The Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies

The Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship is offered to a junior postdoctoral scholar for a term of one to two years. Our fellows come from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, working on projects which examine the social dimensions of science and technology.

Hixon-Riggs Fellows

  • Kathleen Burns, PhD, English, Duke University. 2022–present
  • Ekaterina Babintseva, PhD, history and sociology of science, University of Pennsylvania, 2020-2022
  • Alyssa Newman, PhD, sociology, UC Santa Barbara, 2018–2020
  • Christy Spackman, currently assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, 2015–2018
  • Alison Cool, currently assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2014–2015

The early-career fellowship replaces an older program which brought prominent senior scholars working at the intersection of science, technology and society to Harvey Mudd.

Hixon-Riggs Visitors

  • Jennifer Tucker (history), Wesleyan University, 2009–2010
  • Zuoyue Wang (history), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2008–2009
  • Gary Marx (sociology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007–2008
  • Suzanne Moon (history), Colorado School of Mines, 2006–2007
  • Andrea Loettgers (physics), California Institute of Technology, 2005–2006
  • Sal Restivo (sociology), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002–2003 and 2003–2004
  • Darin Barney (political science), University of Ottawa, Spring 2002
  • Andrew Feenberg (philosophy), San Diego State University, Fall 2001
  • Langdon Winner (political science), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Spring 2001
  • David Noble (history), York University, 1997–1998 and 1998–1999

Annual Conferences

  • Reproductive Technologies, Reproductive Justice (February 2020)
  • Science and the Senses (February 2017)
  • “Science A Moving Image” (February 2010)
  • “Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China” (February 2009)
  • “Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology” (March 2008)
  • “Technology and the Colony” (February 2007)
  • “A New Form of Experiment? Exploring the Performative Potential of Models and Computer Simulations” (October 2005)
  • “Workshop on Social Studies of Social Robotics” (April 2003) by Sal Restivo
  • “Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice” (March 2002) by Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney
  • “Social Dimensions of Engineering Design” (May 2001) by Langdon Winner and jointly sponsored with the HMC Center for Design Education, Department of Engineering
  • “Biotechnology and Beyond” (March 2000) jointly sponsored with the Claremont STS Program and the President’s Office, Pomona College
  • “Engineering/Science, Universities, and Corporations: The Roles of Conscience and/or Consent” (March 10, 1999) by Ralph Nader
  • “Digital Diploma Mills” (Spring 1998) by David Noble

Hixon-Riggs Reading Group

Each spring, the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor leads a reading group in some area of interest. Participants are drawn from faculty and staff at all of The Claremont Colleges. Buffet dinner and books are provided by the Hixon-Riggs endowment.