The community of scholars at MIT’s Program in 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 and Ethics

Morison Prize and Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society

Benjamin Siegel Writing Prize


Leo Marx, MIT STS Program Professor Emeritus, died on March 8, 2022.


MIT News: Remembering Leo Marx

Boston Globe article:  Leo Marx, pioneering professor and writer in American studies, dies at 102


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

READ MORE: Remembering Kenneth Keniston

STS in the News


STS In The News

Friday, June 07, 2024 at 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday, June 08, 2024 at 9:00am to 3:00pm at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Wong Auditorium, E51-115 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142 The…
This September 22-23, 2023 event was aimed at convening a group of remarkable scholars from across the disciplines—philosophy, history, ethnography, anthropology, sociology, colonial and indigenous studies, history of architecture, history of…
STS.014 Embodied Education: Past, Present, and Future, an experimental new course, was offered for the first time this fall. Learn more about the course here

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

Recognizing the Role of the Research Coordinator

Will Burying Biomass Underground Curb Climate Change?

In U.S. Prisons and Jails, Exposure to Extreme Heat Is Increasing

The Enigmatic Earthquake Hotspot in America’s Heartland

Breaking News

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


2022-23 Arthur Miller Lecture: danah boyd, Phd.

“Made, Not Found: Grappling with the Vulnerabilities of Data”

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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