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The Berkeley program in STS brings together a diverse community of scholars studying the origins, growth, and consequences of scientific and technological knowledge and practice. Focusing on the changing conditions of knowledge production today, cutting-edge theoretical and conceptual inquiry, and engagement with public policy, the Program welcomes the participation of members from any department, including faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, and visiting scholars. Program activities include the STS Working Group, the Special Project on Science and Technology Governance, the graduate Designated Emphasis in STS, the Undergraduate Course Thread in Sciences and Society, and contributing speakers to the CSTMS colloquium series.

 

What is STS?
Science & Technology Studies has the capacity to forge new thinking and new collaborations at the intersection of the sciences and society.

As a multidisciplinary field with a signature capacity to rethink the relationship among science, technology, and political and social life, Science and Technology Studies is particularly well placed to address the critical problems of the 21st century. From global climate change to the reanimation of race through genomics, from political movements galvanized through new media, to efforts to improve access to medicines for the world’s poor, the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic.

Given the complex nature of our world, entrenched disciplinary divides have become increasingly untenable as the basis for research, and for the training of scholars and social actors. Science and Technology Studies is drawing the interest of ever-increasing numbers of students and faculty because of its unique ability to help us understand the complexity of contemporary and historical problems, and because it can help us craft intellectual projects and modes of engagement that reflect this complexity more fully. Several generations of innovative work in the philosophy, history, rhetoric, and social studies of science and technology have generated influential languages, platforms, and methods for understanding the interplay between science, technology, and social-political formations – domains that are too often treated separately. This virtue is being recognized and reflected in the growing interest in the field: Science and Technology Studies is one of the fastest growing areas in the social sciences and humanities, nationwide and internationally.

Disciplinary lines and research landscapes are starting to shift in directions anticipated by Science and Technology Studies. National directives now encourage the participation of social scientists in engineering research; medical schools increasingly require applicants to train in the humanities; and emerging fields such as ‘green chemistry’ demand heterodox approaches to thinking about environmental and social parameters, the properties of chemical substances, and shifting industrial horizons. Meanwhile, cutting-edge work in the humanities and social sciences has made science and technology central to the humanistic project, examining for example, the past and future of the book, historical and contemporary foundations of race and racial identity, or ethical debates over biomedicine and the boundaries of the body. Indeed, the humanities and social sciences are recognized as key fields from which crucial questions about science and technology emerge, helping us understand when and why particular research programs become dominant, attending to the effects and implications of new technologies and knowledges, and placing ethical and social inquiries at the center of scientific enterprises. Science and Technology Studies organizes and galvanizes precisely these kinds inquiries and approaches.

Faculty

STSC-affiliated Faculty

Sam Weiss Evans

Research Fellow

Research Assistant Professor Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Tufts University

Research Fellow Program on Science, Technology & Society, Harvard University

Research Affiliate Program on Emerging Technology, MIT

Tufts University, MIT, Harvard University

David Bates

Associate Professor Department of Rhetoric

Cori Hayden

Chair and Associate Professor Department of Anthropology

Lawrence Cohen

Professor Department of Anthropology

Charis Thompson

Associate Director, STSC

Professor Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Ruzena Bajcsy

Professor Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Director Emeritus Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

Charles Briggs

Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor Department of Anthropology

Clair Brown

Professor Department of Economics

Chair Center for Work, Technology and Society, Institute of Industrial Relations

Jenna Burrell

Associate Professor iSchool

Cathryn Carson

Associate Dean Social Sciences Division

Associate Professor Department of History

James Casey

Professor Mechanical Engineering

Mel Chen

Associate Professor Department of Gender & Women's Studies

Urs Cipolat

Lecturer Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

Adele Clarke

Professor Emerita of Sociology & Adjunct Professor Emerita of History of Health Sciences Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco

Marianne Constable

Professor Department of Rhetoric

Brian Dolan

Professor and Vice Chair Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

Director Graduate Programs in History of Health Sciences

Director UC Medical Humanities Consortium

University of California, San Francisco

Frederick Dolan

Associate Professor Department of Rhetoric

Vincanne Adams

Professor Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

John Douglass

Senior Research Fellow Center for Studies in Higher Education

Daniel Farber

Sato Sho Professor of Law Boalt School of Law

Faculty Co-Director Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Marion Fourcade

Professor Department of Sociology

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Professor Department of Ethnic Studies

Professor Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Director Center for Race and Gender

Kenneth Goldberg

Professor Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Professor Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Deborah Gordon

Assistant Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Bronwyn Hall

Professor Department of Economics

Jodi Halpern

Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities School of Public Health

Joint Medical Program

Gillian Hart

Professor and Chair Undergraduate Major in Development Studies

John Harte

Professor Energy and Resources Group

David Hollinger

Professor Department of History

Ernest Hook

Professor School of Public Health

Sally Smith Hughes

Retired Academic Specialist Regional Oral History Office

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

Associate Professor Departments of Demography and Sociology

Donna V. Jones

Associate Professor Department of English

Daniel M. Kammen

Professor Energy and Resources Group

Professor Goldman School of Public Policy

Director Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory

William Kastenberg

Professor Emeritus Department of Nuclear Engineering

Sharon Kaufman

Chair Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Ann Keller

Assistant Professor School of Public Health

Jake Kosek

Associate Professor Department of Geography

John Lie

C.K. Cho Professor Department of Sociology

Kristin Luker

Professor Boalt School of Law

Professor Department of Sociology

Stephen Maurer

Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy

Director Information Technology and Homeland Security Project

Maryanne McCormick

Associate Director of Policy and Outreach Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Executive Director Blum Center for Developing Economies

Carolyn Merchant

Professor Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Hélène Mialet

Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Rhetoric

Deirdre K. Mulligan

Associate Professor School of Information

Greg Niemeyer

Associate Professor Department of Art Practice

Aihwa Ong

Professor, Department of Anthropology East & Southeast Asian Studies

Blum Program in Developing Economies Global Metropolitan Studies

Nancy Lee Peluso

Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Dorothy Porter

Professor Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Paul Rabinow

Professor Department of Anthropology

Leigh Raiford

Associate Professor Department of African American Studies

Francesca Rochberg

Professor Department of Near Eastern Studies

Gene Rochlin

Emeritus Professor Energy and Resources Group

Christine Rosen

Associate Professor Haas School of Business

Associate Director Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Pamela Samuelson

Professor iSchool

Professor Boalt School of Law

Co-Director Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean iSchool

Professor Department of City and Regional Planning

Nathan Sayre

Associate Professor Department of Geography

Harry N. Scheiber

Professor Boalt School of Law

Director Institute for Legal Research

Director Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Professor Department of Anthropology

Director Organs Watch

Janet Shim

Associate Professor Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of California, San Francisco

Justin Suran

Royer Fellow Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

David J. Teece

Professor Haas School of Business

Director Institute for Business Innovation

Faculty Director Institute for Business Innovation

Nancy Van House

Professor School of Information

Elizabeth Watkins

Professor Anthropology, History and Social Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Steven Weber

Professor Department of Political Science

Professor School of Information

Michael Wintroub

Professor Department of Rhetoric

Alexei Yurchak

Associate Professor Department of Anthropology

Alastair Iles

Associate Director, STSC

Associate Professor Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

David Winickoff

Former Director, Berkeley Program in STS and PhD Designated Emphasis in STS (2011-2017)

Associate Professor Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Minoo Moallem

Professor Department of Gender and Women's Studies

John E. Lesch

Professor Emeritus Department of History

Beate Fricke

Associate Professor History of Art

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Professor Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

Professor School of Public Health

Visiting Scholar Program
Visiting Scholars and Visiting Students are a vital part of the life of the Center, providing a continual source of new ideas and integrating with our active community events. The Center hosts several visiting scholars and students each year and maintains a lively collaboration with centers abroad. Read more

Current STSC Visiting Scholars

Tibisay Lugo

Venezuela

Veronica Sanz Gonzalez

Rebecca Skinner

Julian Ausserhofer

PhD Candidate Department of Communication, University of Vienna

Research Associate Institute for Journalism and Public Relations, Graz University of Applied Sciences

University of Vienna, Graz University of Applied Sciences

Samantha D. Gottlieb

Visiting Scholar

Tomoko Kitagawa

Andreas Sundström

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Accounting Stockholm University

Stockholm University

Gustavo Rodrigues Rocha

Universidad Estadual de Feira de Santana (State University of Feira de Santana)

Claire Grino

Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Doris Leibetseder

Postdoctoral Researcher Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

Past: Scholar in Residence, Beatrice Bain Research Group Gender and Women's Studies Department, UC Berkeley

Past: External Lecturer University of Vienna and of Graz, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz and Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria

Ksenia Koroleva

Assistant Professor at the Department of Technology and Operations Management Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Graduate Program
The Designated Emphasis (DE) in Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a new program of training in the social studies of science, technology, and medicine for Berkeley PhD students from any home department. Students who are accepted into the program, and who complete its requirements, will be in a strong position to excel within STS-related fields. Read more

Current Graduate Students

James Anderson

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate History

Liz Carlisle

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Geography

Freyja Knapp

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Environmental Science Policy & Management

Michael Mendez

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate City and Regional Planning

Patrick Baur

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Dana Greenfield

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Medical Anthropology

University of California, San Francisco

Ryan Whitacre

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Medical Anthropology

University of California, San Francisco

Matt Langione

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Department of English

Michael D’Arcy

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Medical
 Anthropology


University of California, San Francisco

Eduardo A. Escobar

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Department of Near Eastern Studies

Greta Marchesi

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Geography

Victoria Massie

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Anthropology

Heather Mellquist

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Anthropology

Abigail Martin

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Camilla Hawthorne

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Geography

Lisa Brooks

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate South & Southeast Asian Studies

Rachel Ceasar

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Medical Anthropology

University of California, San Francisco

Radmila Djordjevic

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Anthropology

Jane Flegal

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Lindsay Parham

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Jurisprudence and Social Policy

JD Candidate UC Berkeley Law School

Mukul Kumar

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student City and Regional Planning

Marcus Owens

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Julia Lewandoski

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate UC Berkeley History Department

Kathleen A. Powers

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Rhetoric, Philosophy of Science

Kathleen C. Gutierrez

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student South and Southeast Asian Studies

Laura Moreno

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Energy and Resources Group

Santiago Molina

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate Sociology

Gil Breger

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student Near Eastern Studies

Working Group and Events
The STS* Working Group is a group of scholars brought together by shared interest in STS practices and approaches. Our research interests cover topics in environment, technology, development, food, agriculture, and health. The working group meets periodically to share and discuss works in progress and review key and novel papers in the field. Members are encouraged to make as many meetings as possible, as the intent of the group is to develop a community of scholars with shared knowledge.

If you could like to join us, please sign up to our email list. This list is specific to the working group, and does not cover general STS announcements (which are sent here), or information about Center events and updates (which are here).

* Science, Technology, & Society or Science & Technology Studies. . . take your pick!