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The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MichiganThe Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

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Faculty

Shobita Parthasarathy

Title:
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Email:
shobita@umich.edu
Phone:
(734) 764-8075
Office:
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #4202
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Biography

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Shobita Parthasarathy is an associate professor of public policy. Her research focuses on the governance of emerging science and technology, particularly those that have uncertain environmental, social, ethical, political, and health implications. Her work is usually cross-national in scope, and thus far she has focused on the United States, Europe, and India. She is the author of multiple articles and a book entitled Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press 2007; paperback 2012). This book influenced the recent U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the patentability of human genes. Her second book explores the ongoing controversies over patents and the public interest in the United States and Europe. New research projects investigate grassroots innovation, the politics of sustainable transportation, novel approaches to governing disruptive technologies, and controversies over geoengineering. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and PhD from Cornell University. Go to the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program’s Home Page

Educational Background:

A.B. Biology, University of Chicago (also fulfilled degree requirements in Public Policy); M.A. Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University; Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University (minor: Government)

Professional Affiliations:

Society for the Social Studies of Science American Association for the Advancement of Science American Political Science Association American Sociological Association

Recent Publications:

Shobita Parthasarathy (2010). "Breaking the Expertise Barrier: Understanding Activist Challenges to Science and Technology Policy Domains." Science and Public Policy. Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 355-367. Shobita Parthasarathy (2010). "The Implications of Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing for the Public's Health: Taking Sociotechnical Architectures Seriously." Genetics in Medicine. Vol. 12, No. 9. "Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care." http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262162423 Shobita Parthasarathy. (2005) "Architectures of Genetic Medicine: Comparing Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer in the USA and UK." Social Studies of Science. (Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 5-40). Shobita Parthasarathy. (2004) "Regulating Risk: Defining Genetic Privacy in the US and Britain." Science, Technology, and Human Values. (Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 332-352).