Pamela Smith

Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University; Founding Director

Pamela H. Smith is Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Science and Society.  At Columbia, she teaches history of early modern Europe and the history of science.  She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire (Princeton 1994; 1995 Pfizer Prize), and The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago 2004; 2005 Leo Gershoy Prize).  Her work on alchemy, artisans, and the making of vernacular and scientific knowledge has been supported by fellowships at the Wissenschafts-Kolleg, as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Getty Scholar, a Samuel Kress Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.



Melinda Miller

Associate Director, The Center for Science and Society

Melinda Miller is the Associate Director of The Center for Science and Society and Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, where she oversees the development and administration of the Center and its research clusters, Scholars, grant programs, activities, and events. Melinda received a PhD in life sciences (neuroscience concentration) from The Rockefeller University and a BS in neural science and psychology from New York University. Her research examined individual differences in the brain and behavior in response to stress, which she studied in both animal models and human populations. Prior to joining Columbia University in 2015, she worked as a senior program manager at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she helped to develop, organize, and raise funds for scientific conferences and cross-disciplinary public events.


Naomi Rosenkranz

Project Manager, The Making and Knowing Project, The Center for Science and Society

Naomi Rosenkranz joined the Making and Knowing Project in August 2015 as the Project Manager. She serves as the main administrative liaison between the various research, editorial, and digital activities of the Project staff, collaborators, and participants. She supports the historical reconstruction research, oversees the Project’s chemical laboratory, and maintains the digital collaboration systems. 

Naomi studied physics at Barnard College with minors in mathematics and Latin American/Iberian studies, concentrating her research experiences in materials science and engineering. At Deemyad Lab (University of Utah), she worked on synthesis and characterization of superconductors at extreme conditions of temperature and pressure, and at the Hipps-Mazur Group (Washington State University), she investigated the photoconductive properties of organic porphyrin nanorods. In 2014-15, she served as the inaugural Science Resident in Conservation with Columbia’s Ancient Ink Lab, identifying and characterizing ancient carbon-based inks. She continued her investigation of inks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working with the departments of Scientific Research and Paper Conservation to examine medieval iron-tannate black inks through recipe reconstructions and spectral analysis of museum objects.


Darwin Eng

Business Manager, The Center for Science and Society

Darwin Eng is the Business Manager for The Center for Science and Society, where he is responsible for maintaining the Center’s finances and budgets, and serves as the primary HR point of contact.

Darwin received his MA in English, and BA in English and Anthropology, both from CUNY Queens College. His research centered on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in Asian American literature—in particular the development of queer Asian American female identities in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats. Prior to joining the Center, he was Operations Manager at Global Risk Advisors, a consultancy firm focusing on cybersecurity and military and law enforcement training.


Jozef Sulik

Project Manager, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, The Center for Science and Society

Jozef Sulik is the project manager for the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program at the Center for Science and Society. Over the past decade Jozef has worked in higher education as well as talent management in the UK and the US.

Before joining the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, Jozef worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Harvard College, which helps undergraduate students navigate the landscape of research and fellowships at Harvard University.

Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Jozef spent several years working as an agent in talent management in the UK. As an agent, Jozef managed careers of various high profile news anchors, journalists, reporters, historians, economists, and other television and radio personalities.



Sedef Tinaztepe

Administrative Fellow, The Center for Science and Society

Sedef Tinaztepe is an administrative fellow at the Center for Science and Society since January 2017. As a Ph.D. candidate in Genetics and Development at Columbia University, she studies how the components of a retrovirus assemble into a viral particle and whether this process is mediated by host factors in the cell. Sedef has a passion for science outreach and is an avid supporter of BioBus, where she loves to explore the microscopic world with the kids of New York –and sometimes gets to play with tobacco hornworms. Prior to beginning her graduate work at Columbia University, Sedef earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California-Irvine and an M.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from Sabanci University, and worked for two years as a genetics technologist at the Yeditepe University Hospital Genetic Diagnostics Center in Istanbul, Turkey.


Hiba Seager

Administrative Assistant, The Center for Science and Society

Hiba Seager joined the Center for Science and Society as an administrative assistant in March 2016; she is an undergraduate student at Columbia College, studying political science. Her research interests explore the social justice side of politics, including civil rights and environmental policy. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a law career.


Former Staff

Deborah Coen, Director of Research Clusters and Curriculum, The Center for Science and Society

Claire Sabel, Project Manager, The Center for Science and Society

Joseph Fisher, Administrative Fellow, The Center for Science and Society



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