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

The “War on Cancer” began at the ratification of the National Cancer Act in 1971 under Pres. Richard Nixon’s administration.  In the following two articles, Prof. Robin Scheffler discusses what we’ve…
Sherry Turkle’s most recent book, “The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir” (New York: Penguin Press, March 2021) is listed as one of the top 30 favorites reviewed by the New York Times…
NOVA has just released a new half-hour podcast episode featuring an interview with David Kaiser about the big bang:

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

A New GMO Labeling Rule Takes Effect, but Food Anxieties Remain

Can an Equation to Help Determine Kidney Health Be Racist?

To Skirt Air Pollution Oversight, States Can Play Hide and Seek

Long-Excluded Uterine Cancer Patients May Receive 9/11 Benefits

Breaking News

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

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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