David S. Jones




Room E51-163C



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Associate Professor of the History and Culture of Science and Technology (STS)

David Jones completed his A.B. at Harvard College in 1993 (History and Science), and then pursued both a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001. After an internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston, he trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, and then worked for two years as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital. He joined the MIT faculty in 2005. From 2004 to 2008 Professor Jones directed the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at MIT, organizing a successful series of conferences about race, science, and technology. He also teaches as a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

His initial research focused on epidemics among American Indians, resulting in a book (Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality Since 1600, published by Harvard University Press in 2004) and several articles. Jones has also examined human subjects research, Cold War medicine, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and the history of cardiac surgery. His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics, attempting to understand how cardiologists and cardiac surgeons implement new technologies of cardiac revascularization. This research is supported by an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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