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

  • 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.

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.

Upcoming 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)

School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA (October 2017)

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

Recent Selected Talks

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

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

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

Book Launch, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with commentary from Richard Harris, National Public Radio, and Daniel Sarewitz, Arizona State University, June 2017.

Keynote Speaker, Conference on IP, ethics, and the market in an age of personalized medicine, Oxford University, 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.

Trager Symposium, Brooklyn Law School, New York, NY, 2016.

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, 2015.

History of Science Society meeting, San Francisco, California2015.

The Science Policy Interface: International Comparisons, Balsille School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2014.

Institute for Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014.

“Expertise, Justice, and Changing Legal Orders” Workshop, The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2013.