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Samantha Jo Fried, PhD



I'm the Program Manager for Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Civic Studies Program at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. I'm also part of Tisch College's Civic Science initiative.

I received my doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech. I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing.

I belong to two cats, Croissant and Cake Pop. If you must put me in a box, I'm an INFJ and an Enneagram Type 1w9.

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REsearch Interests

I am most interested in the politics of knowledge, and how and why institutions configure themselves within those politics--and vice versa. How can people work together to change systems of knowledge and institutions?

I have been known to begin a satellite-related knitting project or two. You can view some of my other knitting projects here. I've also drawn knit things: the knitted illustrations on this website are my creations.


Teaching and Writing

I taught a class this past fall whose syllabus I'm especially proud of. It was a reading-and-discussion-based course on Progress. I might continue to post courses whose syllabi strike me as shareable.

I've also started a non-interactive blog. I'll write things, and you can read them if you'd like.

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