Below are Center for Science and Society staff, cluster administrators, and work-study students.
Pamela H. Smith is Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University and Founding Director of the 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.
Pamela Smith leads the Making and Knowing Research Cluster and serves as a Steering Committee and Advisory Board Member. In preparation for the Cluster's upcoming Digital Critical Edition publication, Pamela is on leave for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Naomi Rosenkranz joined the Making and Knowing Project in August 2015 as the Project Manager before becoming Assistant Director in 2019. She serves as the main administrative liaison, 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. 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.
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 Ph.D. 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.
Madi Whitman is a cultural anthropologist and science and technology studies researcher who studies how technologies, institutions, and subjectivities are made together. Madi is interested in questions of surveillance and marginality in changing regimes of data collection at universities in the United States. In her pedagogical work, Madi is committed to engaging students in ongoing challenges around science, technology, and society. Prior to coming to Columbia, she was involved in collaborations with the National Science Foundation Center for Science of Information in creating critical data modules for students.
Madi earned a PhD in anthropology from Purdue University in 2020, where her dissertation research focused on the production of data and predictive analytics in higher education in the U.S. She was previously a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Kelsey Troth is a senior undergraduate studying biomedical engineering, with a particular interest in tissue engineering and innovative prosthetics. She has been an active member of the Columbia University Engineers Without Borders chapter and its Morocco Program for three years, which has allowed her to combine her technical engineering work with the social issues and sustainability aspects of engineering projects in small international communities.
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan(Interim Chair, 2019-20) is a public health historian with a focus on the history of medical global health concerns. Her most recent research is on the cultural politics of aging in South Asia. Prior to joining the Mailman School faculty as assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Kavita was a David Bell Research Fellow at the Center for Population Studies and Development Studies at Harvard University and also was awarded the Balzan Fellowship for her work on social inequalities and health by University College London. Her training in history at Trinity College, Cambridge University and experience in archival work, policy debates and public health practice in developing settings brings together a rich interdisciplinary perspective anchored in rigorous historical method.
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan co-leads the Global Histories of Science Research Cluster and sits as a Steering Committee Member. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Kavita is also serving as the Center's Interim Director.
Jozef Sulik is the senior project manager for the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program and the Center for Science and Society. Jozef works closely with the Presidential Scholars and provides administrative support for their interdisciplinary research projects. In addition, Jozef handles event logistics for the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series and manages financial transactions and budgets for the program. Before joining the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, Jozef worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Harvard College and spent several years working as an agent in talent management in the UK. Jozef earned his BA in government from Harvard University Extension School.
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.
Caroline Surman is the Project Assistant with the Center for Science and Society and the Making and Knowing Project. She assists in planning events and programming (fulfilling her love of organization), and oversees communications and social media. She is also responsible for training and overseeing the Center's Work Study Administrative Assistants. Caroline studied Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Science at Barnard College. She completed her thesis on the role and goals of interfaith organizations in post-9/11 America. Internationally, Caroline has conducted ethnographic research across Denmark, Sweden, and Turkey. Previously, she worked for Bank Street School for Children and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Ariana Novo is a first-year undergraduate work-study student at the Center for Science and Society, studying civil engineering with a prospective minor in sustainability studies. Although she's entering a technical field, she is interested in politics and journalism, finding ways to get involved with the Columbia community through Engineering Student Council, Hall Council, and Spectator. She’s also very active in her New Jersey hometown, having volunteered at local hospitals, libraries, and various service organizations. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. In her free time, Ariana likes to watch and discuss movies with friends and attend social events to meet new people.