People - Ethics, History, & Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Aronson

Jay Aronson

Director

Office: Baker Hall 246B

Phone: 412-268-2887

Email: aronson@andrew.cmu.edu

I am Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department. My research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in a variety of contexts. My first book, Genetic Witness: Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling (Rutgers University Press, 2007), examines the development of forensic DNA analysis in the American legal system.  I am currently engaged in a long-term study of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification of the missing and disappeared.  The main courses I teach are: History of Public Policy in the United States (79-300); Global Justice (79-298/80-447); Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (79-342); and Biology and Society in the 19th Century (79-333).  I also occasionally teach a course devoted to the history of evolutionary thought at the graduate level.  I received my Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota and was both a Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

As the director of the Ethics, History, and Public Policy major, I am primarily responsible for working with students to craft an education program that helps them meet their personal and professional goals.  This task includes, but is not limited to: selecting courses; making sure all major requirements are met; helping majors identify research and extra-curricular activities; helping majors identify awards, honors, and contests for which they are eligible; ensuring that majors are able to study abroad at least one semester during their time at Carnegie Mellon (if they choose to do so); helping students overcome obstacles and challenges that limit peak academic performance; and encouraging majors to make use of the excellent career and internship resources we have here on campus.

Tracy London

Tracy London

Advisor and Administrator

Email: tlondon@andrew.cmu.edu

My background is in counseling and I have a master’s degree in student affairs; I have experience working in a boarding school, a private college, and a large, public university.  I’ve worked in H&SS before, as an advisor in the Academic Advisory Center (2001 -2004), which was a great experience because I learned how much I enjoy working with Carnegie Mellon students. My latest job has been mother to my three children: Joshua (almost 5), Alexandra, and Sophia (two-year-old twins). 

In my new role as advisor and administrator to the EHPP major I am here to help you with your academic audit, internships, undergraduate research opportunities, and host events on campus for you and alumni, to name a few things.  I am expecting this list to grow and change as the year goes on.  Please feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns that may arise; the best way to do this is through email (tlondon@andrew.cmu.edu).  I am available for on-campus meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (I work from home which means we will have to arrange a meeting in advance).