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

On Wednesday 6 October, PBS NOVA will premiere a new film about particle physics, “Particles Unknown.” Prof. David Kaiser has been helping with the film and made on-screen appearances throughout, including…
PhD student Rodrigo Ochigame designs alternative search engines and seeks to disrupt cultural assumptions in their teaching and research. Bridget E. Begg | Office of Graduate Education Publication Date: August 15,…
After careful consideration of many excellent books, the Spengler committee decided that two contributions deserved this year’s award. The winners of the Spengler Best Book Prize 2021 are equally original and…

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Undark Magazine

Truth, Beauty, Science.

Gravel or Green: What Will Become of Alaska’s Coastal Plain?

Stress in Utero: Covid Chaos and Babies’ Future Health

How Texas’ Abortion Law Is Impacting Patients and Providers

In the Russian Arctic, One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth

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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