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 and Ethics

Morison Prize and Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society

Benjamin Siegel Writing Prize

IN REMEMBRANCE

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

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MIT News: Remembering Leo Marx

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

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

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STS in the News

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STS In The News

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
Dr. Jennifer L. Mnookin named new chancellor of UW-Madison

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

In Arctic Lakes, Scientists Watch For a Shifting Carbon Cycle

A Toxic Legacy: What America Left Behind In Afghanistan

Book Review: The Long, Strange History of MDMA

Will ‘Poor Man’s Cocaine’ Fuel the Next U.S. Drug Crisis?

Breaking News

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

STS EVENTS

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.

Meet Our Faculty See Publications

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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