United States

Team Members

Stephen Hilgartner

Cornell University

Stephen Hilgartner is Professor of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. His research examines the social dimensions and politics of contemporary and emerging science and technology, especially in the life sciences. His work focuses on situations in which scientific knowledge is implicated in establishing, contesting, and maintaining social order — a theme he has addressed in studies of expertise, property formation, risk disputes, and biotechnology. His most recent book, Reordering Life: Knowledge and Control in the Genomics Revolution (MIT Press, 2017), examines how new knowledge and new regimes of control took shape during the Human Genome Project. Hilgartner’s book on science advice—Science on Stage: Expert Advice as Public Drama—won the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. He is also a co-editor of two recent books: Science & Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond (Routledge, 2015) and Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society (Routledge, 2018). Hilgartner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Arizona State University

J. Benjamin Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. He studies the changing relationships between science, politics and law in the governance of biomedical research and innovation in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is author of Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics (Columbia University Press, 2017).

Sheila Jasanoff

Harvard Kennedy School

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, and The Ethics of Invention. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her honors include the SSRC’s Hirschman prize, the Humboldt Foundation’s Reimar-Lüst award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria, and foreign memberships in the British Academy and the Royal Danish Academy. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Twente and Liège.

Onur Özgöde

Harvard Kennedy School

Onur Özgöde is an economic and historical sociologist whose work explores the emergence of socio-economic problems that exceed the limits of neoliberalism from a science and technology studies perspective. He is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled Fractals of Governance: Governing Systemic Risk at the Limits of Liberalism, 1922-2010. Onur received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University in 2015 and has held research fellowships at Harvard Law School and Duke University in the last two years. He studied Operations Research and Economics at Columbia (B.S. 2005).

Margarita Rayzberg

Cornell University

Margarita Rayzberg is a science and technology studies scholar whose work examines the politics of knowledge production and expertise in the context of international development and public health. Margarita received her PhD in Sociology at Northwestern University, where her dissertation analyzed the widespread adoption of field-based experimental methods in development economics and their implications for the governance of foreign aid and populations in postcolonial regions, specifically East Africa. She is currently a post-doctoral associate in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Cornell University.

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