technoscience. In his previous research project at Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (Colombia), he examined the role of the value of biodiversity in imagining and shaping Colombian bioeconomy policy. Alberto completed his PhD at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of University College London in 2019, where he studied the construction of safety in synthetic biology by scientists as responsible governance.

Nicole West Bassoff

Nicole West Bassoff is a PhD student in Public Policy and STS at Harvard Kennedy School and one of the organizers of the Graduate Research in STS (GRiSTS) Conference. She is interested broadly in interrogating the expert understandings of publics and public good that motivate technocratic forms of governance.

Margarita Boenig-Liptsin

Margarita (Margo) Boenig-Liptsin is a Research Associate at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS). She continuing the work she began as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016) with Sheila Jasanoff on a National Science Foundation funded project, "Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation: The Practice Turn and Its Transnational Implementation."  The project examines how three models of innovation have become go-to answers for socioeconomic challenges confronting 21st century nations.

Gabriela Bortz

Gabriela Bortz is a Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Science, Technology & Society Program, a Full-Researcher at CONICET (National Science Council, Argentina) working at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology of Science and Technology (UNAHUR). She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA), MA in Science, Technology, and Society (UNQ) with a Political Science graduate background (UBA). Her work focuses on Policies and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Innovation for inclusive and sustainable development. In particular, her research interest is on the social utility of S&T in biotechnology to solve social and environmental problems, as well as the possibilities for wider actor participation in STI governance. She is currently exploring co-production of the Bioeconomy as a sociotechnical imaginary in Argentina and Latin America.

Regula Valérie Burri

Regula Valérie Burri is a Professor in science and technology studies (STS) at Hafen City University (HCU) Hamburg, Germany, a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard’s program on Science, Technology & Society, and a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 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. She is the founder of artLAB, an experimental research and teaching format involving art practice. She has been a co-director of a postgraduate program on artistic research in Hamburg, and the director of an artistic research project on visions of artificial intelligence.

Austin Clyde

Austin Clyde is a computer science Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago and a visiting research fellow in the Science, Technology & Society Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research examines the natural sciences’ adoption of artificial intelligence as a practice for knowledge production. As scientific research accelerates with computing, his work aims to understand the implications of self-driving laboratories and ‘autonomous discovery’ on the nuanced relationship between science, democracy, and citizens.

Gabriel Dorthe

Gabriel is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a research project entitled “Shadows of Geoengineering: The co-production of competing regimes of expertise in climate governance”, co-hosted by the Harvard STS Program and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam. He holds a PhD in philosophy and environmental humanities (University of Lausanne & University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne).

Karl Dudman

Karl Dudman is a Fulbright postgraduate scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Oxford's Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. With a background in anthropology, climate change politics and communication, Karl's research explores the co-production of public climate 'silence' in the US. His ongoing fieldwork, hosted by the North Carolina State Climate Office, examines how actors within climate science, coastal management and local politics navigate accelerating sea level rise in the context of widespread ambivalence towards the mainstream climate change narrative. Karl is also a photographer, and through his work explores the politics of competing cultural relationships with landscapes, and their subsequent representation.

Sam Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans is a Research Fellow with the Program for Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Research Associate John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Sam is involved in many aspects of the work of the Program, and his current projects include research on security governance of science and emerging technology, and methods for STS researchers to engage with engineers and scientists on the social and political aspects of very early stage research. He is also the Project Coordinator for the Trust in Science project (in collaboration with the Harvard Data Science Initiative)

Yousif Hassan

Yousif Hassan is a Research Fellow with the program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and PhD (ABD) with the Science and Technology Studies (STS) program at York University. His areas of interest are human-computer interactions, critical algorithm studies, the political economy of technoscience, critical innovation studies, communication studies, and intersectional and decolonial STS. His current research focuses on the social, economic, and political implications of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the digital platform economy examining the relationship between race, digital technology, and technoscientific capitalism. His PhD dissertation investigates the sociotechnical knowledge production practices of the state, scientists, and the tech industry focusing on the development of AI and its innovation ecosystem across multiple African countries.

Onur Özgöde

Onur Özgöde is an economic sociologist whose work lies at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS), sociology of expertise, American political development, and history of economic thought and political economy. He is interested in how economic expertise forms co-produces the state and the economy and, with it, socio-economic problems, such as systemic risk in financial systems, climate change, and inequality, that are produced by markets but cannot be addressed through market-based governance strategies. Onur joined the Program in Science, Technology, and Society as a Senior Research Fellow in the summer of 2020 to work on the US economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics (CompCoRe) project, led by Sheila Jasanoff and Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell University. 

Pariroo Rattan

Pariroo Rattan is a PhD student in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society. She is interested in thinking closely about the politics of narratives of “progress” in relation to institutions of knowledge production. In particular, her dissertation will focus on how the introduction of scientific methods in theoretical and applied Economics has shaped discourse on "development" and explore contestations on the ground.

Kyoko Sato

Kyoko Sato is Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University and Senior Researcher on the Harvard STS Program's project, “The Fukushima Disaster and the Cultural Politics of Nuclear Power in the United States and Japan(2013-2016). The project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with Sheila Jasanoff as the Principal Investigator, and explores how postwar nuclear governance evolved in Japan and the United States, as well as the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Stefan Schäfer

Stefan Schäfer is a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also leads a research group at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, and is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. His research examines how a wide array of stakeholders, agendas, and bodies of knowledge shape the ongoing development of climate engineering as a set of imaginaries, discourses and policy options.

Hilton Simmet

Hilton Simmet is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and a Research Associate in the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Harvard Kennedy School. His research examines how analytic tools in economics, political science, and other quantitative social science fields construct narratives of social progress that guide public policies aiming to “solve” problems of development and inequality. Drawing on the politics of knowledge in STS, his work confronts conventional accounts of democracy in political theory to unlock alternatives for human flourishing in an expert-ruled 21st century.

Nicole Sintetos

Nicole Sintetos is a Ph.D candidate in American Studies at Brown University, where she is also an affiliate at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). Her dissertation, “Reclamation: Race, Labor, and the Mapping of Settler States” is a long durée environmental history of Tule Lake Segregation Center. Over the course of five chapters spanning chronologically from the 1873 Modoc War to the passage of the Environmental Protection Act in 1970, the dissertation reads global processes through the space of the local in order to make legible the entanglements of race, labor, and settler colonial technologies that formed in the wake of shifting Bureau of Reclamation policies. Her teaching and research sit at the intersection of Relational Ethnic Studies, Critical Geography, Science, Technology and Society Studies, and Environmental History. In 2021, she will serve as the co-PI alongside Erin Aoyama of an NPS-funded digital humanities initiative, the Japanese American MemoryscapeProject.

Derek So

Derek So is a PhD Candidate in Human Genetics at McGill University's Centre of Genomics and Policy. His thesis examines the human germline gene editing debate and the conceptual frameworks that stakeholders use when imagining genetically modified people - particularly the way in which future people's traits are reified into independent modules like building blocks rather than being discussed in combination or in context. Derek's interdisciplinary research incorporates psychology, theology, and science fiction to explore how these frameworks come about and how alternatives might contribute to the richness of the debate. As a Visiting Fellow in the STS Program, he will be helping to organize a project titled "Imaginations of the Human" that aims to bring together science fiction authors for a series of conversations on gene editing, enhancement and the future of humanness."

Alistair Sponsel

Alistair Sponsel is Senior Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society  at Harvard and Historian of the Life Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His current research topics include the emergence of Cambridge, UK as a center for biotechnology research, the history of marine science, and the history of Pacific islands and islanders. He is the author of Darwin’s Evolving Identity (Chicago, 2018) and an associate editor of two volumes of The Correspondence of Charles DarwinSponsel received his Ph.D. in history of science from Princeton University and he was a member of the history faculty at Vanderbilt University from 2012 to 2018. He has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Makoto Takahashi

Makoto is a Fulbright-Lloyd's Fellow and a Lecturer at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society, TU Munich. His core interests lie in how societies come to understand technological risks and how they decide who can credibly inform policy. He received his BA, MPhil, and PhD from the University of Cambridge, writing his thesis on how expert authority is claimed and contested in conditions of low public trust. This project drew upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork, conducted in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, and won the American Association of Geographers' Jacques May Thesis Prize. Makoto has previously held a Visiting Fellowship at Waseda University (2017) and a Science and Technology Studies (STS) Fellowship at Harvard University (2019). He is currently curating a photography exhibit that explores the legacy of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Picturing the Invisible opens at the Royal Geographical Society on 25 October 2021.

Nicolas Zehner

Nicolas Zehner is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting research fellow in the Science, Technology & Society Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. In his research he aims to shed light on the practice of city-making by examining how urban planning agents construct and diffuse specific urban-regional sociotechnical imaginaries. In particular, his dissertation focuses on the role of scientific expertise in the drive for ‘smart urbanism’.