Shobita Parthasarathy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Ford School, has been awarded two prestigious research fellowships for the upcoming academic year
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC has named Parthasarathy one of 25 residential fellows. The Max Planck Institute in München, Germany has also named Parthasarathy a research fellow in residence. Candidates for each fellowship are selected from a highly competitive mix of academics and policy professionals from around the world.
The two fellowships will enable her to begin work on her follow-up to her recent book, Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology and the Comparative Politics of Health Care, published this April by MIT Press. Her new work, titled "Crisis at the Patent Office: Rethinking Governance of Biotechnology in Comparative Perspective" looks at ways to enhance democratic governance in science and technology policymaking by investigating patent offices in US and European national contexts as crucial sites of scientific, political, social and ethical contestation.