Sheila Jasanoff


John F. Kennedy School of Government
Cambride,MassachusettsSheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies. She has held visiting positions at several universities, including Cornell, Yale, Oxford, and Kyoto. At Cornell, she founded and chaired the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She has been a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) and Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation's study center in Bellagio. Her research centers on the role of science and technology in the political structures of modern democratic societies, with a particular focus on the use of science in law and public policy. She has written and lectured widely on problems of environmental regulation, risk management, and biotechnology in the United States, Europe, and India. Her books on these topics include Controlling Chemicals (1985), The Fifth Branch (1990), Science at the Bar (1995), and Designs on Nature (forthcoming). Jasanoff has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science.