Daniel Sarewitz

Director, Consortium of Science, Policy and Outcomes

Professor of Science and Society, School of Life Sciences

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability

Research Program:

Daniel Sarewitz’s work focuses on understanding the connections between scientific research and social benefit, and on developing methods and policies to strengthen such connections. His most recent book is Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (co-edited with Alan Lightman and Christina Desser; Island Press, 2003).

He is also the co-editor of Prediction: Science, Decision-Making, and the Future of Nature (Island Press, 2000) and the author of Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress, (Temple University Press, 1996). 

He has also written many other articles, speeches, and reports about the relationship between science and social progress. Prior to taking up his current position as director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, he was the director of the Geological Society of America's Institute for Environmental Education. 

From 1989-1993 he worked on Capitol Hill, first as a Congressional Science Fellow, and then as science consultant to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where he was also principal speech writer for Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr. Before moving into the policy arena he was a research associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at Cornell University, with field areas in the Philippines, Argentina, and Tajikistan. He received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University in 1986.