A message from Dean Douglas Elmendorf

To Harvard Kennedy School’s Faculty, Students, and Staff,

I am thrilled to pass along the news that Professor Sheila Jasanoff has been awarded the 2022 Holberg Prize—one of the most prestigious international prizes awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the humanities, social sciences, law, or theology.

Professor Jasanoff has been a member of the Kennedy School faculty for more than 20 years and is currently the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (a field often denoted as “STS”). As the Holberg Prize announcement (https://holbergprisen.no/en/holberg-prize/prize-winners/sheila-sen-jasanoff) states:
Professor Jasanoff is “a pioneer in the field of STS, which examines the creation, development, and consequences of science and technology in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. Her research has made her one of the world’s leading contemporary scholars at the nexus of science, technology, law, democratic theory, and public policy.”
The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003. Previous laureates include Cass Sunstein (Harvard’s Robert Walmsley University Professor), Martha Nussbaum (a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago), Griselda Pollock (a British-Canadian art historian), and other distinguished scholars.

We are so fortunate to have Professor Jasanoff at the Kennedy School.  To learn more about her work, please see HKS’s press release.  Please join me in congratulating Professor Jasanoff on this tremendous honor!