Saul Halfon

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, STS

Blacksburg Campus


Email: shalfon@vt.eduPhone: 540-231-1648
Office Hours: TBAOffice: 232 Lane Hall

Saul Halfon works in the political sociology of controversial technoscience. His primary interest is in 1. uncovering institutional logics and practices that underpin policymaking, 2. Exploring the technical practices that support such institutions, and 3. Locating and making sense of silenced voices within such controversies. Saul has worked on a number of topics, including international population policy, reproductive policy and health, the politics of genetically modified foods, and the politics of depleted uranium. His current research is an exploration of discourses and practices around food security.

Saul is also currently co-director of two public outreach projects. Choices and Challengesis a yearly public forum that addresses a contemporary science or techno logy issue through panels and workshops. TWISTS — The Theatre Workshop in Science Technology and Society — is an interdisciplinary public outreach and research project that develops performances around controversial science and technology issues as a way to increase public expression and activation.

Saul has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University and a BA from Wesleyan University in Chemistry and Science in Society. He has been at Virginia Tech since 2000.


Publications in Science & Technology Studies

Selected Publications


Halfon, Saul. 2006.The Cairo Consensus: Demographic Surveys, Women’s Empowerment, and Regime Change in Population Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Halfon, Saul. 2010. “Confronting the WTO: Intervention Strategies in GMO Adjudication. Science, Technology and Human Values, 35/3 (May): 307-329.

Halfon, Saul. 2010. “Encountering Birth: Negotiating Expertise, Networks, and My STS Self.” Science as Culture, 19/1 (March): 61-77.

Halfon, Saul. 2008. “Depleted Uranium, Public Science, and the Politics of Closure.” Review of Policy Research, 25/4 (July): 295-311.

Sovacool, Benjamin and Saul Halfon. 2007. “Reconstructing Iraq: Merging Discourses of Security and Development”. Review of International Studies, 33/2 (April): 223-243.