The community of scholars at MIT’s Program on Science, Technology and Society bring methods from the humanities and social sciences to understanding science, technology, and medicine around the world. Our department includes lively undergraduate and graduate programs, and postgraduate training for science and technology journalists.

By bridging humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine, our department seeks to build relationships among colleagues across the Institute in a shared effort to understand the human challenges at the core of the MIT mission.

What is STS?

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program

Knight Science Journalism

Arthur Miller Lecture on Science, Technology, and Society

Morison Prize and Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society

Benjamin Siegel Writing Prize

Kenneth Keniston, Founder, MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, passed away on February 14, 2020.

READ MORE: Remembering Kenneth Keniston



12/18/2020: Digging Deep into North American Metals Mining

2/2/2021: Rare Earths for the Common People

2/10/2021: Not All Farming Happens on a Farm




STS In The News

Marc Aidinoff, MIT HASTS Graduate Student, researches the intersection of technology policy and social policy in the United States. In this piece in the Washington Post, Marc helps frame the current…
Fostering Ethical Thinking in Computing New case studies series examines social, ethical, and policy challenges of present-day computing activities. Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing March 2, 2021 Traditional…
For decades, Sherry Turkle has shown how we remake ourselves in the mirror of our machines. Here, she illuminates our present search for authentic connection in a time of uncharted challenges.…

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

As Pandemic Gap Widens, U.S. Expands Vaccinations to Adolescents

Book Review: A Ground-Level Look at America’s Health Care System

My Year-Long Struggle With Remote Learning

How to Poison a Feral Pig? It’s Not Easy.

Breaking News

Breaking news, brisk analysis, and reader discussions at the intersection of science and society.

Our People

Get to know the STS Program.

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Faculty Spotlight: David A. Mindell

David A. Mindell, PhD, is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He served as an MIT department head for five years, and has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions. 

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