Shobita Parthasarathy is a professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on politics and policy related to science and technology, including ways to develop innovation and innovation policy to better achieve public interest and social justice goals. Her newest research projects focus on the politics of inclusive innovation in international development, with a focus on India, and the development and governance of diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
She is the author of multiple articles and two books: Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press 2007; paperback 2012) and Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Parthasarathy also directs the Technology Assessment Project, which recently published a report on the use of facial recognition technology in schools.