Faculty & Staff

We have a distinguished and highly trained faculty and support staff, who aim to impart their knowledge and skills to produce students who will become leaders in the fields of science, technology and public policy. In recent years this faculty has produced five books, published numerous peer reviewed journal articles and are widely sought to offer well-informed positions on key policy issues in the local and national print and electronic media. This faculty has generated over $ 2 million dollars in externally funded research projects, won two Miller fellowships, and several FEAD, PLIG and faculty research grants.

Deborah Blizzard

Deborah Blizzard, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy

1315 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-4697
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: dlbgsh@rit.edu

B.A. Government, Smith College
M.S. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: sociocultural construction of fetoscopy (in utero fetal surgery); bereavement and hope in partially lost twin gestations; cultural analysis of contemporary close-up magic; feminist pedagogy; gender studies

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Biomedical Issues: Science and Technology; Cyborg Theory: (Re)Thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century; Gender, Science and Technology; Reality TV and the Construction of Reality; Magic, Science and Technology; Sexuality, Medicine, Science and Technology

   
Peggy J. Mack

Peggy J. Mack
Senior Staff Assistant
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy

1313 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-5291
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail:  pjmgla@rit.edu

Ms. Mack provides support to the Department Chair and administrative support to the faculty as well as supporting the students of the BS degrees in Public Policy and the MS degrees in Science, Technology and Public Policy.

Background and Experience:  Peggy has over 20 years of administrative and event planning experience working at for Marriott, The RIT Inn, The Health Association and Eastman Kodak.  Prior to coming to RIT she was an Event Manager at The RIT Inn and Conference Center.
   
Thomas Cornell

Thomas Cornell, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy
Department of History

3188 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-6029
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: tdcgsh@rit.edu

B.A. Physics, Rhodes College
M.S. Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D. History of Science, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: particle accelerators (e.g., cyclotrons and Van de Graaff generators) in the 1930s; the history of the physical sciences in the U. S. since the Civil War; and the role of science and technology in American society

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; History of Science; History of American Technology; Face of the Land; STS Classics

   
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Paul Ferber, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy
Department of Political Science

1334 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-2938
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: phfgss@rit.edu

B.A. Political Science, American University
M.Ph. Political Science, George Washington University
Ph.D. Political Science, George Washington University

Research Interests: The study of the influence of communication technology on the politics of the United States, variously described as cyberdemocracy, e-government, digital democracy, and other manifestations of Internet-based communication

Courses: Social Consequences of Technology; Environmental Policy; American Politics; State and Local Politics

   
Franz Foltz

Franz Foltz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy

1356 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-5368
Fax 585-475-2510
E-mail: franz.foltz@rit.edu

BS, Physics, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Governmental Science Policy, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: cyberdemocracy, and digital government, science and technology policy, environmental policy, global change research policy, energy policy, science and technology studies, ideas of power, technology and religion, and democratic theory and increasing public participation (especially connected to science, technology, and power)

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Science and Technology Policy; Energy and the Environment; Environmental Policy; Foundations of Public Policy, Seminar: Readings in Public Policy; Graduate Seminar in Science and Technology Policy, Energy Policy, Environment and Society; Seminar: Evaluation Research

   
Ron Hira

Ron Hira, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society/Public Policy

1305 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-7052
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: rhira@mail.rit.edu

BS Electrical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University
MS Electrical Engineering, George Mason University
Ph.D. Public Policy, George Mason University

Research Interests: Competitiveness and innovation policy; offshoring & globalization; high-skilled immigration; engineering labor markets; offshoring in the printing industry; the role of engineers in public policy; author of Outsourcing America.

Courses: Policy Analysis I, II and III; Seminar: Readings in Public Policy; Information and Communications Policy; Technological Innovation and Public Policy; Engineering and Public Policy; Foundations of Public Policy

   
Eric Hittinger

Eric Hittinger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society/Public Policy

1309 Eastman
Phone:  585-475-5312
Fax:  585-475-2510
E-mail:  eshgpt@rit.edu

Research Interest: Energy Policy, Energy Storage, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency
 
Courses:  Energy Policy, Policy Analysis

   
M. Ann Howard, J.D.

M. Ann Howard, J.D.
Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy
Environmental Science Program
Senior Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts

2217 Liberal Arts
Phone: 585-475-5104
Fax: 585-475-7120
E-mail: mahgsh@rit.edu

B.S. Human Ecology, Cornell University
J.D. Rutgers University School of Law

Research Interest: relationship between environmental decision-making and the role of citizen involvement, especially on the local level; sustainable community development, community revitalization and citizen governance; university/community partnerships and community-based learning in higher education

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Foundations of Public Policy, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Environmental Conflict Resolution, Risk and Environmental Decision-Making, Great Lakes I and II, Sustainable Communities; Values and Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Policy Seminar: Legal Perspectives

   
Christine Keiner, Ph.D.

Christine Keiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy & History

1311 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-4698
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: cmkgsh@rit.edu

B.A. Biology, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College)
Ph.D. History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interest: history of ecology and biology, history of Cold War science and technology, U.S. environmental politics, and relations between science and politics; author of The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Forum for the History of Science in America Book Prize, Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Book Award, and Honorable Mention from the Frederick Jackson Turner Committee of the Organization of American Historians

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Introduction to Environmental Studies; History of Ecology and Environmentalism; Engineering in American Culture; History of Women in Science and Engineering;, Seminar in Science, Technology and the Environment; Great Lakes I and II

Courses: Foundations of Public Policy; Public Administration and Management; Gender, Science & Technology; Policy Analysis III; Values & Public Policy

   
Robert Paradowski, Ph.D.

Robert Paradowski, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy

3134 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-6950
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: rxpgsh@rit.edu

B.S. Chemistry, Spring Hill College
M.A. Physical Chemistry; Brandeis University
Ph.D. History of Science; University of Wisconsin

Research Interest: Life and work of Linus Pauling, history of chemistry, history of science and technology, Roman Catholic studies

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Makers of Modern Science; History of Science; History of American Technology; History of the Environmental Sciences; Introduction to Environmental Studies; History of Chemistry; Science and Religion; Energy and the Environment; Social Consequences of Technology

   
Richard Shearman, Ph.D.

Richard Shearman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy
Environmental Science Program

1354 Eastman
Phone: 585-475-6604
Fax: 585-475-2510
E-mail: rlsgsh@rit.edu
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B.A. Biology, Western State College of Colorado
M.S. Biology, Eastern New Mexico University
Ph.D. Environmental Science, State University of New York at Syracuse

Research Interest: Interdisciplinary problem solving; environmental science pedagogy; practical problems associated with the conservation of biological diversity; science and advocacy; the philosophy of Aristotle as applied to environmental thinking.

Courses: Introduction to Environmental Studies; Environment and Society; Biodiversity and Society; Agriculture, Food Production, and the Environment.

 

New Visiting Faculty:
Benjamin Deitchman - Visiting Assistant Professor/Public Policy bhdgsh@rit.edu
Jessica Lyons - Visiting Assistant Professor/ Public Policy jwlgla@rit.edu
Sabrina Weiss - Visiting Assistant Professor/ STS