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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Knight Science Journalism

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

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Prof. William Deringer has a new article in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, titled “Michael Milken’s Spreadsheets: Computation and Charisma in Finance in the Go-Go ‘80s”. Michael…
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EDEN MEDINA SELECTED AS 2020–2021 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Eden Medina has been named a 2020–2021 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at…

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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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