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Gwen Ottinger, PhD

Gwen Ottinger, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Center for Science, Technology & Society

College of Arts and Sciences


Ottinger directs the Fair Tech Collective, a research group committed to using social science theory and methods to inform the development of technologies that foster environmental justice. Her work yields insight relevant to public policy for environmental protection and for technological innovation; her commentary and analysis have appeared in major print media, blogs, and the National Academies of Science journal Issues in Science and Technology. She has been quoted by Grid Magazine, Public Source, and National Public Radio affiliate WHYY, as well as other publications focusing on energy, design, science, and the environment.  

Ottinger holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley, as well as bachelor’s degrees in both engineering and the humanities from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of a prestigious Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, and of the 2015 Rachel Carson prize for her book Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges.

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