Kyoko 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.

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology (2007)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Member of the Advisory Board, Clarion Alley Mural Project


    San Francisco

All Publications

  • Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima History and Philosophy of Technoscience edited by Bensaude-Vincent, B., Boudia, S., Sato, K. Routledge. 2022

    View details for DOI 10.4324/9781003227472

  • What the Bomb Has Done: Victim Relief, Knowledge and Politics Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima Sato, K. Routldge. 2022; 1
  • 「科学技術と市民」とフクシマ: STS(科学技術社会論)の視点から (Technoscience and Citizenship: Rethinking Fukushima from Science and Technology Studies Perspectives) 21世紀の新しい社会運動とフクシマ (New Social Movement of the 21st Century and Fukushima) Sato, K. edited by Goto, Y., Goto, N. Hassaku-sha. 2020
  • Japan’s Nuclear Imaginaries Before and After Fukushima: Visions of Science, Technology, and Society Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety Sato, K. edited by Ahn, J., Guarnieri, F., Furuta, K. Springer. 2017
  • Shared Cognitive-Emotional-Interactional Platforms: Markers and Conditions for Successful Interdisciplinary Collaborations SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN VALUES Mansilla, V. B., Lamont, M., Sato, K. 2016; 41 (4): 571-612
  • STSと民主主義の未来:福島原発事故を契機として (STS and the Future of the Democratic Society: Post-Fukushima Reflections) 科学技術社会論研究:福島原発事故に関する省察 (Journal of Science and Technology Studies) Sato, K. 2016; 12
  • Cultural Politics of Food Safety: Genetically Modified Food in Japan, France, and the United States The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society Sato, K. edited by Herring, R. Oxford University Press. 2015
  • Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a Nuclear Meltdown EAST ASIAN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL Jones, C. F., Loh, S., Sato, K. 2013; 7 (4): 601–23
  • Genetically modified food in France: symbolic transformation and the policy paradigm shift THEORY AND SOCIETY Sato, K. 2013; 42 (5): 477-507