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HASTS graduates go on to teach in universities in tenure-track positions, and HASTS alumni currently teach at Bates College, Boston College, Cornell, Dartmouth Medical School, Harvard University, KAIST, MIT, the National University of Singapore, Olin College of Engineering, and UCLA, among other schools. Other graduates have chosen to apply their scholarly training to work in journalism, science policy, law, and business.

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Name Dissertation Current Affiliation

Teasel Muir-Harmony

Project Apollo, Cold War Diplomacy and the American Framing of Global Interdependence
Sept. 2014 | Advisor: David Mindell

American Institute of Physics

Rebecca Perry

Rigging the World: 3D Modeling and the Seduction of the Real
Sept. 2014 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

David Singerman

Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930
Sept. 2014 | Advisor: David Kaiser

Harvard Business School

Emily Wanderer

Making Biosecurity, Making Mexico: An Ethnography of Biological Invasion
Sept. 2014 | Advisor: Stefan Helmreich

Bowdoin College

Benjamin Wilson

Insiders and Outsiders: Nuclear Arms Control Experts in Cold War America
Sept. 2014 | Advisor: David Kaiser

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Nathaniel Deshmukh Towery

Changed Climate: Networking, Professionalization, and Grassroots Organizing in U.S. Environmental Organizations
June 2014 | Advisor: Susan Silbey

Volpe - The National Transportation Systems Center

Ellan Spero

Institutes for Innovation: The Emergence of Academic-Industrial Cooperation and Narratives of Progress in the Early 20th Century
June 2014 | Advisor: Anne McCants



Laurel Braitman

Animal Madness: A Natural History of Disorder
Sept. 2013 | Advisor: Harriet Ritvo

Headlands Center for the Arts

Shekhar Krishnan

Empire's Metropolis: Money Time & Space in Colonial Bombay, 1870-1940
Sept. 2013 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Alma Steingart

Conditional Inequalities: American Pure and Applied Mathematics, 1940-1975
Sept. 2013 | Advisor: David Kaiser

Harvard University Society of Fellows

Rebecca Woods

The Herds Shot Round the World: Native Breeds and the British Empire, 1800-1900
Sept. 2013 | Advisor: Harriet Ritvo

Columbia University Society of Fellows


Peter Doshi

Influenza: a study of contemporary medical politics
Sept. 2011 | Advisor: Theodore Postol

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and The BMJ

Lisa Messeri

Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds
Sept. 2011 | Advisor: Stefan Helmreich

University of Virginia

Michael Rossi

The Rules of Perception: American Color Science, 1831-1931
Sept. 2011 | Advisor: David Jones

University of Chicago

Sara Wylie

Corporate Bodies and Chemicals Bonds: An STS analysis of Natural Gas Development in the United States
Sept. 2011 | Advisor: Stefan Helmreich

Northeastern University

Xaq Frohlich

Accounting for Taste: Regulating Food Labeling in the 'Affluent Society', 1945-1995
June 2011 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


Orkideh Behrouzan

Prozàk Diaries: Post-Rupture Subjectivities and Psychiatric Futures
Sept. 2010 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

King's College London

Nicholas Buchanan

Negotiating Nature: Expertise and Environment in the Klamath River Basin
Sept. 2010 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

University of Minnesota

Candis Callison

More Information Is Not the Problem: Spinning Climate Change, Vernaculars, and Emergent Forms of Life
Sept. 2010 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

The University of British Columbia

Chihyung Jeon

Technologies of the Operator: Engineering the Pilot in the U.S. and Japan, 1930-1960
Sept. 2010 | Advisor: David Mindell

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Sophia Roosth

Crafting Life: A Sensory Ethnography of Fabricated Biologies
Sept. 2010 | Advisor: Stefan Helmreich

Harvard University


Alexander Brown

Accidents, Engineering and History at NASA: 1967-2003
2009 | Advisor: David Mindell

New Zealand Ministry of Education

Kieran Downes

From Enthusiasm to Practice: Users, Systems, and Technology in High-End Audio
2009 | Advisor: David Kaiser


Richa Kumar

The Yellow Revolution in Malwa: Alternative Arenas of Struggle and the Cultural Politics of Development
2009 | Advisor: Kenneth Keniston

India Institute of Technology Delhi

Jamie Pietruska

Propheteering: A Cultural History of Prediction in the Gilded Age
2009 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Rutgers University


Anita Chan

The Promiscuity of Freedom: Development and Governance the Age of Neoliberal Networks
2008 | Advisor: Sherry Turkle

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Anya Zilberstein

Planting Improvement: The Rhetoric and Practice of Scientific Agriculture in Northern British America, 1670-1820
2008 | Advisor: Harriet Ritvo

Concordia University

Etienne Benson

The Wired Wilderness: Electronic Surveillance and Environmental Values in Conservation Biology
2008 | Advisor: Harriet Ritvo

University of Pennsylvania

Esra Ozkan

Executive Coaching: Crafting a Versatile Self in Corporate America
2008 | Advisor: Michael Fischer



Natasha Myers

Modeling Proteins, Making Scientists: An Ethnography of Pedagogy and Visual Cultures in Contemporary Structural Biology
2007 | Advisor: Stefan Helmreich

York University

Margaret Hiesinger

Those Who Don't Know: Modernity, Risk, and Transition in Hanoi's Local Markets
2007 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

The Ecology Center

Anne Pollock

Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference
2007 | Advisor: David Jones

Georgia Tech

Peter Shulman

Empire of Energy: Environment, Geopolitics, and American Technology before the Age of Oil
2007 | Advisor: David Kaiser

Case Western Reserve University

Nathan Greenslit

Pharmaceutical Relationships: Intersections of Illness, Fantasy and
Capital in the Age of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing
2007 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

Harvard University


Hyun Gyung Im

Temporal Coordination in Distributed Work
2006 | Advisor: Joanne Yates

Seoul National University Asia Center

Jenny Leigh Smith

The Soviet Farm Complex: Industrial Agriculture in a Socialist Context, 1946-1965
2006 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

Georgia Tech

Livia Wick

Making Lives Under Closure: Birth and Medicine in Palestine's Waiting Zones
2006 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

American University of Beirut


Aslihan Sanal

Flesh Yours, Bones Mine:  The making of the biomedical subject in Turkey
2005 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

European Molecular Biology Laboratories

David Lucsko

Manufacturing Muscle: The Hot Rod Industry and the American Fascination with Speed, 1915-1984
2005 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Auburn University

Eden Medina

The State Machine: Politics, Ideology and Computation in Chile, 1964-1973
2005 | Advisor: David Mindell

Indiana University

Shane Hamilton

"Trucking Country: Food Politics and the Transformation of Rural Life in Postwar America"
2005 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

University of Georgia

Wen-Hua Kuo

"Japan and Taiwan in the Wake of Bio-Globalization: Drugs, Race and Standards"
2005 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

Yang Ming University


Chen-Pang Yeang

"Characterizing Radio Channels: The Science and Technology of Propagation and Interference, 1900-1935"
2004 | Advisor: David Mindell

University of Toronto

Rachel Prentice

"Bodies of Information: Reinventing Bodies and Practice in Medical Education"
2004 | Advisor: Sherry Turkle

Cornell University

William Turkel

"The Archive of Place: Environment and the Contested Past of a North American Plateau"
2004 | Advisor: Harriet N. Ritvo

University of Western Ontario

Babak Ashrafi

"Making and Remaking Quantum Field Theory"
2003 | Advisor: Evelyn Fox Keller

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Brendan P. Foley

"Fighting Engineers: The U.S. Navy and Mechanical Engineering, 1840-1905"
2003 | Advisor: David Mindell

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Timothy Wolters

"Managing a Sea of Information: Shipboard Command and Control in the U.S. Navy, 1899-1945"
2003 | Advisor: David Mindell

Iowa State University


Barbara Masi

"The Impact of 'Strategic Initiatives' on Structure, Governance and Resource Allocation in U.S. Research Universities"
2002 | Advisors: Louis Bucciarelli and John Van Maanen

University of Rochester

Heinrich Schwarz

"Techno-Territories: The Spatial, Technological and Social Reorganization of Office Work"
2002 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

Schwarz Innovation, Hamburg

Kaushik Sunder Rajan

"Bio Capital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life"
2002 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

University of Chicago

Kendall Hoyt

"The Role of Military-Industrial Relations in the History of Vaccine Development"
2002 | Advisor: David Mindell

Dartmouth Medical School


Benjamin W. Pinney

"Projects, Management, and Protean Times: Engineering Enterprise in the United States, 1870-1960"
2001 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Boston Consulting Group

Eric D. Kupferberg

"The Expertise of Germs: Practice, Language and Authority in American Bacteriology, 1899-1924"
2001 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

Northeastern University and Harvard School of Public Health

Eric W. Sievers

"Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Capital: The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia"
2001 | Advisor: Peter Perdue

Ethanol Europe

Gregory J. Galer

"Forging Ahead: The Ames Family of Easton, Massachusetts and Two Centuries of Industrial Enterprise, 1635-1861"
2001 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Boston Preservation Alliance

Robert Martello

"Paul Revere's Metallurgical Ride: Craft and Proto-Industry in Early America"
2001 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Olin College of Engineering


Karin Ellison

"Making of a Multiple Purpose Dam: Engineering Culture, US Bureau of Reclamation, and Grand Coulee Dam, 1917-1942"
2000 | Advisor: Deborah Fitzgerald

Arizona State University

Hannah L. Landecker

"Technologies of Living Substance: Tissue Culture and Cellular Life in 20th Century Biomedicine"
1999 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

UCLA Department of Sociology

Patricia P. Bentley

"Genetic Manipulation: The Paradox of Control in a Flexible Corporation"
2000 | Advisor: Hugh Gusterson

MIT Sloan

Christopher M. Kelty

"Scale and Convention: Programmed Language in a Regulated America"
2000 | Advisor: Michael Fischer

UCLA Center for Society and Genetics


Gregory K. Clancey

"Foreign Knowledge or Art Nation, Earthquake Nation: Architecture, Seismology, Carpentry, the West, and Japan, 1876-1923"
1999 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

National University of Singapore

Linda Eikmeier Endersby

"Expositions, Museums, and Technological Display: Building Cultural Institutions for the 'Inventor Citizen' in the Late 19th Century United States"
1999 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Michigan Historical Center

Vyacheslav Gerovitch

"Speaking Cybernetically: The Soviet Remaking of an American Science"
1999 | Advisor: Loren Graham


Diane M. Greco

"Finding a Form: The Study of Terrestrial Magnetism at Goettingen, 1818-1839"
1999 | Advisor: Jed Buchwald

Boston University

Jennifer L. Mnookin

"Images of Truth: Evidence, Expertise and Technologies of Knowledge in the American Courtroom"
1999 | Advisor: Michael Fischer



Rebecca M. Herzig

"In the Name of Truth: Sacrificial Ideals and American Science, 1870-1930"
1998 | Advisor: Leo Marx

Bates College


Roberta E. Bivins

"The Needle and the Lancet: British Acupuncture and the Cross-Cultural Transmission of Medical Knowledge"
1997 | Advisor: Harriet Ritvo

University of Warwick

Russell Olwell

"Atomic Workers, Atomic City: Labor and Community in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1950"
1997 | Advisor: Christian Appy

Eastern Michigan University


David A. Mindell

"'Datum for its Own Annihilation': Feedback, Control, and Computing, 1916-1945"
1996 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith


Joel Genuth

"The Local Origins of United States National Science Policy"
1996 | Advisor: Loren Graham

Sara E. Wermiel

"Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Development of the Fireproof Building in the United States, 1790-1911"
1996 | Advisor: Robert Fogelson

MIT, Independent scholar

Antonio José Junqueira Botelho

"Professional Against the State: French Electronics Policy in Historical Perspective"
1996 | Advisor: Charles Sabel



Brian O'Donnell, S.J.

"The Spindles Stop: Lowell, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire Respond to the Collapse of the New England Textile Industry"
1995 | Advisor: Merritt Roe Smith

Catholic Conference of West Virginia

George O'Har

"Shipbuilding, Markets, and Technological Change in East Boston"
1995 | Advisor: Leo Marx

Boston College

Jessica Wang

"American Science in an Age of Anxiety: Scientists, Civil Liberties, and the Cold War, 1945-1950"
1995 | Advisor: Charles Weiner

University of British Columbia

David M. Hart

"Competing Conceptions of the Liberal State and the Governance of Technological Innovation in the United States, 1933-1953"
1995 | Advisor: Ira Katznelson

George Mason University


Wade Roush

"Catastrophe and Control: How Technological Disasters Enhance Democracy"
1994 | Advisor: Charles Weiner



David H. Guston

"The Social Contract for Science: Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and the Boundary Between Politics and Science"
1993 | Advisor: Eugene Skolnikoff

Arizona State University


Bruce Bimber

"Institutions and Information: The Politics of Expertise in Congress"
1992 | Advisor: Charles Stewart

University of California, Santa Barbara


Gary Herrigel

"Industrial Organization and the Politics of Industry: Centralized and Decentralized Production in Germany"
1990 | Advisor: Charles Sabel

University of Chicago


AnnaLee Saxenian

"The Political Economy of Industrial Adaptation in Silicon Valley"
1989 | Advisor: Charles Sabel

University of California, Berkeley

Ronni Lynne Rosenberg

"Computer Literacy Education"
1989 | Advisor: Joseph Weizenbaum


Colleen Dunlavy

"Politics and Industrialization: Early Railroads in the United States and Prussia"
1988 | Advisors: Merritt Roe Smith and Suzanne Berger

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lindy Biggs

"Industry's Master Machine: Factory Planning and Design in the Age of Mass Production, 1900 to 1930"
1987 | Advisor: Robert Fogelson

Auburn University

George G. Hoberg, Jr.

"Pluralism by Design: Environmental Policy and the American Regulatory State, 1933-1980"
1987 | Advisor: Walter Dean Burnham

University of British Columbia


Richard E. Sclove

"Technology and Freedom: A Prescriptive Theory of Technological Design and Practice in Democratic Societies"
1986 | Advisor: Joshua Cohen

Loka Institute

Paul R. Josephson

"The Leningrad Physico-Technical Institute and the Birth of Russian Physics"
1986 | Advisor: Donald Blackmer

Colby College


Frank Laird

"Limiting Democracy: Participation, Competence, and Energy Policy"
1985 | Advisor: Eugene Skolnikoff

University of Denver