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Stephen Hilgartner


Stephen Hilgartner

Morrill Hall, Room 323D

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Cornell University
  • A.M., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • A.B., Summa Cum Laude, Cornell University


Stephen Hilgartner studies the social dimensions and politics of contemporary and emerging science and technology, especially in the life sciences. His research focuses on situations in which scientific knowledge is implicated in establishing, contesting, and maintaining social order -- a theme he has examined in studies of expertise, property formation, risk disputes, and biotechnology. His most recent book, Reordering Life: Knowledge and Control in the Genomics Revolution (MIT Press, 2017), examines how new knowledge and new regimes of control took shape during the Human Genome Project. Hilgartner’s book on science advice—Science on Stage: Expert Advice as Public Drama—won the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. He is also a co-editor of two recent books: Science & Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond (Routledge, 2015) and Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society (Routledge, 2018). Hilgartner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Current Research Projects

  • Comparative COVID Response: Crisis, Knowledge, and Politics in 15 Countries
  • Ethics-in-the-Making in Data Science
  • Making Knowledge about Risk
  • Knowledge and Control in Genomics and Postgenomics ​


  • Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Communication
  • Public Affairs


Spring 2021




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