I lecture widely on issues related to science and technology policy and politics. Topics include:

  • Governance of emerging science and technology

  • Use of the patent system as a regulatory tool

  • Politics of evidence and expertise in policymaking;

  • Politics and regulation related to genetic technologies in the United States and Europe, including genetic testing and gene-editing interventions;

  • Controversies over patents on life forms (including genetically engineered plants and animals, human genes and stem cells) in the United States and Europe;

  • Social movement activism related to science, technology, and health, including patient advocacy;

  • Strategies for assessing the ethical and social implications of emerging science and technology and for incorporating these assessments into science and technology policy (also known as responsible innovation and anticipatory governance); and

  • Pursuing a career in science and technology policy.

My talks range from a more scholarly style to those meant for audiences outside my academic fields. I have listed some of my upcoming and recent academic talks below. You can also view a selection of my recent talks to scientific audiences and to policy communities, and view a full list of all of my talks on my CV.

Upcoming Talks

University of Vienna STS Talks (May 2019)

“Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020” conference, Norrkoping, Sweden (September 2019)

Recent Talks on Patent Politics

Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan (January 2019)

Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawarhalal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (December 2018) 

Department of Science and Technology—Centre for Policy Research and Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (November 2018)

Anticipatory Social Research, Social Science Research Council (October 2018).

Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney (August 2018).

Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, University of California--Berkeley, November 16, 2017. (View the video here.)

Talking Biopolitics webcast, Center for Genetics and Society, November 2017. (View the video here.)

School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, October 2017.

Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (Institute for Advanced Studies), Universidad de Santiago de Chile (August 2017).

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, June 23, 2017 (Commentators: Daniel Sarewitz, CSPO/ASU and Richard Harris, NPR). (View the video here.)

Keynote Speaker, Intellectual Property, Ethics, and the Market Conference, Centre for Personalised Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genomics, University of Oxford, UK, June 12-13, 2017. (View the video here.)

Book Launch event at Patents, Social Justice, and Public Responsibility Symposium, Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, March 27, 2017 (View the video here.)

Keynote Speaker, Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, Arizona State University, May 17-19, 2017.


Other Recent Selected Talks

National Science Foundation workshop on “Identifying Gaps, Building Bridges: Fostering Critical Exchange between Sociolegal Studies and Science and Technology Studies,” Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (May 2018)

Keynote Speaker, “Beyond Therapy and Enhancement: Restructuring Ethical Debates on Biotechnological Innovation.” University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (March 2018).

Keynote Speaker, “Workshop on Questioning Science in Uncertain Times,” Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (February 2018)

Invited Panel, "Science and Politics from Obama to Trump", American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (August 2018)

“International Symposium: Editing Genomes with CRISPR—Between Scientific Breakthroughs and Societal Challenges”, University of Vienna, Austria (October 2017).

Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA, August 2017.

Science and Democracy Network meeting, Cambridge, MA, June 2017.

Plenary panel on Science, Policy, and Economic Development, STEM Africa Conference, Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2017.

Keynote speaker, 5th conference on the governance of emerging technologies, Arizona State University, May 2017.

Health Equity Symposium, San Francisco State University, November 2016.

European Association for the Social Studies of Science and Technology/Society for the Social Studies of Science Joint Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, August 2016.

Responsiveness in European Patenting Practices, Munich, Germany, 2016.

Keynote Speaker, STGlobal conference, Washington, DC, 2016.

Workshop on the Politics of Science and Innovation Policy, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, 2016.

Keynote Address at Intellectual Property, Ethics, and the Market Conference, Centre for Personalised Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genomics, University of Oxford, UK, June 12-13, 2017.

Shobita Parthasarathy discusses her new book, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe, followed by discussion with Richard Hall, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. March, 2017.

Trager Symposium - Post-Carbon World: Advances in Legal and Social Theory held on February 19, 2016 at Brooklyn Law School. Parthasarathy talk begins at 19:45.

Shobita Parthasarathy talks about her book titled, "Building Genetic Medicine Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care." April, 2007.