Assistant Professor, ISAT

conleysn@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Arizona State University 
    Focus areas: Public Policy, Political Theory, Science and Technology Studies
  • M.A. in Political Science, Arizona State University
  • B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University 
    Majors: Political Science, Justice Studies 
    Honors Certificate in Politics, Philosophy, and Law
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • The multi-sited governance of new and emerging technologies
  • Science and engineering education and curriculum development
  • Collaborative inquiry into the broader social, ethical, and environmental implications of emerging technologies
  • Social and cultural perspectives on “responsible innovation”
  • The role of experts and expert knowledges in the governance of emerging technologies
  • The comparative social, historical, legal, and cultural contexts of genetic and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Comparative issues in women’s health
Experience

Teaches in the area of Social Context of Science and Technology.  Focuses on the governance of new and emerging technologies, drawing from empirical case studies in genetics and reproductive technologies.  Her dissertation focused on the governance of assisted reproductive technologies in the United Kingdom.  During her PhD, she was a fellow with the NSF-funded Socio-Technical Integration Research Project (STIR). As part of this project, she participated as an embedded social scientist in genetics laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Oxford, UK.  As part of this “collaborative ethnography,” she worked with scientists to think about the societal considerations related to their day-to-day work in the laboratory.

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