Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Social Science and Humanities for the 21st Century, STS Makes the Connections To See the Big Picture

The field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) asks fundamental questions about the role of science and technology in social and environmental change. It integrates insights from the humanities and social sciences into a coherent body of knowledge that provides a basis for action.

Founded in 1982, the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer is one of the oldest and most highly recognized programs of its sort. Our internationally recognized faculty members have backgrounds in anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, social psychology, and sociology. They bring to their courses a unique interdisciplinary perspective on science, technology, and society.

This department is one of the few in the world that offers STS degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral levels. Degree programs offered through the STS Department emphasize the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of scientific and technological society, with a focus on ethical and values issues. Students in these degree programs can expect broad, rigorous training, with commensurate intellectual rewards.

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Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-Up: A Call for Papers

A call for presentation and panel proposals on the theory and practice of generative justiceis issued for a conference that will be held at RPI, June 27-29, 2014

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A call for presentation and panel proposals on the theory and practice of generative justiceis issued for a conference that will be held at RPI, June 27-29, 2014


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RPI grads edit special issue of interdisciplinary journal Psychnology

RPI grads David Banks (STS), Britney Summit-Gil (CM), and Dan Lyles (STS), along with STS faculty member Ron Eglash, were the guest editors for a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Psychnology. The issue contains articles presented at the Technoscience as Activism conference at RPI last summer, sponsored by the NSF-funded “triple helix” program (www.3helix.rpi.edu). The special issue is freely accessible via: http://www.psychnology.org/index.php?page=psychnology-journal-volume-11-issue-1.

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RPI grads David Banks (STS), Britney Summit-Gil (CM), and Dan Lyles (STS), along with STS faculty member Ron Eglash, were the guest editors for a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Psychnology. The issue contains articles presented at the Technoscience as Activism conference at RPI last summer, sponsored by the NSF-funded “triple helix” program (www.3helix.rpi.edu). The special issue is freely accessible via: http://www.psychnology.org/index.php?page=psychnology-journal-volume-11-issue-1.


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Faculty Positions

The School of Humanities, Arts and Socials Sciences is seeking candidates for several Faculty positions for Fall 2014.  Candidates must possess an appropriate terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DMA, MFA, or foreign equivalent) by the start of the appointment.  The positions will remain open until filled.  

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The School of Humanities, Arts and Socials Sciences is seeking candidates for several Faculty positions for Fall 2014.  Candidates must possess an appropriate terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DMA, MFA, or foreign equivalent) by the start of the appointment.  The positions will remain open until filled.  


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