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Last updated: 11/16/2018
Kelly Bronson Ph.D.
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Department Of Sociology And Anthropology, University Of Ottawa
Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair
  Science and Technology Studies
  responsible research and innovation
public engagements with technology
science communication
biotechnology, smart agriculture
energy policy
Personal Information
CV Highlights
  Ph.D, Communication & Culture, York University, ON, Canada (2013)
Dissertation: Framing the Debate: How scientism in the courts binds public-science engagement
Committee: Jody Berland (supervisor), Myles Ruggles, Edward Jones Imhotep

M.A, Sociology of Science cum laude, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada (2004)
Thesis: An Ethnographic Investigation of the Saskatchewan Organic Farmers v. Monsanto
Committee: Michael Mehta (supervisor), Michael Gertler, Zaheer Baber

B.Sc (Hons), Environmental Sciences-Biology cum laude, Queen’s University, ON, Canada (2001)
Honours Thesis: The Population Genetics of the Biological Invasion of Flowering Rush
Laboratory: Christopher Eckert’s evolutionary biology team
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Acting Director and Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, CANADA
  Refereed Articles
Bronson, Kelly. (2015). “Responsible to Whom? Seed Innovations and the Corporatization of North American Agriculture” Journal of Responsible Innovation 2(1): 62-77.

Bronson, Kelly (accepted with revision, 7 January 2015). “Understanding ‘anti-biotech’ activism: Revealing the persistent explanatory failure of the deficit model of science communication.” Public Understanding of Science (revisions re-submitted 21 January 2015).

Bronson, Kelly. (2014).“Reflecting on the Science in Science Communication.” Canadian Journal of Communication, special issue on STS 39(4): 523-537.

Bronson, Kelly. (2009). “What We Talk About When We Talk About Biotechnology.” Politics and
Culture 2, Special issue on food sovereignty, Online at

Eckert, Christopher, Lui, Keiko, Bronson, Kelly, Corradini, Pierre, Bruneau, Anne. “Population Genetic Consequences of Extreme Variation in Sexual and Clonal Reproduction in an Aquatic Plant.” Molecular Ecology 12 (2003): 331-344.

Articles Under Review
(Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science). “The Politics of Expertise in Canadian Biotechnology Disputes: Using the concept of contributory expertise.” Submitted November 2014.

(Journal of New Brunswick Studies) “Producing Power: A case study of the New Brunswick Energy Institute” Submitted 17 March 2015

(Canadian Journal of Food Studies) “Big Data and Farming? The future of agricultural expertise” early draft of an invited “Commentary” piece submitted April 2015

Book (Co-edited)
Koc, Mustafa, MacRae, Rod and Kelly Bronson, eds. Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2007.

Book Chapters
Bronson, Kelly. (2013). “Peering into the future of food movements.”How to Win Friends and Influence Food Policy. Roberts, Wayne. Toronto: Metcalf Foundation. 125-135.

Bronson, Kelly. (2007). “How Do You Describe Your Hot-dog? Discourses of food-related risk and
the unsettling of urban order.” Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies. Eds. Koc, Mustafa, MacRae, Rod and Kelly Bronson. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.13-19

Book Reviews
Bronson, Kelly. (2014). “The Shaping of Science in Biotechnology Conflicts,” A Review of Seeds,
Science, and Struggle. Kinchy, Abby. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.”Science as Culture 23 (4), 580-584.

Bronson, Kelly. (2014). “Review of MapWorlds: History of Women in Cartography. Will Van den
Hoonaard, Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University press, 2013.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 39(3): 437-440.

Bronson, Kelly. (2013). “Technology and Values—or Technological Values? A Review of Technology and Values: Essential Readings.Hanks, Craig. Ed. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.” Science as Culture21 (4) 2012: 1-6.

Bronson, Kelly. (2008). “What We All Hunger For, A Review of Hungry Planet. Menzel, Peter and Faith D’Aluisio’s. Napa, CA: Material World Books, 2008.” TOPIA 18 2008: 177-182

Technical Reports
“Toronto Food Strategy” (2010), consultation contracted by Manager, Peter Dwarfman

“A People’s Food Policy Project” (2007), co-authorship of successful grant proposal to
Research Mobilization Grant with Food Secure Canada Director, Cathleen Kneen

Non-Refereed Publications
Bronson, Kelly. “The Crucial Role of the Arts in Facing our Climate Change Challenge” NB Media Co-op June 2015, online at:

Bronson, Kelly. “Science communicators as ethical agents: Taking a reflexive politics of knowledge approach in technoscience controversies.” In Goodwin, J., Dahlstrom, M. and S. Priest (Eds.) Ethical issues in science communication: A theory based approach (pp. 29-44). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.

Bronson, Kelly. “A Level Playing Field.” Rabble 29 February 2012, online at

Bronson, Kelly. “Global recession, local food culture blooms.” Edible (Toronto) June 2009: 5-7

Bronson, Kelly. “Food Risk: A result of Industrial Farming.” Rabble, 15 February 2007, online at

Bronson, Kelly. “G8: Two Days to a Better Africa?” Synergy summer 2002:18-20
  SSHRC Insight Development Grant, "Making Data Matter" (2016-2019)
  Refereed Conference Presentations
“The Compatibility of Food Studies and STS” Canadian Association for Food Studies Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa, ON, June 2015

“The Social Life of Facts: using climate consensus to teach students that science is a social process” Climate Change in Culture International Conference, UPEI, May 2015

“The Politics of Expertise in Monsanto v. Schmeiser: how SEE may intervene into legal disputes” Studies of Expertise and Experience 8, Kitchener, ON, June 2014

“Reviewing the Roundtable Method of Science Policy-Making: A case study of the New Brunswick Energy Institute,” 4th Annual Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication, AMES, IA, June 2014

Plenary speech: “Science Communicators as Ethical Agents: Taking a Reflexive Politics of Knowledge Approach in Technoscience Controversies” 3rd Annual Iowa State University Summery Symposium on Science Communication, AMES, IA, May 2013

“The Politics of Environmental Knowledge in Canadian Crop Biotechnology Disputes,” Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria, BC, June 2013

“Framing the debate” Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Waterloo, ON, May 2012

“Looking for the ‘people’ in food policy” Canadian Association for Food Studies Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Montreal, QC, May 2010

“Who is to Shape our Agricultural Future? Food sovereignty in an era of ownership over life” Canadian Association for Food Studies Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, May 2007

“How do you describe your Hot-dog?: Discourses of food risk and the unsettling of urban order” Canadian Communications Association Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, May 2007

“A Politics of Appearances: Arendtian politics and new social movements” Deconstructing Empire,University of Victoria, BC, June 2006

“Globalization and Civil Society: Toward a new political culture in the 21st Century,” Rockefeller Archive Center of Rockefeller University, Tarrytown, NY, May 2003

“SOD v. Monsanto as a New Social Movement” History Matters: Social movements past, present and future,New School for Social Research, NYC, May 2003

Invited Talks
Invited panelist, TV Ontario’s The Agenda, “Science versus Beliefs,” 8 June 2015

Invited panelist, “Get Science Right,” Canadian Association of University Teachers event, St. Thomas University 23 April 2015

Invited speaker, “The revolution will not be digitized,” Andrew’s Initiative at the University of New Brunswick, April 2015

Invited speaker, “Producing Power: Producing power: Building social capacity for sustainable energy futures,” Rochester Institute of Technology, Science, Technology and Society program, December 2014.

Invited panelist, “From Technological Risk to Anticipatory Governance,”research roundtable on energy policy, St. Thomas University, NB, September 2014

Invited panelist, Frankenstein panel at The Playhouse, Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 2014

Invited expert,“The Science and Technology Studies Perspective on Science Communication and its Publics,” STS Boot camp run by Situating Science, Queen’s University Biology Station, Kingston, ON, June 2014

Invited speaker, “The historical context of food security and food sovereignty,” FREDTalk, University of New Brunswick, September 2013

Invited speaker, “Engaging citizens in the making of sustainable energy futures,” Mount Saint Vincent University, Communication Studies program, March 2014

Invited speaker, “Coming to terms with techno-scientific governance,” St. Thomas University, Science and Technology Studies programme, April 2013

Invited speaker, “Public Engagements with Controversial Technologies: the promise of new media,” TCI College of Technology, April 2013

Invited speaker, “Science and Communication as Points of Inquiry,” Ryerson University Professional Communication, December 2012

Invited speaker, “Framing the Debate: How social concerns over genetic engineering are hamstrung by the Canadian courts,” Wilfrid Laurier University, Cultural Studies Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series, November 2010

Invited expert panelist, “Does it Matter What We Eat?” Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique, Toronto, ON, June 2010

Invited speaker, “The Science and Culture of Genetically Modified Foods” Youth Eco Conference, Town of Markham, ON, September 2010

Invited speaker, “Genetically Modified Foods and the Sovereignty of farmers” Canadian Organic Growers meetings, Essex, Kent and Lambton Counties, ON, November 2006

Invited panelist, “How Farmers Feel: the cultural consequences of genetically modified wheat” Saskatchewan Food Coalition panel on GM wheat, Saskatoon, SK, 2004
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