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Administrative Director, Science, Technology and Society
BioAs the administrative director for the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, I am responsible for managing and overseeing the program’s operational, financial, and human resources. Long interested in applied social science and public anthropology, I am happy to support a program that trains students to think critically about the relationship of social contexts and processes to the practices of science and technology. My professional interests also include community-university partnerships and international education. Before joining STS, I worked for Stanford Global Studies, managing professional development programs for community college faculty interested in internationalizing college curriculum. At Stanford, I also worked for the Center for Latin American Studies, and have more than ten years’ experience conducting research, working, and studying in Latin American, primarily Mexico, Bolivia, and Guatemala.
Trained as a sociocultural anthropologist, I have an academic focus on migration, restructuring of labor markets, socioeconomic inequalities and family in the global economy, as well as medical anthropology and reproductive health. My dissertation at the City University of New York Graduate Center focused on how the lives of children who remain with other family members in Puebla, Mexico change when their mothers migrate to the US, and how family, community, and the state in Mexico understand and deal with these changes. Research for my M.A. thesis analyzed migration and work experiences of Peruvian women in relation to the restructuring of New York City’s labor market.
Student Services Officer, Science, Technology and Society
Current Role at StanfordStudent Services Officer
Academic Prog Prof 1, Science, Technology and Society
BioKyoko Sato is Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. Her research examines technoscientific governance in Japan and the United States. She is currently co-editing a collective volume (with Soraya Boudia and Bernadette Bensaude Vincent), Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima, an interdisciplinary post-Fukushima reflection on the development of the global nuclear order. She has conducted fieldwork in various areas affected by nuclear technology (e.g., Fukushima, Hiroshima, Nagasaki; communities surrounding TMI, Hanford site, and other facilities; Church Rock) to examine the dynamics and relationships among global and national nuclear governance, expertise, and democratic citizenship. She is part of Comparative Covid Response, an on-going study on the pandemic response of 16 countries (led by Steve Hilgartner and Sheila Jasanoff). Her previous work examined interdisciplinary knowledge production in the United States and the politics of genetically modified food in France, Japan, and the United States. She has published in journals such as Science, Technology and Human Values; East Asian Science, Technology and Society; Theory and Society; and 科学技術社会論研究 (Journal of Science and Technology Studies; in Japanese) and book chapters on the Fukushima disaster both in English and in Japanese. She worked as a journalist in Tokyo before pursuing her PhD in sociology from Princeton University.
Program Associate, Science, Technology and Society
Current Role at StanfordProgram Associate, Science, Technology, and Society