Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard|
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 current Fellows, see the links on the left. Below are a list of the past Fellows with the program and a brief description of their backgrounds and interests, with links to more detailed pages containing more detailed information as well as a list of their most recent publications. Some of the information below may be out of date; to update their information, former Fellows should e-mail the site administrator.
Erik Aarden is a postdoctoral assistant at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna, Austria. He was a visiting fellow at the program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Kennedy School of Government in 2012-2014. His research and teaching interests include the relations between science, technology and democratic politics and questions of distributive justice, public health and the economics, regulation and politics of biomedical research and innovation. In his work, Erik focuses on the comparative positioning of his fields of interest in different geographical, cultural and epistemic spaces.
Gabriele Abels is a Jean Monnet Professor of comparative politics and European integration. She was a visiting fellow at the program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Kennedy School of Government in 2012. She was a doctoral fellow at the Science Centre Berlin (WZB) and received her Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in political science from the University of Essen in 1999. In 2001 she joined the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT) at Bielefeld University, Germany, and finished her professoral thesis (Habilitation) in 2006. In 2007 she became a full professor at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Her approach to STS combines “classical” questions derived from political science with sociological perspectives.
Antony Adler is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the History Department at Carleton College. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the program on Science, Technology and Society in 2015-2016. His current research examines the history of physical oceanography and marine geo-engineering in the twentieth century, with particular focus on Gulf Stream current research. While at Harvard, Antony will work on a book project based on his dissertation, The Ocean Laboratory: Exploration, Fieldwork, and Science at Sea.
Anna M. Agathangelou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University. She was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014-2015. Her current research focuses on corporeality and the use of science, technology, and law knowledge in global power shifts and social order. She is also currently engaged in a study of the global and political dimensions of post-conflict DNA identification of the missing and disappeared in a variety of contexts. While at Harvard, Anna is working on two projects: (1) writing a book that focuses on the use of the genetic technology of DNA, law and science in post-conflict humanitarian projects; its title is Emerging Legal and Forensic Bioconstitutional Order(s) in Post-Conflict Cyprus; and (2) organizing a project focusing on the dialogue of International Relations with STS, engaging the relations of epistemology, materiality, and social order; the project’s title is Worlding STS: The Biography of Sheila Jasanoff.
Peter Alagona is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern in 1995, and his PhD from UCLA in 2006. From 2006-08, he was a STS Fellow at the Kennedy School and Beagle Fellow in the Center for the Environment at Harvard. From 2008-09, he was a Bill Lane Fellow at Stanford.
Alessandro Allegra is a 2018-2019 Visiting Research Fellow and a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a doctoral candidate in STS at University College London (UCL), working on the role of cultural differences in the provision of scientific advice to policymaking in the European Union.
S. M. Amadae is a research fellow with the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science in the University of Helsinki’s Dept. of Political and Economic science, and a research affiliate in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2013-2014. She was working with Professor Sheila Jasanoff on studying comparative rationalities and rationales in public policy from the US to Europe. She is also exploring the contested politics of counting, from ballots and tax dollars, to war casualties.
Alberto Aparicio is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at University College London. His research explores scientific practice in xenobiology, a subfield of synthetic biology, and how it could be governed. During his time at Harvard he plans to engage with the synthetic biology community in Boston and Cambridge. He also aims to analyze the construction of the concept of biological containment in synthetic biology as an imaginary of governance. Alberto is interested in governance and policy of the life sciences and emerging technologies, as well as innovation policy in developing countries.
Jay Aronson is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2003-2004. His research and teaching focus is on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in a variety of contexts. He recently completed a long-term study of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of the missing and disappeared, and been involved in various projects to improve the quality of civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict.
Ellen Bales is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley where her major field was history of science. She is currently working on a project on the Supreme Court's 1993 Daubert decision and its subsequent impact on science and law.
Ingrid Foss Ballo is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a PhD candidate in Environmental Geography at the University of Bergen. Her current research focuses on public reasoning and sociotechnical imaginaries of new and emerging energy technologies, and the coproduction of “smart grid” technology and the “smart” energy society. During her time at Harvard she will study interactions between imaginaries of “smart” energy futures at different scales. She will also participate in a European research project on smart meters and social acceptability and in an international research group working on Smart Grids & Smart Cities.
Ari Barell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Jacques Loeb Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences Ben-Gurion University. He was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. During his stay, he worked on a project entitled Science and State: Techno-Science and the Formation of Israel. This study will examine the relations that evolved between the emerging Israeli political center and the techno-scientific establishments in Israel's early years. It will explore the role that science and technology have played in the formation and stabilization of the Israeli state, and the role that the state has played in their development.
Elizabeth S. Barron is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University in 2010, after which she completed a joint three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and the Program on Science, Technology & Society (2010-2013). Her work on environmental governance and conservation incorporates critical social theory and biogeography to explore multiple discourses of nature, environmental management and decision-making.
Jeremy recently completed his PhD thesis on ‘Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the end of nature’. He is now working on a project looking at expertise at the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. He is particularly interested in the ways in which notions of the Anthropocene and of post-nature are mobilised in relation to emergent technologies. Other research interests include environmental politics in the global South and their relationship to the development project. Whilst at Harvard he plans to commence work on the contested politics of energy and development in contemporary South Africa.
Tom Bauler is a Spring 2013 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and Assistant Professor and Chair of Environment and Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he teaches ecological economics. His research focuses on the governance of alternative indicators for well-being, particularly on the dynamics of “beyond-GDP” indicators and the institutionalization of the policy agenda. Tom also conducts a series of research efforts on “governance of transitions” from the perspective of grassroots innovations. While at the STS Program, he will investigate the dynamics of current American actors in this domain with the objective to elaborate on a comparative analysis of the respective US and European policy agendas.
Les Beldo was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a visiting fellow at the STS Program for Spring 2016. His current research examines the implicit norms and values that are built into federal policies for fish and wildlife management in the United States, including the ways in which those assumptions are challenged and reproduced in contemporary environmental conflicts. He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, which tracked the substantial consequences of federal fisheries management oversight on the continued conflict over Makah indigenous whaling in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Ruha Benjamin is professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science and medicine, race and technology, knowledge and power. She is author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford 2013), Race After Technology (Polity 2019), and editor of Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Duke 2019), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Professor Benjamin received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, MA and PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics and Harvard University’s Science, Technology, and Society Program. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Institute for Advanced Study. In 2017, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.
Jan Peter Bergen is a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology, and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2015. His research in Delft is part of a larger project on experimentation with new technologies in society, with him focusing on the role of technological reversibility in responsible experimentation with nuclear energy technologies. In his work, Jan combines insights from sociology, innovation studies and STS, as well as philosophical pragmatism and 20th century phenomenology.
Stève Bernardin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, where he works on social issues and public problems related to the development of so-called “smart cities” and “autonomous vehicles” in France and the United States. He was a Fulbright Fellow and an Arthur Sachs Scholar in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 2006-2007.
Thomas Bertorelli is currently an Insights Analyst at My-Take, LLC. Thomas Bertorelli was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2016-2017. He was also a PhD student in Sociology at Brandeis University in 2013-2017. Thomas’ developing research interests focus on the globalization of the clinical trials industry. He is designing a research project in order to better understand how connections between political, economic, and pharmaceutical interests shape the development and practice of transnational health research.
Rachel Biderman represents the World Resources Institute in Braziland was a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2009. She has been the vice-coordinator and researcher at the Center for Sustainability Studies at the Business Administration School of Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil (FGV), and was a professor at FGV MBA on the Management of Sustainability and a Ph.D. student at the Public Administration Department of the Business Administration School of FGV. She holds two masters degrees: one in Environmental Sciences (MSc), from Universidade de São Paulo (1999), and the other in International Legal Studies, from the American University Washington College of Law, D.C.(1992). She holds a Law Degree from Universidade de São Paulo (1990).
Alessandro Blasimme is a postdoctoral researcher in the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at the Department of Public Health of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was a Visting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014. His research focuses on innovation in biomedicine and on its ethical, regulatory and political consequences. He is particularly interested in the evolution of evidentiary standards of risk assessment and clinical validation with respect to highly promissory instances of biomedical innovation, such as regenerative medicine and personalized medicine.
Anders Blok is currently a Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Copenhagen University. He was a Visting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2008-2009. He has previously worked at the Danish National Environmental Research Institute (2004-5), and from 2005-2007, he was research student at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, on a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Science, Technology and Education (Monbukagakusho). Combining an interest in STS with a background in socio-political theory and environmental sociology, his research focuses on the knowledge politics of science in global processes of environmental governance. Theoretically and empirically, it attempts to examine how knowledge claims are authorised, negotiated, stabilized, or contested in situated instances of global nature, using an ethnographic case study methodology. In particular, Anders has written extensively on the knowledge politics of the long-standing conflicts surrounding Japanese whaling. Alongside his PhD thesis, he is currently finishing a critical introductory book (in Danish) on the work of leading STS theorist, Bruno Latour.
Adam Bly was a Visiting Senior Fellow with the STS Program from 2013-2015. With a unifying mission of modernizing science’s place in society, he created Seed, ScienceBlogs, and Visualizing. He is currently CEO of Data and AI Startup (Stealth Mode). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He has lectured widely on the role of science in modern society, including at the: World Economic Forum in Davos, Royal Society, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, STS Forum, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, National Academies of Science, National Science Board, U.S Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, NIH, NASA, and Museum of Modern Art, as well as at universities including Harvard, MIT, and Peking.
Christophe Bonneuil is a Senior researcher at the Centre A. Koyre of History of Science (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS) and associate researcher at the Institut National de la recherche Agronomique - INRA (Science in Society Unit, IFRIS).
Maud Borie was a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2013. Maud is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at King's College London. Maud was a PhD student with the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in England, where she adopted a STS approach to study the politics of global environmental assessments (GEAs). Maud is designing her research project around different case studies in order to reveal the kinds of knowledges and the framings that are being adopted in these global settings to tackle the “biodiversity crisis”.
Francesca Bosisio works at the Lausanne University Hospital (Switzerland) and is an associate researcher at the Health Psychology Research Centre and at the Interface Science-Society of the University of Lausanne. She studied health psychology and sociology of sciences and received an in-depth training in research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative. She was a Visting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2016-2017. Her studies focus on the broad consent to genomic medicine and the public’s perceptions.
Aurelien Bouayad is currently visiting researcher and lecturer at FGV Brazil. Aurelien Bouayad was a Fall 2013 Visiting Fellow with the STS Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at Sciences Po Paris Law School. His dissertation examines the processes involved in the translation of cultural diversity in adjudication. He focuses in particular on the role of cultural expertise in high-profile environmental disputes, which involve minority practices toward the environment that are said to contravene environmental regulations. Aurelien received a M.A. in Law from Sciences Po Paris and a M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from EHESS in Paris. In Spring 2014, he will be a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at SOAS in London.
Henri Boullier is a post-doctoral fellow at Cermes3, the Center for research in medicine, science, health, and society. He is a sociologist and ethnographer of administrative work, interested in the social construction of risks, how regulatory knowledge is produced and the role played by firms in the making of regulatory science and decisions. He was a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011-2012.
Anna is a PhD candidate in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research interests lie in investigating the politics of expertise, particularly in relation to climate change policy. Her PhD project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) analyses how epistemic authority about climate change-related risks is achieved in developing country contexts. In doing so she hopes to contribute to environmental governance by examining how to make climate change policy more inclusive and effective. While at Harvard, Anna will research the ways in which the persuasiveness of environmental expertise is affected by the context of its endorsement in society.
Regula Valérie Burri is a Professor in science and technology studies (STS) at HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg, Germany. 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.
Lydie Cabane currently works as Postdoctoral Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute for Research on Innovation and Society (IFRIS) and was affiliated with the CERMES3 (Research Centre on Health, Medicine, Science and Society) in Paris, France. Her current research focuses on how science and universities have shaped the field of ‘global health’. She was a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014. During her stay, she will conduct empirical research on how North American universities have developed ‘global health’ curricula, programmes and research in relation with the transforming geopolitics of the 21st century.
Tito Carvalho is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, and since 2016, he has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. In his dissertation, Tito follows scientists’ involvement in a number controversies about race in the middle of the twentieth century to analyze more general themes concerning the co-production of natural and social orders.
Chul Choi is Professor of Law at HUFS Law School of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program. He is undertaking a PhD program at the STP Graduate School of KAIST. His research explores interaction between science, technology and law, focusing on intellectual property law and biomedical sector, from the perspectives of propertization and financialization. He has been involved in IP policy and conducted research with regard to IP finance, acting as an expert committee member of the IP Council of Prime Minister’s Office and the Presidential Council on IP Policy of Korea.
Henry Cowles is a Ph.D. candidate in History and History of Science at Princeton University. His research centers on how developments in the life and human sciences (specifically psychology and evolutionary biology) overlap with larger trends in philosophical and social thought. In his dissertation, he explores this interaction in the form of methodological debates between philosophers, psychologists, and other scientists in the decades around 1900. At Harvard, he will focus on the impact of evolutionary accounts of mind on contemporaneous ideas about “public reason” in the early-twentieth-century United States.
Maggie Curnutte is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Foundation Medicine. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011-12. Maggie’s interests lie in understanding and improving healthcare systems. Her training lends insight when analyzing pressing policy issues and developing creative solutions.
Laurence Delina is a postdoctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and was a Spring 2016 visiting fellow at the STS Program. His work explores the governance and institutional arrangements in the politics and policy of sustainability, with particular focus on sustainable energy transitions and climate mitigation. On these broad issues, he is interested on the scalar and temporal qualities of socioeconomic changes, sociotechnical transitions, energy policy, and nonviolent social movements. Laurence was an STS visiting fellow in Spring 2013 and returns to Harvard to continue his work on the climate action movement, and the future of energy in developing countries.
Michael Aaron Dennis is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College and a Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. His current work focuses on the integration of science and technology into US grand strategy. During his time at Harvard, he will also be contributing to the National Science Foundation project, “Traveling Imaginaries: A Comparative Study of Three Models of Innovation in Their Transnational Implementation.”
Denia Djokić is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program for Science, Technology and Society, both at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is broadly interested in governance of nuclear energy technology, and her current research explores topics in responsibility and liability in the context of severe nuclear accidents. Her past research has encompassed issues in radioactive waste management and advanced fuel cycle systems analysis.
Tess Doezema is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Science, Technology and Society Program, and a Doctoral Candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Her dissertation examines the interconnected ways right economic order and biological good are conceived as productive of good governance and human wellbeing in the U.S., Brazil, and in between.
Robert Doubleday is the Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. He was a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2001-2002.He works at the intersection of science and technology studies with geography, and focuses on the politics of science and emerging technologies. Doubleday is the principle investigator on a three-year Wellcome Trust funded project that studies the public dimensions of nano-biotechnology. The project involves policy analysis, laboratory studies and the development of novel collaborative methods, working with scientists to elaborate the public issues raised by their research.
Rachel Douglas-Jones is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2013 from Durham University with the doctoral thesis Locating Ethics, which is focused on ethics as a mechanism of research governance in biomedicine.
Jim Dratwa's research and publications address issues of transnational or multi-level expertise, legitimacy, and governance — probing the interfaces between policy making, science, and other knowledge-claims. In particular, building on ethnographic inquiries into international organizations to unpack and enrich notions such as 'responsibility', 'proof', 'ethics', or 'experimentation', he pursues the import of the precautionary principle in risk regulation and of impact assessment in better regulation.
Iris Eisenberger is a researcher and lecturer at Vienna University's Law Faculty, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law. Her research focuses on emerging technologies. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Graz, Austria and a M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain. Currently, she is working on a project on the legal governance of emerging technologies, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, which is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship).
ADRIAN ELY is a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK, and Deputy Director of the STEPS Centre. He has been conducting comparative research on biotechnology regulation and governance since 2001, including projects in the USA, Europe, Kenya and China. More broadly, he is interested in innovation policy and environmental sustainability, and has conducted related interdisciplinary work across the energy, agriculture and health domains. Adrian visited the STS Program in 2004-5, whilst carrying out his PhD fieldwork. His doctoral project, completed in 2006, compared the ways in which scientific evidence was employed in the formulation and support of policies surrounding genetically modified maize (Bt corn).
Laura Fichtner is a PhD candidate and research associate with the Ethics in Information Technology research group at Universität Hamburg’s Department of Informatics in Germany, where she researches and teaches on the intersections of information technology, ethics and politics. In Spring 2020, she is also a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Paulo Fonseca is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. Paulo obtained a PhD in Sociology, through the Program “Governance, Knowledge and Innovation” of the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, where he has also been a Junior Researcher. With a B.D on Physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a M.D on Social Studies of Science and Technology at the University of Salamanca, Paulo´s research interests have centered on the co-production of governance mechanisms related to emerging technologies in peripheral and semiperipheral countries.
Nina Frahm is a 2018-2019 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Currently, she is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Innovation, Society and Public Policy Research Group at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich. In her doctoral research, Nina explores Responsible Innovation as a new paradigm for the transnational governance of science, technology and innovation. In particular, her research critically examines the emergence, institutionalization and circulation of transnational policy frameworks for the alignment of innovation and society.
Susanne Freidberg is Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College and was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research centers on the politics, technoscientific practices and social relationships that shape food supply chains. Her current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines major food companies’ use of science and technology in their efforts to assess and improve the sustainability of raw material supplies.
Shuang L. Frost is a Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society and Ph.D. student in the anthropology department of Harvard University, studying social anthropology with a secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society. Her research interests include digital technology, moral economy, governance, and public policymaking. Her dissertation, entitled "Moralities of a platform: algorithmic governance on China's ride-sharing platforms," explores how, Didi, the largest digital transportation platform in China, has monopolized transportation services and is employing fluid techniques of governance such as invisible monitoring, real-time tracking, and data-feedback to coordinate and discipline its users.
Emma Frow is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, where she holds a joint appointment with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Biological & Health Systems Engineering. Emma was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society (STS) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2011-2012, where she worked on a National Science Foundation project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues called “Life in the Gray Zone: Governance of New Biology in Europe and the United States.”
Laura Frye-Levine is a dual PhD candidate in Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. She has training in earth science, environmental science and policy, sociology, and STS. Laura’s research examines interdisciplinary approaches to environmental sustainability and the quest for value plurality in environmental policy. Her doctoral research is an ethnography of collaboration and knowledge production in an emerging human-environment interdiscipline.
Emanuela Gambini is a researcher in Philosophy of Law at the Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy), Law Faculty, and research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in the Science, Technology and Society Program in 2006.
Nicole Gayard is a PhD Candidate at the Program on Science and Technology Policy, State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard STS Program (2015-2016). Her dissertation analyzes the Brazilian South-South Cooperation in Health, focusing on how scientific and technological aspects of health are enacted through cooperation policies undertaken by an emerging country, and in the leading role of national research institutes in its development. The investigation also explores the implications of this international cooperation movement for global health governance, and the relations between international organizations, public and private sectors.
Friederike Gesing is a social/cultural anthropologist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen. She also co-founded the Bremen NatureCultures Lab. She was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during the 2012-2013 academic year. While at Harvard, she was writing up her ethnography on emerging forms of coastal hazard protection in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her work focused on so-called “soft” approaches of dealing with coastal erosion which are commonly framed as “working with, not against nature”. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bremen’s Department of Social Sciences in 2015.
Amanda Giang is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research addresses challenges at the interface of environmental assessment and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on air pollution and toxics. While at Harvard, she will explore the theory and practice of community engaged research in the study of environmental health through a case study of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program.
Mads Dahl Gjefsen was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard’s Kennedy School from 2011-2013. During his time in the Program Mads conducted research for his Ph.D. in STS, supervised by Professor Göran Sundqvist and Professor Sheila Jasanoff. Today he works as a Regional Associate at WiSys Technology Foundation.
Alex Görsdorf was a research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during the 2008-2009 academic year. His PhD thesis critically examined public participation in science and technology policy, focusing on methods that were designed to bring about public reasoning and democratization. A social anthropologist by training, he has a longstanding interest in combining in-depth empirical studies with social theory. He graduated from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and received his PhD from the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Alex is now working as a Policy Officer at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Mascha Gugganig is a Principal Investigator for Citizen Engagement Project at EIT Food. She was a visiting research fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2014-2015. Her doctoral dissertation deals with intersections between education and activism in regards to land use, food production, and biotechnology on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. While at Harvard, Mascha wrote about ways in which students and educators at a Native Hawaiian charter school as well as a wider public on Kauaʻi negotiate meaning of ʻāina (land) in Hawaiʻi, a place that has become a global research center for genetic engineering.
Alissa J. Haddaji was a Visiting Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School STS program during the 2017-2018 academic year. She is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France) ,a PhD Candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University (USA) and LLM candidate in Air and Space Law at Leiden Law School (Netherlands). A Masters graduate in History/International Relations, Political Science, STS, and Earth Science from La Sorbonne, Brown and Bordeaux University, Alissa joined the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) in 2012. She holds the position of Planetary Protection Project Officer. Her research investigates decision making processes of International Space Risk Management (Planetary Protection, Planetary Defense and Space Debris Reentry) using ethnography, with a focus on the relations between Space Science and Space Law.
Ido Hartogsohn was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government during the 2017-2018 academic year. His current project is an extension of his doctoral research, which examined the ways in which the sociocultural landscape of mid-twentieth century America shaped the reception of psychedelics into American drug research and culture. By presenting several examples of non-pharmacological shaping of drug effects and contrasting these with select cases from the emerging discourse around media addiction and avoidance, Ido's current research aims at a new understanding of the ways in which imaginaries shape the ethics, use and abuse of psychoactive drugs and digital media.
Amy Hinterberger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her principal research interest is at the intersection of the social and life sciences, particularly on bioscientific research and its governance. She was a visiting research fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2014. While at Harvard, Amy worked on a Faraday Institute for Science and Religion funded project entitled “Biology and the Law.” Amy received her Ph.D. from LSE’s BIOS Centre and Department of Sociology.
Pru Hobson-West is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Welfare, Ethics and Society at the University of Nottingham. She was a visiting research fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2006. Pru holds an MA (hons.) from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD investigated organised parental resistance to childhood vaccination policy in the UK. The thesis argues that risk is an insufficient framework for understanding vaccination attitudes, and that issues of trust and images of science and technology are more important.
Johanna Irene Höffken is Assistant Professor in the group Technology, Innovation and Society at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Dustin Holloway was a Non-Stipendiary Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dustin currently works as the Global Team Lead for Seven Bridges in Cambridge, MA. He previously was a scientist at the Center for Cancer Computational Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He also was an appointment on the Ethics Advisory Committee at Dana Farber and is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science at Boston University. Dustin is interested in genome ethics, medical ethics, and synthetic biology.
Karen Huang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behavior with a secondary field in STS at Harvard University. She is also a Fellow in the STS Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Karen works in several interdisciplinary research streams, drawing from STS, ethics, psychology, and political philosophy.
Ben Hurlbut is assistant professor of biology and society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2009-2010. He is trained in science and technology studies with a focus on the history of the modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of bioethics, political theory and science and technology studies.
Connie Johnston is currently an Adjunct Professor of Geography at DePaul College and was a visiting fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the academic year 2012-2013. She also has a Master of Arts in Graduate Liberal Studies from Duke University. Her dissertation research examines, in the United States and Europe, the scientific construction and social negotiation of the concept of farm animal welfare through the activities of three (two US and one European) government-sponsored scientific research programs. She received a 2011-2012 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant to support her fieldwork. As a Harvard STS Fellow, she will complete the analysis and write-up of the results of her research interviews and field observations.
Christopher Jones is a historian of energy, environment, and technology in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2009-2011. He is the author of Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard, 2014) and is currently working on a project examining the relationships between economic theories of growth and the depletion of non-renewable natural resources.
Joakim Juhl is an assistant professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard STS Program in 2013-2017. His research focuses on the normative foundations of technological innovation and its relation to social expectations of science. Joakim contributes to the National Science Foundation funded project, “Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation: The Practice Turn and Its Transnational Implementation”. The project examines the ways in which innovation models are identified and reproduced in different regional settings. As part of his work for the project, Joakim investigates Copenhagen-Malmö and Cambridge, UK.
Kamilla Karhunmaa was a visiting Fulbright fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the 2017-2018 academic year and is a PhD candidate at Helsinki University in environmental policy and science and technology studies. Her PhD research examines the relationships between change and stability in energy policy, and the ways in which energy transitions are debated and negotiated in Finland. While at Harvard, Kamilla will focus on how sociotechnical imaginaries influence national and local level energy policies, and how different societal groups navigate the science-policy gap in energy policy.
Jennifer Keelan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. After completing her PhD at the University of Toronto's Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology in 2004, she was awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2004-06) held at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College of London, and in Program on Science, Technology, and Society at The Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University. Her research interests include public health policy, civic and social epistemology, the Public's understanding of science, and the history of medicine. She is completing a monograph that compares the resistance movements and legal challenges to compulsory immunization in the U.S., Canada and the UK. Current policy research projects include an examination of the need for, and possible design of, a no-fault medical insurance program to address vaccine injuries that arise through compliance with government-recommended immunization policies.
Gouk Tae Kim is a STS (Science, Technology and Society) program research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He has been working on his Ph.D. (ABD) in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech since 2005. His current research interests include STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) Policy and Management, R&D Evaluation, Engineering Education, Global Policy Studies, and Science & Technology in Society. He earned his MSPP and MSIA degrees from Georgia Tech in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and MA in Public Administration fromYonseiUniversity,Seoul,South Korea, in 1999.
Sang-Hyun Kim is associate professor at the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture, Hanyang University, Korea, and is currently involved in the HK Transnational Humanities Project funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. His research interests revolve around the history and cultural politics of science and technology (and of the social sciences) in twentieth-century Korea, the politics of knowledge and expertise, and critical development studies. Kim holds a D.Phil. in materials chemistry from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Edinburgh. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he was responsible for working on the NSF-funded project, “Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Science & Technology Policy: A Cross-National Comparison.”
Christopher Kirchhoff currently is a partner at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Silicon Valley. He recently served in Washington, D.C. and Baghdad, Iraq as the lead writer on a comprehensive study of Iraq reconstruction by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an independent, Congressionally mandated office under the Department of Defense and State. During the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation he served as Editor of the investigation report and has also worked as an aide and speechwriter to several public officials, including the Presidential Science Advisor, and on a Senate and Presidential campaign. Kirchhoff holds an A.B. in History & Science from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude with highest honors, and an M.Phil in Politics from Cambridge University. A champion cross country and track runner, Kirchhoff received the 1996 Wendy's High School Heisman, an award for the nation's top prep scholar athlete. An avid traveler, he has backpacked in over 30 countries, including a trek from Moscow to Singapore overland.
Irem Kok is a Senior Consultant at the Tellus Mater Foundation in London. She was a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Irem recently finished her doctoral studies at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford (2016). Her doctoral project explored issues of corporate transparency and science-policy relationship in environmental regulation of the shale gas industry in the U.S. and U.K. Comparing two countries’ experiences with the unconventional gas development, she examined practice(s) of corporate transparency and scientific disclosure in different political cultures and the influence of industry projects upon national regulatory frameworks.
Monika Kurath is a senior researcher and a head of research group at the Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment (ETH CASE), Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and a Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Monika is also the director for Research & Faculty at the University of St. Gallen. After her master at the ETH Zurich and her PhD at the University of St.Gallen, she was a candidate at the graduate school Collegium Helveticum ETH Zurich, a research associate at the Office for History of Science and Technology at the UC Berkeley, a post doctoral researcher at the Program for Science Studies at the University of Basel, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Schools Program on Science, Technology & Society and a visiting professor at the University of Vienna ‘s Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her research focuses the intersection of science and technology studies (STS), urban studies and sociology of architecture.
Maciej Kuziemski is a PhD researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), at the University of Sussex, UK and a 2018-19 Fulbright-Schuman Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, Maciej will examine US government’s algorithmic practices. In his doctoral research Maciej is studying sociotechnical imaginaries of algorithms and their influence over public sector practices in the US and the UK. His interests include citizen empowerment, policy design and public sector innovation.
Myanna Lahsen is Senior Researcher in the Earth System Science Center in the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) and also affiliated with the the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at University of Colorado. She worked with the Harvard STS Program in 2001-2002. Her research examines environmental politics and the science-policy interface in the United States and Brazil, with a focus on climate change, sustainability, and the Brazilian Amazon.
Brice Laurent is a graduate student at the 'Corps des Mines' in Paris and employed by the French state ministry of industry. He has previously studied the role of consulting companies in industrial research and works now on nanotechnology and public policy, with a special interest on public engagement. He is interested in the ways public approaches are framed in the US and France.
Chris Lawrence is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is generally interested in questions of knowledge as they pertain to arms control and disarmament. While at Harvard, he will examine the making of open-source nuclear intelligence, and the role it plays in the framing of public narratives about weapons of mass destruction.
Moran Levy was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at Columbia University. Her current research examines how the emergence of cancer as a leading cause of death in the U.S. has transformed the institutions of medical research and care. Her work traces how the failure to cure cancer and the need to detect elusive and marginal effects of highly toxic chemotherapeutics led researchers to mesh together medicine and statistics and to construct new infrastructure for producing medical evidence. In particular, her work examines the emergence of large-scale randomized clinical trials. While at Harvard, Moran is focusing on the relation between the standardization of cancer trials and oncological diagnostic classifications.
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.
Allison Marie Loconto is a Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program. Her research examines the governance of transitions to sustainable food systems, paying specific attention to role of standards, metrics and intermediaries in these processes. Her current project (InValueS), funded through the EU FP7 sponsored AgreenSkills+ programme, explores and extends the concept of ‘value’ chains, which enable the circulation of the values, knowledge, techniques, and socio-technical devices through which food systems are governed.
Nicole Lozzi is a graduate student in law at the Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy), studying the Agro-food System (Agrisystem Doctoral School). Her research interests include food safety and food alerts in Europe and the United States. She became interested in comparing the legal and policy choices that form the basis for the current agrofood safety systems through observing several cases of "food emergencies" of public concern that occurred recently in Europe, including BSE, dioxin contamination, and bird flu.
Gregg Macey is Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental law, environmental justice, and property. His research interests include environmental regulation, energy law, organizations, and disaster theory and emergency response. As a Visiting Research Fellow with Harvard's STS Program, he will explore scientific controversies in energy law, including risks across the unconventional oil and gas development lifecycle and the use of civil society research to counter them. In 2017, he also will serve as Visiting Professor at MIT.
Tara Mahfoud is a Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London (KCL), and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society programme at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2009. Tara is an anthropologist of science, technology and medicine interested in the cultural, social, political and clinical contexts and implications of developments in the neurosciences in Europe.
Martin Mahony was a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2012. His current research focuses on the epistemic geographies of climate change, including the practices and politics of scientific assessment and simulation modelling. While at Harvard, Martin is working on a case study of science-policy relationships in Indian climate politics.
Alex Mankoo is a Visiting Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD candidate in the Science and Technology Studies Department at University College London. Alex’s research interests lie in understanding and analysing the trajectories of chemical and biological weapons, and their related imaginaries of security. His PhD research project focuses on the case of teargas in mid 20th-century Britain, and the types of legitimacy it gained in this period.
Luca Marelli is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Research Group on Biomedical Humanities at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan. He is completing a dissertation based on a comparative research project charting the co-productive relationship between scientific and governance innovation in three leading induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research platforms in the United States and the European Union: the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) and the European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC).In parallel, his research interests revolve around the imaginaries and the politics of clinical translation, and its implications for biomedicine and society. On this topic, as part of an ongoing collaborative project originating while at the STS Program, he has co-organized a workshop at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva (May 2015). He was a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013–2014 academic year.
Jens Marquardt was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard STS Program during the 2017-2018 academic year. He is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and associated with the Environmental Policy Research Centre in Berlin. While at Harvard, Jens investigated the links between power, governance structures and complex socio-technical change in order to facilitate environmental policy implementation within complex governance arrangements.
Marybeth Long Martello's research examines global change science and governance in relation to a number of topics including indigenous knowledge, desertification, climate change and corporate sustainability. Much of her work focuses on the ways in which the practices and claims of global change science shape and are shaped by the identities, knowledges and political standing of environmentally at-risk communities.
Deborah Mascalzoni is a researcher at Uppsala University CRB and senior Researcher in Bioethics at the European Academy at the Center of BioMedicine. She is especially committed with Patient Centric Initiatives (PCI) and interactive dynamic consent projects in the biobank based project CHRIS. Her research interests include Philosophy of Science, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Science Policy, Philosophy of Politics. She is looking at the interaction between ethical, legal and social aspects of science dealing with the public. She holds a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Bologna (2005) with the focus on participation in research. Research Project on Genetics and Ethics; Dissertation thesis on "Informed consent in genomics: a participative process." September 2003 — March 2004: Appointment as visiting fellow in the Program of Science Tecnology and Society, at the Kennedy School of Government. 2001: Master in Environmental Education, University of Bologna (research paper on Environmental Ethics). 2000: Degree in Philosophy of Science with a Thesis in Bioethics: "Philosophy of Medicine: who should decide about Therapy and Care."
Ian Vincent McGonigle is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He is an anthropologist of science, broadly interested in the ways culture and political history affect how scientific knowledge is produced, understood, and utilized. Ian has published over a dozen original research articles in top academic journals, such as: Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology; the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (including the most-read article, with over 30,000 reads); Anthropology Today (cover feature); Journal of Neuroscience; Biophysical Journal; ACS Chemical Neuroscience; and Biochemistry. He recently published three opinion editorials in Genetics Research discussing some of the ethical issues relating to biobanking and precision medicine projects.
Ingrid Metzler currently works at the Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung, University of Vienna. Ingrid does research in Social Policy, Qualitative Social Research and Public Policy. Their most recent publication is '“Think positively”: Parkinson’s disease, biomedicine, and hope in contemporary Germany.' Ingrid Metzler has studied Political Science at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, and at the University of Innsbruck and Vienna. She graduated from the University of Innsbruck and Vienna in 2005 with a Master’s Thesis on “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis in Israel”. At the University of Vienna, she also wrote her dissertation entitled “The Embryo Republic: Human Life between Politics, Science, and Religion.”This thesis drew on Jasanoff’s work on bio-constitutionalism, exploring the ways in which the categorization in which IVF embryos were entangled was tied to efforts to reimagine Italian democratic life and its constitutional foundations.
Natalie Mevissen is currently a doctoral researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). She was a pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) for the fall semester 2014. Her research fields are science and technology studies, innovation studies, sociology of knowledge, and organizational sociology. Her PhD focused on how social sciences, especially sociology in Germany and the United States, relate to society. She is especially interested in the question of how sociologists deal with issues of ‘applied’ and ‘pure’ social science, focusing on the historical, epistemological and institutional level.
Nicolas Miailhe is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His work centers on the governance of, and through, emerging technosciences. Nicolas also specialize in urban innovation and civic technologies. He has ten years of professional experience in emerging markets such as India, working at the nexus of innovation, high technology, government, industry and civil society.
Clark A. Miller is Associate Director of Science in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University. Clark is the editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press: 2001) and has published extensively on the politics of knowledge-making in international institutions, theories of civic epistemology and co-production, and the intersection of science and democracy in contemporary society. His current project is an analysis of the epistemological and institutional organization of security in world affairs from 1945 to the present, focusing on a comparative study of the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Georgia Miller was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. Georgia's research investigates the development and implementation of nanotechnology innovation and regulatory policy. She explores how socio-technical imaginaries drive innovation policy and are mobilised within it, the co-production of expertise and political order, how the framing of governance debates is shaped by and affects power relations and interests, and how such framing affects regulatory and policy initiatives as well as opportunities for public participation. Georgia is supported by an Overseas Travel Fellowship from the Australian Nanotechnology Network.
Zara Mirmalek is a Senior Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Research Scientist with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA Ames Research Center. MIT Press recently published her book, Making Time on Mars, an examination of how the daily work of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers was organized across three sites on two planets using local Mars time. Her research focuses on culture, work, and human-technology relationships. She is interested in knowledge production in and of extreme environments, where not only natural but also societal and institutional features shape human access. Her research includes ethnographic fieldwork among multi-disciplinary workgroups working with remotely-operated robots on Mars (NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers mission), with tethered robots in the deep ocean, with autonomous robots in an ocean front, and for NASA analog projects (BASALT, SUBSEA).
Maya Mitre is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Digitalization, at Copenhagen Business School. Her current research focuses on policy, regulatory, social and ethical dilemmas concerning digital technologies. She has published works on the role of science and expertise in democratic decision-making, with a focus on value-laden issues, such as human embryonic stem-cell research and abortion.
Jasper Montana is currently a research associate in Evidence, Expertise, and Policymaking at the University of Sheffield. Jasper Montana was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography of the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program in the fall of 2015. His research examines environment-society relations with a current focus on the global governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services. While at Harvard, Jasper was working on research that analyses the institutional arrangements and the knowledge-making practices of experts in an emergent UN-level biodiversity initiative: the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Jacob D. Moses was a Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program in 2015, currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science at Harvard University, where he specializes in issues of ethics, society, and governance concerning biomedicine and emerging biotechnologies, and is affiliated with the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. He is currently developing a comparative research project examining cultures of moral and affective responsibility within post-WWII biomedical practices and institutions.
Ehsan Nabavi is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. Ehsan Nabavi was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2016-17. His research focuses on understanding water conflict formation, evolution, and transformation against the backdrop of Anthropocene, particularly in the Middle East and the Central Asia.
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.
Zoe Nyssa is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. Zoe Nyssa was an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and is hosted by Sheila Jasanoff in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School of Government from 2014-2016. Zoe’s work tracks the emergence and contemporary practices of conservation biology in order evaluate their impact globally on human and non-human life. While at Harvard, she is comparing conservation-oriented programs in the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, and Germany to study the disciplinary re-organizations of conventional ecological science in different institutional contexts to support new biodiversity objectives.
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.
Cormac O'Rafferty is graduate of University College Dublin (BSc Hons) and Trinity College Dublin (Phd) in Ireland. A solid-state physicist by training, he was a Marie Curie EU Research Fellow at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is now a tenured lecturer in physics at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. As well as standard physics courses, classes taught include elementary courses in the ideas of cosmology, particle physics and climate science for non-scientists. Cormac was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2010-11.
Tolu Odumosu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a joint appointment with the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program. Topically, his research is focused on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), with particular emphasis on mobile devices and their appropriation, the design and implementation of national telecommunications infrastructure, and the governance of transnational ICT technical standards organizations. Theoretically, most of Dr. Odumosu's work focuses on developing and expanding the notion of "constitutive appropriation" as an analytical framework, geared towards a more robust theory of democratic participation that includes both human and non-human elements.
Kellie Owens was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the fall of 2015. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University. Her current research examines changing risk management philosophies and practices in medicine, with a focus on American obstetrics. While at Harvard, Kellie worked on a related article on the boundaries of responsible knowledge in medicine. The article uses the case of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring during labor and delivery to explore how medical providers are reacting to data suggesting that monitoring technology is not improving health outcomes and may be leading to unnecessary interventions.
James Padilla-DeBorst is a lot of things including a husband, father of 6, a researcher, a professor and development practitioner. James is currently the President at CEtl at in Costa Rica. He was an adjunct Professor of International Development at Eastern University Philadelphia, PA, USA while he teaches in their Capetown, South Africa campus. He has spent nearly 20 years as a development practitioner both in Africa and Latin America, mainly in El Salvador where he made his home for 14 years. His current research focuses on transnational development institutions. He holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University Denver, CO, USA and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Political and Economic Development for the Harvard Kennedy School. James was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2006-08.
Helen Pallett was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program in Fall 2012. She is now a lecturer in the Human Geography of the Environment in the School of Environmental Sciences and the University of East Anglia, Norwich UK. Her research is concerned with the intersections between science policy processes and practices of democracy.
Kyriaki Papageorgiou is a Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE in Barcelona, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for Spring 2016. Kyriaki is currently working on her EU-funded Marie Curie project entitled “Innovation in Action: Studying Innovation in Times of Crisis.” Her research looks at the prominence given to innovation as the key to tackling complex socioeconomic challenges, particularly at the European Union policy level. While at Harvard, Kyriaki will be working on two academic articles. The first presents the EU’s “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” (KICs) against the burgeoning management studies literature on hybrid organizations. The second paper reviews emergent innovation trends and explores the broader economic and cultural transformations that these might point to.
Buhm Soon Park is Professor of History of Science and Policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program. His research explores policy issues at the intersection between science, law, and governance from historical and comparative perspective. He currently works on the imaginaries of biomedicine in the U.S., focusing on the history of the NIH, and examines the debates over new and emerging technologies like synthetic biology and genome editing in East Asia.
James Parker was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society and a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he is also Director of the research program ‘Law, Sound and the International’ at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities. James’ research addresses the many relations between law, sound and listening, with a particular emphasis at the moment on sound’s weaponisation.
Céline Parotte was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program for Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In parallel, she is also a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Spiral Research Centre and a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology at the University of Liège. Her current research areas involve radioactive waste management, participatory methods and public policy evaluation. While at Harvard, drawing on Sheila Jasanoff’s and Michel Foucault’s work, Céline will deepen a theoretical framework combining co-production with the analytics of government and pursue her reflections on waste management in nuclear democracies, with a dedicated focus on safety and economical dimensions.
Katja Patzwaldt studied political science, history and regional development of Eastern Europe at the Berlin Free University in Germany, the Russian State University of Humanities and the Moscow Institute of International Relations. After graduating, she received a research, work and travel grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German Studienstiftung and participated in a post-graduate programme of international affairs. During this time, she worked in research management, migration policy and employment policy and research for UNESCO, the ILO and the World Bank.
Charlie was a visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015-2016 academic year, and is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Charlie’s research focuses on international legal ordering and disordering, including the use of force, management of disasters, and large-scale engineering projects. Her work seeks to uncover discarded histories of international law, calling into question the progress narrative of the contemporary international legal order. She has written on the politics of justifying the use of force, memorialization of the Great War, and the Cold War.
Helge Peters was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society in 2016. Helge is currently a doctoral candidate in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research explores relations between knowledge, power, and materiality in the design and use of computational decision-support tools for environmental governance with a specific focus on fisheries management.
Thomas Pfister was a post-doctoral fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government supported by the German Academic Exchange Service. His research focuses on the role of European integration research in the social sciences, humanities and law in the broader context of European integration. How does research contribute to shaping the political, social and cultural transformations subsumed under this label? How are processes of knowledge production of European integration research affected by its relationship and interaction with politics, especially with the European Union?
Sebastian currently is an assistant professor at Technical Univerisity Munich. He was a post-doctoral researcher on science, innovation, and higher education policy based at the MIT Technology & Policy Program and the MIT Portugal Program. Sebastian was also a fellow at the Harvard Program Science, Technology and Society in 2010. His research interests revolve around strategies for capacity building in innovation and higher education, international university collaborations, the interrelation of innovation and education, the governance of complex socio-technical systems, and the physics of lasers and plasmas. In particular, he is interested in the role of complex international innovation partnerships as instruments for economic and societal development, and the global circulation of innovation models and best practices, for example in the case of MIT's international collaborations. He also enjoys teaching graduate level classes in science and technology policy at MIT.
Roopali Phadke joined the Harvard STS program as a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. Roopali's research is at the nexus of environmental studies, international development and science and technology studies. Her current research focuses on the private and public development of water resources in South Asia. Within STS, her interests lie in the democratization of science and technology decision-making and the hybridization of technical expertise and local knowledge in development administration. She currently works as a Professor of Environmental Policy at Macalester College. She is also concerned with the use of participatory research methodologies and documentary filmmaking. Roopali's PhD is in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation examined how People's Science Movements in the Krishna Valley of India have fostered the equitable distribution of water and alternative designs for large dam development. This research has been funded by the University of California, the National Science Foundation, the International Water Management Institute and the American Institute for India Studies. Roopali holds a BA from Wellesley College in Political Science and a MA from Cornell University in South Asian Studies. In addition to her academic service, she has worked for several NGOs, including the National Wildlife Federation and Cultural Survival.
Lina Pinto-García is a Colombian Ph.D. Candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at York University (Canada), and a Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is interested in health regulations, therapeutic technologies, medical practices, and biomedical knowledge production in contexts of war and post-conflict scenarios. She is also Contributing Editor of Platypus and member of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.
Gerard Porter was a Non-Stipendiary Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also a Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. His current research focuses on the regulation of transnational clinical trials. Using the United States and India as case studies, he is mapping the ways in which law and policy are evolving in both countries and seeking to understand how science and ethics travel between these quite different economic and socio-cultural contexts.
Corinna Porteri works as a researcher in Bioethics and as the person responsible for the Bioethics Unit at the IRCCS Saint John of God Fatebenefratelli in Brescia, Italy. The Centre is a Scientific Institute for Research and Care of national relevance (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattare Scientifico — IRCCS) whose mission involves translational research (from bench to bedside) in the rehabilitation of Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders.
Benjamin Raimbault is a doctoral candidate in STS at the University of Paris-Est Marne la Vallée and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program for the 2015-2016 academic year. His current research focuses on the emerging technoscientific field through the case of Synthetic Biology with a particular interest on the mobilization of the notion of engineering biology. Benjamin is an agricultural engineer specialized in sociology of environment graduated from the school AgroParisTech in 2012. In 2013, he received a master in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, writing his dissertation on the emergence of synthetic biology through a scientometric approach.
Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC-Irvine. He was initially trained as a biologist, obtained his Ph.D. in the History and Social Studies of Science and Technology, and works on the anthropology of science and technology. Before joining UC-Irvine, he served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School.
Celina Ramjoué is Deputy Head of Unit for "Data Policy and Innovation" at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). Before joining DG CONNECT in 2012, Celina worked on open access, open science and science and society issues for the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation for seven years. Prior to joining the European Commission, Celina was a researcher in the field of comparative public policy at the University of Zurich. Her fields of specialisation included genetically modified food and assisted reproductive technology. Celina holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and foreign affairs (Universities of Virginia, Munich and Zurich) and been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the European University Institute. Celina was a visiting fellow at the program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Kennedy School of Government in 2003-2004.
Aleksandar Rankovic is a PhD student in ecology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI-Sciences Po). His PhD research mainly focuses on long-term carbon and nutrient dynamics in urban ecosystems, with Paris street soil-tree systems as a case-study. While at Harvard during spring 2015, he will use STS insights to help in framing future discussions between urban ecologists and city managers and dwellers. He is also more generally interested in how STS can help ecologists better define and achieve their objectives in science-policy interactions.
Jenny Reardon is a Professor of Sociology in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz. She founded and directs the Science and Justice Research Center at UCSC. After undergraduate and postgraduate training in developmental and molecular biology, Reardon earned her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in August 2002. From Fall 1999–Spring 2002, she was a Fellow in Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She taught in theDivision of Biology and Medicine at Brown University from 2002–2004, and was a fellow at the Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy and a research assistant professor in Women’s Studies at Duke University from 2004–2005.
Gustavo Ribeiro is a litigation attorney at Greenberg & Traurig LLP and a lecturer at Boston University Law School. Gustavo Ribeiro was a visiting fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the academic year 2012-2013. He was a doctoral student at Harvard Law School, from where he received his LL.M degree. Gustavo received a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), from Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, where he is still a Fellow at the Research Center for Law and Economics and a Visiting Lecturer. His research focuses mainly on legal philosophy, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies. Gustavo is currently working on a National Science Foundation project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues on scientific evidence, with special focus on the Supreme Court’s 1993 Daubert decision and its subsequent impact on law and science at the U.S. and, potentially, other jurisdictions.
Christian H. Ross is a Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Researcher in the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University. As a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, he studies the governance of science and technology and how conceptualizations of science, publics, and human flourishing become configured in tandem with emerging technologies. His dissertation research follows public engagement a historical, conceptual category as well as an actors’ category within contemporary science discussions surrounding applications of genome editing technology.
Luise Ruge is a 2020 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Innovation, Society, and Public Policy Research Group at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich. In her doctoral research, Luise explores regional imaginaries of innovation in German city-regions.
Krishanu Saha is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical History & Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. His interests lie in using human stem cells together with emerging engineering methods in material science and synthetic biology to make smarter therapeutics, model human disease, and advance personalized medicine. As a Society in Science-Branco Weiss Fellow, he worked with Sheila Jasanoff at Harvard University on “The Constitutional Foundations of Bioethics: A Cross-National Comparison” from September 2010 to December 2011. He is also affiliated with Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Melike Şahinol (Dr. rer. soc.) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul affiliated with the Max Weber Foundation and head of the research area »Human, Medicine and Society«. Şahinol studied sociology, political science, and psychology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and received her doctorate in 2015 in sociology at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. Sponsored by a three-year scholarship at the DFG Research Training Group Bioethics at Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen (Germany), Şahinol examined the adaptation of humans and machines in neuroscience in particular Brain Machine Interfaces in patients with chronical stroke. She conceptualized this process as socio-bio-technical adaptation process. With the context of her PhD project, she was involved in several international neuroscientific research projects and has conducted ethnographic studies in hospitals, laboratories, and during various brain surgeries.
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.
Frédérique S. Santerre currently is the Global Head at for Global Government Affairs & Health Policy at Merck Serono. Frédérique was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in the Science, Technology and Society Program in 2002-05. Her doctoral dissertation focused upon the dynamics of change in international policy-making regarding regulation and innovation in the life sciences industry.
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.
Oliver A. R. Schilling is a doctoral candidate at Bielefeld University, Germany. He is interested in power-relations instituted through the construction of expertise with regards to institution and capacity building in newly emerging political systems. In his current research project, Oliver investigates the role of international consultants in the process of legal development in Cambodia. He explores issues of ownership and reliability of knowledge production questioning the paradigm of 'technical assistance' in development practice. Furthermore, the study looks at parameters, which determine the competition of different concepts of normativity in a trans-national context.
Kasper Hedegaard Schiølin is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government funded by The Carlsberg Foundation. While at Harvard, Kasper will lay the foundation for a fresh project about perfection and technology. His hypothesis is that new technologies are accompanied by socio-technical imaginaries of human perfection, both at a societal and at an existential level. To substantiate this, the project will study the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, a notion recently coined by the World Economic Forum at their 2016 annual meeting in Davos, as an epochal designation of the present.
Janina Schirmer currently works as an Academic Officer of Quality Development and Research Management at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. Janina works in the area of research policy as a senior policy officer at the Lower Saxonian Ministry for Science and Culture. She has received a M.A. in Political Science from Hannover University, a M.A. in European Science and Technology-Studies (EASST) from Linköping Universitet/Sweden and Université Louis Pasteur in Stasbourg/France, and was a stipendiary fellow at an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Science Studies at Bielefeld University. She holds a Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) from Bielefeld University. She was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program during 2007-2008.
Malte Schophaus's research focuses on issues at the intersection of science and technology studies and social movement research. His current research explores the role of scientific expertise for social movements and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the knowledge society. He will especially pay attention to the globalization-critical movement in Germany. Besides this current research he is also interested in citizen participation, cooperation management and environmental psychology.
In July 2017, Daniela Schuh, will join the Ku Leuven Life Sciences & Societies Lab. Daniela was a Predoctoral Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society from October 2013-May 2014. Her research interests concern national approaches of governing biotechnologies in Europe.While at the STS Program, Daniela worked on a Faraday Institute funded project entitled “Biology and the Law” in which she investigated the ontological settlement of the human embryo during the German reunification.
Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna and a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard STS Program. Her visit is a part of her EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, in which she explores re-emerging research on and attempts towards medicalizing psychedelic substances in the United States. Her research focuses on sociopolitical dynamics of emerging technoscientific fields, with an emphasis on the role of retro-prospective imaginations, governance processes, and public engagement.
Amit Sheniak is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Swiss Center for Conflict Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS). His current research focus on the interaction between states and Cyberspace, and the effect of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) on the international and the internal state based order. While at Harvard, he will explore the current securitization stage of the Internet by collecting and recording evidence of soft power employed by states toward the local and the international public.
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.
Angela Simone is a PhD candidate in Law and New Technologies, specialization in Bioethics, at the University of Bologna (Italy). She holds a Laurea (5-years) Degree in Biotechnology, specialization in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (University of Bologna) and a Master in Science Communication (International School for Advanced Studies-SISSA, Trieste-Italy).Her research interest is in the realm of public scientific communication in bioethics controversial issues. In particular, in her Doctoral Thesis, she has been analyzing the role and the type of science communication expressed by experts (Science, Bioethics, Law, and lay-experts) in Parliament hearings and in the courtrooms in two paired case studies on the end-of-life issues in Italy, using the STS approach as theoretical framework.
Melanie Smallman is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research looks at how society influences science and technology, particularly focusing on the role of public dialogue activities. While at Harvard, Melanie will be comparing US and UK approaches to incorporating public perspectives in policymaking.
Geneva Smith is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Science, Technology and Society Program and a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology with a PhD Fellowship from the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. Her interests lie in improving policy-making and outcomes through closer attention to the social dimensions of public policy. While at Harvard, Geneva will ethnographically study the co-production of agricultural biotechnology and economic justice in Argentina.
Stefan Sperling died on August 10, 2016. At the time of his death, he was an attorney with the San Francisco office of Baker & McKenzie, specializing in issues of data protection and security compliance. He received his JD from Stanford University in 2013 and had recently published a book, Reasons of Conscience: The Bioethics Debate in Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Michelle Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado – Boulder. While a visiting fellow at the STS Program, under the supervision of Professor Sheila Jasanoff, she hopes to examine how ‘expertise’ and ‘sustainability’ take form in the local context of harvesters’ daily interactions and livelihoods in Northwest Yunnan, China. She is interested in combined STS and political ecology analytical perspectives on the politics of environmental conservation, economic development and sustainable management. Her dissertation research focuses on the social and natural dimensions of the Tibetan ‘Himalayan gold’, or Ophiocordyceps sinensis, resource economy of the Tibetan Plateau.
Claire Stockwell is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and is a pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow with the STS Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. Her research focuses on how knowledge is constructed to support legal arguments in climate change litigation. While at Harvard, Claire will analyze US climate case law and conduct interviews with key actors involved in the litigation.
Holger Strassheim is a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the spring 2014 semester. In his work he explores the changing role of expertise in welfare and risk regulation. His current research is based on a comparison of knowledge orders, focusing on science-policy arrangements in the United States, Great Britain and Germany. While at Harvard, Holger is studying the transformation of regulatory science in employment policy and food safety; he is also writing his second book dealing with political and epistemic authority in contemporary democracies. Other research interests include the global spread of calculative policy practices, discourses on welfare and social security, public management collaborations and the rise of behavioral interventions in public governance.
Maayan Sudai is Visiting Research Fellow with the Harvard STS Program, an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School, and a Student Fellow in Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Maayan’s current research examines the interaction between law, science and society, mainly through a critical lens and combining multiple disciplines, such as history of medicine, law and social change, health law and bioethics, and Science Technology and Society (STS) studies. After serving as a leading advocate for the intersex rights’ movement in Israel, Maayan’s dissertation explores the legal struggles of patient advocacy movements against medical institutions in the US.
Makoto Takahashi is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow for Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in spring 2019. Makoto’s interests lie in how societies come to understand and manage novel risks. His doctoral research examines how expert authority is claimed and contested in conditions of low public trust. This work is informed by extensive fieldwork in Japan, conducted in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.
Mariachiara Tallacchini joined the Harvard STS program as a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow on Prof. Jasanoff's programme "Reframing Rights: Constitutional Implications of Technological Change" in 2000/2001, working on regulatory models in xenotransplantation. Mariachiara's interests focus on technoscience and the law from a STS and legal philosophy perspective. Her current research involve issues of biomedicine and the law, such as regulatory aspects of human biological materials, tissue engineering, engineered animals, xenotransplantation, as well as more general policy and legal issues, such as the precautionary principle, the democratization of scientific expertise and democratic participatory procedures in science policy, and the political use of ethics as a regulatory measure.
Tina Talleraas isa Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a PhD candidate at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Culture at the University of Oslo. Tina’s research interests lie in the interface between science and policy, especially relating to the politics of expertise, civic epistemologies, and risk governance. Her PhD project deals with these issues in relation to current debates over nuclear weapons, specifically in connection with what has become known as the “Humanitarian Initiative” in international disarmament circles.
Mylène Tanferri is a fall 2015 Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her doctoral research aims to understand historical archives digitization as a cultural/technical practice with a focus on the access promises that accompany it. While at the STS Program, Mylène will work on the political dimensions of heritage and archives digitization initiatives. Mylène is a PhD candidate at the digital cultures and humanities lab at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in co-supervision with the information science program at the University of Bahia, Brazil.
Jessica Tatchell is a PhD candidate in the department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London, UK and is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jessica is visiting Harvard as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar where she will be continuing her PhD research. Her work considers the social, political and normative dimensions of biomedicine and health, particularly in the context of ‘postgenomic’ science and the surge of disciplines such as epigenetics.
Samuel Taylor-Alexander is a teaching fellow at the University of Auckland. He received his PhD in Anthropology Program from Australian National University in 2012. His research takes as a case study the politics and governance of plastic surgery practice in Mexico in order to tease out contemporary transformations in citizenship, medical science, and ethics. His dissertation is based on one year of ethnographic research conducted mostly in Mexico City.
Giuseppe Testa heads the Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, where he also co-founded the interdisciplinary PhD program on Life Sciences, Bioethics and Society (Foundations of the Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences, Folatec). His STS and bioethics scholarship focuses on the relationship between the life sciences and the evolution of modern democracies. His scientific and bioethics/STS work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is the author, with Helga Nowotny, of Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age. He holds an MD, a PhD in Molecular Biology and an MA in Bioethics and Law and has been fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School within the Branco Weiss Society-in-Science program.
Mattijs is a pre-doctoral fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2012-2013 academic year and a PhD-candidate in environmental planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, which works on the analysis and development of effective conflict resolution techniques in environmental disputes. His dissertation focuses on the creation of markets for ecosystem services in the United States. As an STS Fellow, he will continue work on his dissertation and serve as a teaching fellow for ESPP-78: Environmental, an undergraduate course at Harvard College taught by Sheila Jasanoff.
Frédéric Vandermoere was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the program on Science, Technology and Society in 2009-2010. He obtained his PhD in sociology in May 2008 from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium. Shortly after obtaining his PhD he was jointly appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research in Paris and visiting professor at UGent. He currently works as an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Antwerp. His research interests locate in the fields of science and technology studies, sustainability transitions, environmental sociology, cultural studies, sociology of risk and uncertainty, organization studies, and social theory.
Samantha Vanderslott is a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Spring 2015. She is completing her PhD at University College London (UCL) where her research focuses on the role of innovation in framing policy problems and the ways in which this affects proposed solutions. Her case study is on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as a public health problem for which innovation understandings shape the policy responses.
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 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.
Shana Vijayan is a Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her particular interest is in audit systems, as a form of socio-technological intervention, which stems from an established career in health management. She is concerned with the means and methods by which public health services are held to account. Her research investigates the development of performance cultures in private healthcare concentrating on how performance management is deployed in the United States.
Lee Vinsel holds a joint appointment as a post-doctoral fellow with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Lee’s central interest lies in how societies use various tools – from formal regulations to informal rules – to mitigate technological “risks.” He has on-going projects examining the history of auto regulation, the history of energy systems and energy statistics (the estimating, predicting, and modeling of present and future energy supplies), and the ethics of personal, or consumer, communications technologies.
Trina Vithayathil is an Assistant Professor at Providence College in Global Studies. Her areas of expertise include social inequality, political sociology, and social demography. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University. Vithayathil was a visiting research fellow with the Harvard STS Program for the 2012–2013 academic year. During her time with the Harvard STS Program, she was working on her dissertation, a qualitative study of the production of social data during a contemporary census in India. This research draws upon the contributions of science, technology and society (STS) studies, political sociology, and India area studies to explore the network of actors involved in producing official data.
Noah Walker-Crawford is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK, and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Science, Technology and Society. His work traces the production of knowledge in social claims about climate change and responsibility. Using an ethnographic approach, he is following a precedent-setting lawsuit for climate justice brought by a Peruvian farmer against a German energy company.
Alexander Wentland is currently a PhD student in the "Innovation society today" graduate program at the Technical University of Berlin. His dissertation deals with different aspects and dimensions of technological futures imagined for the electrification of transportation. Due to his background and personal interests in innovation studies and STS, he is also affiliated with the "Science Policy Group" at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).
Madisson (Madi) Whitman is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society and currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University, where she received her MS. Madi’s work investigates the processes through which people are rendered into data. Through exploring the social production of big data and predictive analytics in higher education, she maps out intersections of technology and social complexity. While at Harvard, Madi will study the co-production of data-making processes at an institutional scale and a broader landscape of predictive analytics and big data.
David Winickoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of the Berkeley Program in STS and Ph.D. Designated Emphasis in STS. He is currently serving as Senior Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Dmitrii Zhikharevich is a Fall 2018 Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society, a sociologist and a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His training has been in the fields of economic sociology, science and technology studies (STS), and social theory. Dmitrii’s current research lies at the intersection of historical sociology, STS and sociology of finance.