Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Harvard Kennedy School
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Sheila Jasanoff


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 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.



  • IGA-513 Science, Power, and Politics

Not Offered

  • IGA-516 Law, Science, and Society in America


  • IGA-515 Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences
  • IGA-518 Expertise and Rulership in Law and Science


  • IGA-956Y Science, Technology, and Society: Research Seminar

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  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Hurlbut, J. Benjamin, Krishanu Saha, and Sheila Jasanoff. "CRISER Democracy Gene Editing and the Need for Inclusive Deliberation." Issues in Science & Technology. October 2015, 25-32.

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