Interested in how science, technology, and society interact? Find out more information about the Science and Technology in Society Teaching Group professors and the undergraduate courses they teach at the University of Waterloo.
Katherine Phillips is the Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character, and the Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Company Center for Leadership and Ethics at the Columbia Business School. Before moving to Columbia in 2011 she served as the Co-Director and Founder of the Center on the Science of Diversity and Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Professor Phillips received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Phillips’ research addresses the value of diversity and the barriers that prevent society, organizations and especially work teams from capturing the knowledge, perspectives and unique backgrounds of every member. Professor Phillips is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including recognition from the International Association of Conflict Management, and the Organizational Behavior and Gender, Diversity, and Organizations Divisions of the Academy of Management. She is an APS Fellow and in 2018 she appeared on the Thinkers 50 list. Her research has been published in numerous scholarly and popular outlets. She lives in New York City with the other Professor Phillips, two daughters, and their cat, Maxie.
Andrei Cimpian (http://CimpianLab.com) earned a PhD in psychology from Stanford University in 2008 and is now Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. One of his main areas of expertise is academic achievement and motivation. Among other topics, he has investigated common cultural beliefs about intellectual ability—including stereotypes about who has such ability—and the effects these beliefs have on young people’s aspirations and achievement. In a second line of work, Dr. Cimpian investigates the development of children’s concepts of natural kinds and social groups, and their explanations for what they observe in the world. Dr. Cimpian’s research has been published in top journals such as Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Psychological Science, earning him the 2018 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Economist have covered his work.
Dr. Diekman is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She is a social psychologist who investigates how stereotypes stem from and reinforce the social structure, with an emphasis on change and stability in gender roles. Her current work, funded by the National Science Foundation, explores stereotypes that STEM fields do not afford opportunities to connect or help others. She and her research group are particularly interested in understanding how communal opportunities in STEM can motivate students from underrepresented groups.
Corinne Moss-Racusin studies the ways in which stereotypes contribute to inequality within different kinds of institutions. She is particularly interested in understanding and ameliorating gender bias throughout STEM fields in order to boost diversity and scientific excellence. After completing her undergraduate work at New York University, Dr. Moss-Racusin received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University (in both the Psychology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Departments) before beginning a faculty position at Skidmore College in the summer of 2013. Dr. Moss-Racusin’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Moss-Racusin’s work has been published in prominent outlets such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Her work is also regularly covered by the media (e.g, The New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC World News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, etc.).
Dr. Fehr is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at the University of Waterloo. She is a co-founder of the APA Committee on Status of Women Site Visit Program, and the co-founder and co-editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. She has won several national grants for her work exploring how diversity promotes excellence by leading to more rigorous, effective, and creative science and technology research. And she had been invited to share her research with STEM programs across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Dr. Fehr will deliver a presentation on the ethical, cultural, and economic importance of diversity within STEM.