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.

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

READ MORE: Remembering Kenneth Keniston


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Our colleague in STS, Alondra Nelson (and the 2020 Morison Prize and Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society lecturer), has been appointed as Deputy Director for Science and Society in the…
Prof. Dave Kaiser’s book, Quantum Legacies: Dispatches from an Uncertain World (Univ Chicago Press, 2020), is featured in Physics World: The best of physics in books, TV and film in 2020.…
Prof. David Kaiser’s, Quantum Legacies: Dispatches from an Uncertain World (Univ Chicago Press, 2020), is listed as a book that stood out in 2020. READ MORE: Physics Today, The Year in…

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Faculty Spotlight: Kate Brown


Kate Brown’s research interests illuminate the point where history, science, technology and bio-politics converge to create large-scale disasters and modernist wastelands. She has written four books about topics ranging from population politics, linguistic mapping, the production of nuclear weapons and concomitant utopian communities, the health and environmental consequences of nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl disaster to narrative innovations of history writing in the 21st century. She is currently exploring the history of what she calls “plant people:” indigenes, peasants and maverick scientists who understood long before others that plants communicate, have sensory capacities, and possess the capacity for memory and intelligence.  She teaches environmental history, Cold War history, and creative non-fiction history writing.

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