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Shobita Parthasarathy

Professor of Public Policy; Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy program
Parthasarathy studies the governance of emerging science and technology and politics of evidence and expertise in policy in comparative and international perspective. Her current work focuses on the development and implications of COVID-19 testing, and inclusive innovation in international development. She co-hosts The Received Wisdom podcast.
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Parthasarathy comments on the increasing politicization of science

Jan 25, 2021 Chemical & Engineering News
Noting fierce partisan debates over the science behind COVID-19, Shobita Parthasarathy comments that "These are really values debates masquerading as scientific debates. And putting them into the language of science is bad for science, but it is...
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Parthasarathy comments on Biden's science strategy

Jan 21, 2021 Axios
Emphasizing a need to pay attention to marginalized communities, Shobita Parthasarathy says "Giving people more involvement in decision-making about what research is prioritized and how it is carried out could help "align government's values with...
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Parthasarathy lauds Biden's choice for science and society advisor

Jan 18, 2021 Science Mag
"What an incredibly important and forward-thinking move to include social perspectives on science and tech policy in the office," said Shobita Parthasarathy about Alondra Nelson, the new deputy director for science and society in the White House...
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Parthasarathy profiled: why we need to diversify expertise

Jan 5, 2021 Public Books
In a Public Books Public Thinker profile, Shobita Parthasarathy discusses what drew her to science and technology policy, gene patents and testing, COVID-19, and the role of diversity and activism in science/technology to regain public trust.  In...
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Faculty News fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...
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Michigan Votes - Ford School faculty experts available

Oct 29, 2020
Contact: Daniel Rivkin, rivkind@umich.edu, +1-917-817-6323 Michigan Votes! ANN ARBOR — Experts at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the election process and results in Michigan...
State & Hill

Faculty News - Spring 2020 State & Hill

May 22, 2020
Javed Ali wrote or co-authored multiple op-eds published by The Hill. He also appeared as a frequent commentator on MSNBC. Topics ranged from U.S. national security to crises in the Middle East. John Ayanian, inaugural Director of U-M’s Institute...
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Spotlights – Spring 2020 State & Hill

May 22, 2020
All hands on deck Ford School faculty and research centers have been actively involved with the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luke Shaefer is advising the state on how to reduce the impact on low-income families. Michael Barr, Betsey...