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Sainath Suryanarayanan, Ph.D., Staff Scientist

As Staff Scientist at U.S. Right to Know, Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan brings depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in the social studies of science and technology, insect biology, and molecular and cellular pharmacology. He is the lead author of Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics and Honeybee Health (Rutgers University Press, 2017). Drawing on extensive interviews, ethnographic research, and archival analysis, Vanishing Bees shows how historical interactions between entomologists in land grant universities, the US Department of Agriculture and agrichemical companies have shaped the contemporary terrains of knowledge and ignorance about the interplay between pesticides and honeybee health.  Sai’s contributions to debates about the politics of knowledge and ignorance, the place of non-scientists in knowledge production, and multispecies studies have appeared in multiple journals including Engaging Science Technology & Society, Environmental Humanities, Social Studies of Science, and Science, Technology & Human Values. His current book project examines biobehavioral research on insect societies as a crucial ground for the development of theories and approaches concerning the constitution of society in the postgenomic era.

Contact Sai: sainath@usrtk.org
Follow Sai on Twitter: @sai_suryan

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