The Projects


Raquel Baldwinson is a PhD student in English and STS. She turns to Rhetoric as an entry point for the study and critique of issues in science and medicine. Her current projects include a critical examination of the Canada Pension Plan’s processes for determining eligibility for disability benefits, and a study of collaboration ethics in the neglected global disease research community. These projects also inform her ongoing methodological research on ways of doing STS scholarship that translate to meaningful doings.

Shoshana Deutsh is a PhD student in STS at Cornell University. Her interests around expertise and the politics of scientific communities formed the basis of her master’s thesis on science activism in Canada, which she completed at UBC. Her current projects concern the production of environmental knowledge, traditional knowledges, and environmental and health in/visibilities generated by technologies of “sustainable development.”

Jordan Howell is a graduate student in STS at UBC. His work explores the cultural history of science and philosophy in late-nineteenth century Europe. In particular, his MA thesis examines conceptions of mental work in fin-de-siècle France. He is interested in how conceptions of creativity and rationality coevolve with technologies and human practices.

Adrian Lou is a PhD student in English, specializing in rhetoric and cognitive linguistics. He is interested in how modern digital technology, ranging from social media to smartphones, persuades us to construct and perform our identities. His research utilizes both rhetorical theory and cognitive linguistics theory (such as conceptual metaphor, blending, and viewpoint theory) to examine internet discourse and the ways in which multimodal interfaces allow and restrict how users are able to present themselves.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s icon on Twitter may be a duck, but she is actually a human with an interest in the intersection between science, literature and pop culture. She has a stack of books on eugenics, social Darwinism and Lovecraft, and her thesis focuses on this topic. She is also interested in the representation of science in the Victorian era. Her curious blog is and she tweets random bits @silviamg.

The Instructor

Alan Richardson is Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member in the STS Graduate Program at UBC. Most of his research is on the relations between the history of science and the history of philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially on the development of philosophy of science as a subfield in philosophy. His most recent edited volume is Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies (co-edited with Flavia Padovani and Jonathan Y. Tsou; Springer, 2015).


We wish to thank the following institutions for assisting or supporting our research:

  • UBC Department of Philosophy
  • UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning
  • UBC Public Affairs
  • The Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • GIRLsmarts4tech
  • Science World British Columbia


Faculty in the University of British Columbia’s Science and Technology Studies program come from English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology, the School of Journalism, and the Faculty of Education. Topics for STS study include: how laboratories work, how to understand the development of scientific practices and technological objects in social context, examination of the ethics of science and technology, analysis of expertise and authority of science in democracies, understanding relations between science and public policy, and exploring representations of science and technology. The STS Graduate Program is one of only two such programs in Canada, and the first to be housed in an Arts faculty.

The two-year M.A. program in STS is designed to give students opportunities to develop their understanding of the roles of science and technology in the contemporary world, and to work in fields such as science and technology policy, science journalism and communication, or curatorial positions in science and technology museums. Our graduates also pursue further studies in Ph.D. programs.

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