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.

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.

Jorge Benavides-Rawson

Jorge Benavides-Rawson is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the George Washington University and a Visiting Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS). His dissertation research examines the interaction of public health policy-makers, scientists, and the media as coproducers of international and global policies for epidemics and pandemics. To trace the coproduction of pandemics, Jorge is conducting multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, comparing diverse forms of knowledge production about Zika and Covid-19 in various locations of the United States and his home country of Costa Rica. 

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.

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).

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)

August Lindemer

August Lindemer is a PhD Candidate in Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. His doctoral research looks at the climate change communication practices of health professionals in the context of Germany and the United Kingdom. Of particular interest to his research are climate activist efforts taken by health professionals involved in organizations such as Doctors for XR and the standing of climate scientific knowledge in the reasoning behind such involvements.

Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen is a PhD candidate at L'institut national de la recherche scientifique in Montreal. For her dissertation, her work focuses on tracing the rhetoric of science throughout food writing, first by examining the significance of the novels of the 18th and 19th centuries for the creation of science as a discipline. More broadly, she is interested in the construction of scientific authority, the counter narrative of technology as a literary foil, and the novel as an object of public inquiry. In addition to being an active member of the food media community, she edits and freelances for literary food journals.

Alana Lajoie O’Malley

Alana Lajoie O’Malley is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Ottawa, a member of UOttawa’s Science and Society Collective, and a Visiting Fellow (2020-21) in the Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her current research on techno-scientific controversies at the intersection of climate change, resource extraction, and settler colonialism follows a decade working as a sustainability professional and community organizer engaging with universities, grassroots community groups, NGOs, and several orders of government.

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.

Matthew Sample

Matthew Sample is currently senior research fellow at Harvard STS, working on critiques of philosophy and societal aspects of human genome editing. Matthew was a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Washington and a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program 2014-16. From 2012-2016, he was affiliated with the National Science Foundation Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) as a graduate ethics researcher, helping to design ethics infrastructure within an engineering research cluster and to collaborate with scientists and engineers.

Dan Santos

Dan is a PhD candidate in Geography at Clark University and a Visiting Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. His work sits at the intersection between economic geography, nature-society geography, and STS. He is broadly interested in the material, political-economic and social dynamics of science and technological innovation, especially related to synthetic biology and genetic engineering. His dissertation examines how science and biotechnology are being ‘democratized’ in community science labs.  

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.

Shelly Simana

Shelly Simana is an S.J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School, where she conducts research in the fields of bioethics, health law, and STS studies. She holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B.) as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Government (B.A.) from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel. Shelly has served as a teaching fellow and a research assistant in the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Harvard University. She also served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, one of the most distinguished centers for bioethics scholarship and training in the United States. Before her graduate studies at Harvard Law School, Shelly practiced law as an attorney and represented clients (e.g., pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions) and provided counseling on regulatory issues affecting the health and life sciences industry. She was also involved in drafting legislation bills in the health care field.

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.

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.

Roxana Vatanparast

Roxana Vatanparast is a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Turin, Department of Law.  She is also an Affiliate of the Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia Law School and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Law and Technology.  Her work is broadly concerned with the co-production of technology and technocratic projects of global governance.  While with the STS Program, she will do research on the marketplace of ideas and the role of digital platforms in governing online speech.

Gili Vidan

Gili Vidan is a Fellow at the Harvard STS Program and a PhD student at the Harvard History of Science Department. Her work is broadly concerned with questions of governance at the intersection of digital information technologies, law, and politics. Gili’s dissertation traces technical attempts to solve the problems of trust and transparency, especially through the development of electronic payment systems and public key cryptography in late 20th- and early 21st-century U.S.