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  • March 2nd, 2010

Profile: MIT HASTS

MIT’s Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) trains scholars to study science and technology as activities situated in social and cultural contexts. HASTS faculty examine expert as well as popular engagement with the processes and products of technological and scientific work, and conduct research across a spectrum of geographical areas and historical periods.

Faculty members from History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society share responsibility for teaching the required graduate courses and for working with students in individual tutorials, reading courses, and dissertation research.

HASTS faculty and students employ historical, ethnographic, and sociological methods and theories to investigate a wide range of topics, including:

  • cultures of engineering
  • the making of scientific tools and theories
  • conventions of laboratory practice
  • science and technology in military enterprise
  • the relation of technology to economic institutions
  • the relation of science and law
  • the politics of race and science
  • knowledge-production in biomedicine and life sciences
  • agricultural and environmental history
  • science education
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