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


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

In the latest issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter, a short note written by Ruth Perry, professor emerita of literature, in memoriam to Leo Marx, professor emeritus (STS): IN MEMORIAM…
One thing nuclear power plants weren’t built to survive: War Military strategists commonly target the enemy’s electrical grid. That’s a problem when combat is in a nuclearized country like Ukraine. By …
National Cancer Act Legacy Still Debated, 50 Years Later BY ERIC BOCK Dr. Robin W. Scheffler PHOTO: JONATHAN SACHS When President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act on Dec. 23,…

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

Online Data Could Pose Risks in a Post-Roe v. Wade World

India’s ‘Man-Eating’ Tigers Entangled in a Blame Game

Book Review: The Toxic Legacy of DDT

Space Is an Ecosystem Like Any Other. And It’s in Peril.

Breaking News

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


2021-22 Arthur Miller Lecture: Prof. Kendall Hoyt, HASTS ’02, Dartmouth College

Our People

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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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