The expertise of the department faculty ranges from the Scientific Revolution of 16th and 17th century Europe to contemporary science and technology both in the U.S. and abroad. Research and teaching examine scientific and technological practice and use, with special concern for the roles played by legal and political institutions, gender, religion, and the social dynamics of scientific communities.
Questions about how scientific and technological knowledge and expertise interact with politics and government have led to an interest on the part of some faculty members in topics of broad theoretical interest both within and outside S&TS, such as scientific advice, citizen participation, science communication, and the dynamics of public policy. Several areas of empirical research especially stand out in work by Cornell S&TS scholars: environment, biotechnology and medicine, military technology, audio and sound technologies, scientific controversy, and the history of 20th century American technology.
For more detail on faculty research interests, click here to browse profiles.
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Faculty and students draw on the university’s superb library resources, which also offer an excellent set of electronic connections to resources beyond Cornell. All of this research activity is reflected in the S&TS teaching program, as evidenced in the wide array of courses available to graduate and undergraduate students. The Department’s undergraduate curriculum offers graduate students excellent opportunities for honing their teaching skills, thus developing an increasingly important professional competence
The Science Studies Reading Group (SSRG) meets weekly to provide a forum for faculty and graduate students to discuss their work. Click here to browse the schedule of upcoming SSRG sessions.