Biography

Dorothy Shore Zinberg is a Lecturer in Public Policy and a Faculty Associate in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. For 10 years a biochemist at Harvard Medical School, she later received a Ph.D in sociology at Harvard. A founding member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, she teaches “Issues in Science, Technology and Public Policy” at KSG; and recently has taught “Law, Technology, and Society” at Harvard Law School.

Her research focuses on several aspects of international science and technology: industry, university, and government arrangements as a function of the increasing commercialization of science; the changes in universities and industry brought about by the Information Technologies; and Human Resources–the education and career development of scientists and engineers. She has carried out extensive research on the training and employment of foreign scientists and engineers internationally.

She has served in advisory positions on the Board of International Scientific Exchanges at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Science and Social Responsibility, and on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Program on Ethical and Human Value Implications of Science (EVIST). In addition, Dr. Zinberg has been chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the International Division of the NSF and a member of the NAS Commission for International Relations.

She has been a member of numerous committees and panels: the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPP); the Office of Technology Assessment’s Advisory Panel: Sustaining the National Technological Base; the Committee on the International Exchange and Movement of Engineers at the National Academy of Engineering; the Council of the Federation of American Scientists; and the NATO Panel on Science and Technology Policy in Brussels.

She has also served on the National Academy of Sciences committee to evaluate the expenditure of Nunn-Lugar funds to aid in the denuclearization of the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Zinberg has been a consultant to the Chase Manhattan Bank, the MITRE corporation, and also to the MacArthur, Carnegie, Sloane, and Ford Foundations. She has been a Distinguished Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and is a member of the International Council for Science Policy Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1988 she was a NAS/CAS Visiting Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Policy and Management in Beijing; in 1991 at the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy in Tokyo; and in 1995 at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. In 1998/99 she was a participant in the Salzburg Seminar series on the University and the Future of Higher Education.

More recently, she has served as a moderator of the panel “Technology, Work and Gender: The Transformative Power of the Internet” at the Third Biennial International Conference on the Internet and Society (June 2000) at Harvard University. Dr. Zinberg also participated in the Kennedy School of Government’s Internet and Governance Conference (May 2000) as a panelist of “Digital Divide: Access and Equity, Local and Global.” Other recent Internet Conferences include “Cool People in a Hot Desert” (May 2000) at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, Israel, where Professor Zinberg was a keynote lecturer and panel participant of “New Media, New Politics, New Social Order,” and The Triple Helix Conference (April 2000) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she spoke in the plenary session “The Triple Helix and the New Production of Scientific Knowledge.” Most recently, she as participated in the launching of the Oxford Internet Institute (UK) (September 2002) and delivered a plenary address at the annual Sigma Xi meetings in Texas (November 2002).

She was elected a Fellow of the AAAS, “for service to education and research in science, engineering, and public policy.”

In 1997 the Dorothy Shore Zinberg Faculty Development Fund was created at the Kennedy School of Government to acknowledge Dr. Zinberg’s contributions to Science and Technology Policy and to the University.

Dr. Zinberg recently completed a visiting professorship at Imperial College’s School of Business and Management (London), and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at University College London.