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, Ph.D.
B.A. Government, Smith College
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
Ms. Steene provides administrative support to the faculty as well as various grant programs within the department. She also supports the students of the BS degrees in Public Policy and the MS degrees in Science, Technology and Public Policy.
Background and Experience:
Nancy Becerra-Cordoba, Ph.D.
B.S. Environmental Engineering/ Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México City
Research Interests: Environmental planning and policy; natural resources conservation, particularly deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Connections between land use planning and water sustainability; land-use and energy/ Climate Action Planning. Stochastic models and GIS analysis for collaborative decision making. Green spaces and urban farming; planning in multicultural cities.
Courses: Policy Analysis II & III; Program Evaluation; Senior Project; Technology, Policy and Sustainability; Introduction to Environmental Studies; Environmental Policy
Thomas Cornell, Ph.D.
B.A. Physics, Rhodes College
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
Paul Ferber, Ph.D.
B.A. Political Science, American 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, Ph.D.
BS, Physics, Pennsylvania State University
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
Gary Frost, Ph.D.
B.S. Engineering, California State University-Fullerton
Research Interests: History of technology, history of radio, history of electrical engineering
Courses: Science, Technology and Values; The Social History of Radio Technology; History of Science; Seminar: Science, Technology and the Environment
Ron Hira, Ph.D., P.E.
BS Electrical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon 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
M. Ann Howard, J.D.
2217 Liberal Arts
B.S. Human Ecology, Cornell University
Research Interests: 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
William A. Johnson, Jr.
B.A., Political Science, Howard University
Research Interests:The application of governmental policies to distressed cities, regional governments, state and local government reform, smart growth and sprawl, citizen engagement, community economic development.
Courses: Introduction to Public Policy; Public Administration and Management; Rochester: People, Politics and Planning; Urban Planning and Policy.
Special Note: This self-described “prac-ademic” has combined an early teaching career in political science with field experience in human services ( CEO of the Urban League of Rochester for 21 years), and electoral politics ( Mayor of Rochester for 12 years). He is also the recipient of four honorary doctorates from Rochester-area colleges.
Christine Keiner, Ph.D.
B.A. Biology, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College)
Research Interests: 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
B.A. Business and Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Research Interests: Science, technology and innovation policy; gender differences in science and technology; science and technology policy in China and Chinese innovation system; research methods (including patent and bibliometric analysis).
Courses: Foundations of Public Policy; Public Administration and Management; Gender, Science & Technology; Policy Analysis III; Values & Public Policy
Robert Paradowski, Ph.D.
B.S. Chemistry, Spring Hill College
Research Interests: 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.
B.A. Biology, Western State College of Colorado
Research Interests: 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.