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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 Associate Director for Research
David Bates Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric
Cori Hayden Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Charis Thompson Associate Director, STSC
Professor, Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Kim TallBear Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Clair Brown Professor, Department of Economics
Chair, Center for Work, Technology and Society, Institute of Industrial Relations
Jenna Burrell Assistant Professor, iSchool
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
Lawrence Cohen Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Abena Osseo-Asare Assistant Professor, Department of History
Cathryn Carson Associate Dean, Social Sciences Division
Associate Professor, Department of History
Acting Director, Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D-Lab)
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 of Sociology & Adjunct Professor of History of Health Sciences, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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
Louise Fortmann Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Rudy Grah Chair in Forestry and Sustainable Development,
Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Marion Fourcade Associate 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 Research Specialist, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Bronwyn Hall Professor, Department of Economics
Jodi Halpern Associate 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 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Todd R. La Porte Professor, Department of Political Science
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 Assistant Professor, School of Information
Greg Niemeyer Assistant Professor, Department of Art Practice
Richard Norgaard Professor, Energy and Resources Group
Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics
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
Michael Pollan Knight Professor, Graduate School of Journalism
Dorothy Porter Professor, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Paul Rabinow Professor, Department of Anthropology
Leigh Raiford Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies
Francesca Rochberg Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies
Nancy Scheper-Hughes Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director, Organs Watch
Harry N. Scheiber Professor, Boalt School of Law
Director, Institute for Legal Research
Director, Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law
Pamela Samuelson Professor, iSchool
Professor, Boalt School of Law
Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
Nathan Sayre Associate Professor, Department of Geography
AnnaLee Saxenian Dean, iSchool
Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
Christine Rosen Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
Associate Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Gene Rochlin Emeritus Professor, Energy and Resources Group
Nancy Van House Professor, School of Information
David J. Teece Professor, Haas School of Business
Director, Institute for Business Innovation
Faculty Director, Institute for Business Innovation
Justin Suran Royer Fellow, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Margaret Taylor Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
Project Scientist, Sustainable Energy Systems Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Janet Shim Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
Suzanne Scotchmer Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
Professor, Department of Economics
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
Minoo Moallem Professor, Department of Gender and Women's Studies
John E. Lesch Professor Emeritus, Department of History
Beate Fricke Assistant Professor, History of Art
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
Kristin Asdal Professor, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo
University of Oslo
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
Shannon Cram PhD Designated Emphasis in STS
PhD Candidate, Geography
Patrick Baur PhD Designated Emphasis in STS
PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Dana Greenfield PhD Candidate, Medical Anthropology
University of California, San Francisco
Ryan Whitacre PhD Candidate, Medical Anthropology
University of California, San Francisco
Matt Langione Doctoral Candidate, Department of English
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Eduardo A. Escobar Doctoral Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies
Greta Marchesi Doctoral Candidate, Geography
Victoria Massie Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology
Heather Mellquist Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology
Abigail Martin PhD Designated Emphasis in STS
PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
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!


Upcoming STSC Events

Diana Wear's Retirement Party 22 Apr @ 4:00 PM :: Reception
Diana Wear's Retirement Party
Diana Wear
Assistant Director, CSTMS
Invite Only

All CSTMS events