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Monamie Bhadra Haines

Monamie Bhadra Haines, Assistant Professor

Monamie Bhadra Haines
Monamie Bhadra Haines, Assistant Professor, Science and Technology in Society.

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
332 Lane Hall
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Monamie Bhadra Haines is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. Before coming to Virginia Tech, she spent two years as an assistant professor in STS at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen, and three years as an assistant professor in Global STS Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Monamie’s internationally comparative work examines technopolitics, activism and how they might illuminate the workings of nonliberal democracy in the areas of energy transitions and pandemic management in the so-called Global South. She also pursues comparative research on pedagogical practices in European engineering education. The broad intellectual umbrella encompassing these different research interests is interrogating the linkages between the politics of knowledge and power in postcolonial contexts by exploring how nonstate actors (e.g. activists, migrants, social entrepreneurs) engage in technopolitics and collective governance. She is currently completing her book project, Democratic Reactors: Nuclear Power, Dissent, and Experiments with Credibility in India. This monograph traces how elite, urban anti-nuclear activists have tried to build a trans-local anti-nuclear movement, and in doing so, shifted their practice from producing citizen science to citizen audits of nuclear bureaucracy, and from excluding to including lived experiences and self-understandings of nuclear risk. She shows how the shift from scientific to procedural logics offers a way for activists to negotiate two different credibility economies of which they are a part—one with the nuclear state, and another with rural polities whom they seek to represent as Gandhian citizens.

  • Science and Democracy
  • Nuclear power and Anti-nuclear activism
  • International development
  • Pandemic surveillance technologies
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.
  • B.Sc., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Geological Sciences.
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, English. 
  • Council Member, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) 2023-2026 term
  • Associate Editor, Engineering Studies
  • 2020    The Stories of a Pandemic (SOAP) Award for Best Commentary, The Majurity Trust “Wearables and Privacy” by Hallam Stevens and Monamie Bhadra Haines AcademiaSG.
  • 2016    Nicholas C. Mullins Award for best graduate student essay at the Society for the Social Studies of Science.
  • 2014    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy at the Residential College Service Award, Arizona State University.
  • 2006    Avery and Jule Hopwood Award ($3,500). 1st place in the Undergraduate Essay category at University of Michigan.
  • Haines, MB. (forthcoming). “(Self)-Critical Pedagogy: Teaching STS in Singapore.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society.
  • Haines, MB. (forthcoming). Book Review: “Ploughshares and Swords: India's Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War” by Jayita Sarkar, Cornell University Press. Technology and Culture.
  • Haines, MB and Sharlissa Moore, and Turner Adornetto. (2023). “Suspending Democratic (Dis)belief: Nonliberal Energy Polities of Solar Power to Morocco and Tanzania.” Energy Research & Social Science. 96 (102942).
  • Haines, MB. (2022). “Activism against the Haripur Nuclear Power Plant in West Bengal.” In Editor Ajmal Khan. People Against Nuclear Energy: Anti-Nuclear Movements in India. New Delhi: Yoda Press.
  • Haines, MB. (2020). “(Nation) Building Civic Epistemologies around Nuclear Energy in India.” Journal of Responsible Innovation. 7(sup 1): 34-52.
  • Stevens, Hallam and Haines, MB. (2020). “TraceTogether: Pandemic Response, Democracy, and Technology.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society. DOI: 
  • Haines, MB and Sarkar, Sreela. (2020). “Sticks, Stones and the Secular Bones of Indian Democracy. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. (6):133-141. DOI:
  • Janelle R Thompson; Nancharaiah, YV; Gu X; Lee WL; Rajal VB; Haines MB; Girones R; Ng LV; Alm, EJ; Wuertz, S. “Making Waves: Wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 for population-based health management.” (2020). Water Research (impact factor 9.13) DOI:
  • Haines, MB. (2019). “Contested Credibility Economies of Nuclear Power in India.” Social Studies of Science. 49(1):29-51. DOI:
  • Bhadra, M. (2013). “Fighting Nuclear Power, Fighting for India’s Democracy.” Science as Culture. 22:2, pp 238-246. DOI:
  • 2020 - Lead-PI with Co-PIs Laavanya Kathiravelu and Ye Junjia (NTU). Social Science Research Council (SSRC, Brooklyn, NY). Just Tech: Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant. “Singapore’s surveillance experiments on low-wage migrant worker dormitories: Implications for Singapore and other nations.”
  • 2016 - American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/The Ohio State University Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2012 - American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Junior Research Fellowship


  • Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. New York University School of Law. “Surveillance of the Poor in Singapore: Poverty in the ‘Smart City.’ February 23, 2022.
  • Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. Intercultural Ethics and Technology. University of Twente. “Technodemocratic Imaginaries of Solar Power in Morocco and Tanzania.” January 28, 2022.
  • Emerging Challenges for Cities in Southeast Asia: Pandemics and Surveillance. Singapore Management University x National Library Board series. November 11, 2021.
  • “Visual political economies of pity in the uranium mines of Jadugoda, Jharkhand.” Symposium: Envisioning Next Generation Radiation Governance. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) San Francisco, UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, University of California Irvine Department of Anthropology and the Disaster-STS Research Network. March 30, 2021.
  • “Migration and Surveillance in Singapore.” This is Migrations: A World on the Move. A Cornell University podcast with Eleanor Payntor. February 18, 2021, aired in May 2021.
  • “Episode 6: COVID Knowledge, Technology, and Politics: Dispatches from Around the World.” Received Wisdom podcast with Shobita Parthasarathy and Jack Stilgoe. April 20, 2020.
  • Haines, MB and Stevens, Hallam. (2020). “Governed by Tech: Citizens and the making of the Smart Nation.” Academia SG.
  • Stevens, Hallam and Haines, MB. (2020). “Wearables and privacy.” Academia SG
  • Haines, MB and Stevens, Hallam. (2020). “Does Singapore need mandatory contact tracing apps?” Co-published with New Mandala: New Perspectives of Southeast Asia and Academia SG.
  • Haines, MB and Loh Shi-Lin (2020). “Geoengineering responsibility?” Backchannels Blog for Society for the Social Studies of Science.
  • Bhadra, M. (2012). “White Paper Panel 3: Design for Climate Adaptation at the City Region Scale.” For Changing the Climate: Innovation in the Built Environment for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. National Science Foundation Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, September 28-29, 2012.
  • Bhadra, M. (2012). “India’s Nuclear Power Problem.” Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Vol 5. pp. 71-81
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Theory of Science in Engineering
  • Design Thinking and Sociotechnical Systems
  • Gender, Race and Technology
  • Terraformations: Technology, Culture and Nature in a Globalizing World
  • Comparative Studies of Science, Technology and Democracy
  • Introduction to Cultures of Technology and Science
  • “Suspending Democratic (Dis)belief: Beyond Energy Democracy in the Global South.” European Association for the Study of Science & Technology. Madrid, Spain.  July 8, 2022.
  • “Suspending Democratic (Dis)belief: Technodemocratic Imaginaries of Solar Power in Morocco and Tanzania.” June 3, 2022. Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies. Aarhus University.
  • Discussant, Representing Islam: Hip Hop of the September 11th Generation by Kamal Mohamad Nasir. Nanyang Technological University, 1 April 2021
  • “STEM and women in Singapore.” With Kelly Merie Portscher. National Science Foundation funded international symposium: “Public Awareness of STEM & Advancing the Role of Women in STEM.” Bangkok, Thailand. (originally May 25-28, 2020, but postponed to October 25-28, 2020 because of COVID-19).
  • Post-Carbon Institute. Denmark. “The Great Unraveling? Understanding and Responding to Destabilization in the Age of Environmental Breakdown.” Denmark, August 21-24, 2020.
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Boston University, and the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI). “Towards an interdisciplinary knowledge community on the critical understanding of emergent climate system intervention technologies in Southeast Asia”. Bali, Indonesia. November 8-9, 2019
  • “Emerging (Non) Publics around Nuclear Energy in India.” Publics, Politics, and Technoscience in Contemporary Indian Contexts organized by Wiebe E. Bijker and Aalok Khandekar. O.P. Jindal University. Sonepat, Haryana, India, November 18, 2014.