The Common Good in the Digital Age

Sheila Jasanoff

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Science and Technology Studies - USA, Boston

Keynote speaker Session 4: Future horizons and their respective ethical dilemmas


Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, she was founding chair of Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. At Harvard, she founded and directs the Program on Science, Technology and Society; she also founded and coordinates the Science and Democracy Network. Jasanoff’s research centers on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She has written more than 120 articles and book chapters and authored or edited more than 15 books, including The Fifth BranchScience at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. An edited volume, Dreamscapes of Modernity, was published in 2015. Her most recent books, The Ethics of Invention and Can Science Make Sense of Life?, appeared in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Her work has been translated into multiple languages.

Jasanoff has held distinguished professorships in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Karl W. Deutsch Guest Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the 2018 A. O. Hirschman prize of the Social Science Research Council, the Reimar-Lüst Prize of the Humboldt Foundation, the Austrian Government’s Ehrenkreuz, the Bernal award of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Twente and Liège. She is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.