Shobita Parthasarathy is Associate Professor in the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the challenges of governing controversial science and technology in democratic societies, particularly in cross-national and global perspective. She is the author of numerous articles and a book, Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007), that compared the development of genetic testing for breast cancer in the United States and Great Britain. Research findings from this book have been used to support the ongoing litigation against gene patents in the United States. She is currently working on her second book, which compares the politics of patenting life forms in the United States and Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and Masters and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. She has held fellowships at University of Cambridge, University of California—Los Angeles, Northwestern University, American Council of Learned Societies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law, and the American Bar Foundation.
Shobita Parthasarathy (2011). "Whose Knowledge? Whose Values? The comparative politics of patenting life forms in the United States and Europe." Policy Sciences. Vol 44, No. 3, p. 267-288)
Shobita Parthasarathy (2010). "The Implications of Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing for the Public's Health: Taking Sociotechnical Architectures Seriously." Genetics in Medicine. (Vol. 12, No. 9.)
Shobita Parthasarathy (2010). "Breaking the Expertise Barrier: Understanding Activist Challenges to Science and Technology Policy Domains." Science and Public Policy. (Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 355-367.)
Shobita Parthasarathy (2007). Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.