Saul Halfon


Saul Halfon

Associate Professor


232 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-1648



  • Political sociology of technoscience
  • Technical practices of policy institutions
  • Food studies
  • Reproductive health
  • Public engagement with science and technology

Professional Activities

  • Director, Graduate Studies, STS
  • Chair, University Commission of Graduate Studies and Policies
  • Co-Chair, Theatre Workshop in Science, Technology, and Society
  • Co-Chair, Choices and Challenges Public Forums
  • Member, Society for the Social studies of Science


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Science and Technology Studies.
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, Chemistry and the Science in Society Program. 

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2013-2014 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advising.

    Selected Publications


    Halfon, Saul. 2006. The Cairo Consensus: Demographic Surveys, Women’s Empowerment, and Regime Change in Population Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Edited Books

    Taylor, Peter, Saul Halfon, and Paul Edwards (Eds). 1997. Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


    Halfon, Saul. April, 2015. “Contesting Human Security Expertise: Technical Practices in Reconfiguring International Security,” In Trine Villumsen Berling and Christian Bueger (editors), Capturing Security Expertise: Practice, Power, Responsibility. (PRIO New Security Studies), Cambridge/New York: Routledge. Pages 141-157.

    Halfon, Saul. 2010. “Confronting the WTO: Intervention Strategies in GMO Adjudication.” Science, Technology and Human Values, 35/3 (May): 307-329.

    Halfon, Saul. 2010. “Encountering Birth: Negotiating Expertise, Networks, and My STS Self.” Science as Culture, 19/1 (March): 61-77.

    Halfon, Saul. 2008. “Depleted Uranium, Public Science, and the Politics of Closure.” Review of Policy Research, 25/4 (July): 295-311.