Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Littauer-354
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 38
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-7902
Fax: 617-496-5960
Email: sheila_jasanoff@harvard.edu
Assistant
Shana Ashar (617-495-5636)
Sheila Jasanoff

Profile

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.

Courses

Fall

  • IGA-513 Science, Power, and Politics

Spring

  • IGA-516 Law, Science, and Society in America
  • IGA-518 Expertise and Rulership in Law and Science

Year

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

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Books
    • Jasanoff, Sheila. The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future. W.W.Norton, 2016.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Jasanoff, Sheila, and Sang-Hyun Kim, eds. Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power. University of Chicago, 2015.
  • Reviews
    • Jasanoff, Sheila. "Disaster and Sociolegal Studies." Review of Disaster and Sociolegal Studies, by Susan Sterett. Law & Society Review, 50.4, December 2016: 1054-1057.
    • Jasanoff, Sheila. "Small Lamps of Environmental Heroism." Review of A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka, by Meera Subramanian. Current History, 115.780, April 2016: 157-159.

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