Khosla Family Professor of Education & Director of Program in Science, Technology, and Society


John is Khosla Family Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He began his career as a school teacher in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, before going on to complete degrees in English, Education Theory, and the Sociology of Education. Among his eleven books are Empire of Words: the Reign of the OED (Princeton University Press, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), which has won two outstanding book awards (as did Learning to Divide the World), and The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke (University of Chicago Press, in press). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Education (U.S), Willinsky also directs the Public Knowledge Project, in a partnership with Simon Fraser University Library, which has developed award-winning open source (free) software for the online management and publishing of principally open access journals and books. The software is currently deployed by over 10,000 research journals in 25 languages around the world, and he continues to collaborate on journal-development initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia in an effort to extend the human right to know.

Associate Director and STS Honors Program Director


Kyoko is the STS Associate Director and the Director of the STS Honors Program. Her research explores how cultural meanings, politics, and institutional frameworks intersect in the development of sociotechnical systems. She is currently conducting a multi-year study on nuclear governance in Japan and the United States, specifically examining how it evolved in postwar years and what impact the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has had on it in both countries. Her previous work examined the politics of genetically modified food in France, Japan, and the United States. Her fields of teaching include the politics and culture of food, environmental politics, nuclear history, globalization, social theory, and methods of social sciences. Dr. Sato received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University, MA in journalism from New York University, and BA in English from the University of Tokyo. She was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University and taught as a lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Born and raised in Tokyo, she worked as a reporter for The Japan Times, an English-language daily in Tokyo, before entering the academia.

Program Manager

Stephany joined the STS team in June 2012. She has a strong background in student services, community relations and partnership development. She is a panelist on the Stanford Judicial Affairs Hearing Panel and also participates in other small working groups around the Stanford community. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, INC. Stephany has always enjoyed serving her community and has served on several executive cabinets including San Jose Chapter of the NAACP and the California State Baptist Convention, INC. She’s been acknowledged by CSU Chancellor Charles Reed for her participation in the CSU Super Sunday Initiative and other local and state level dignitaries for her community service. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University. For many years she served as a consultant to the SJSU African-American Advisory Group and the SJSU President’s Office. Stephany enjoys conducting gospel music workshops and choral vocal training. Above all, she enjoys providing inspirational talks to all young people from the college bound high achiever to the at-risk youth that sit at local juvenile halls and centers. Stephany is currently a graduate student at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where she is pursuing a Master's of Arts in in Educational Leadership. Simply put, Stephany devotes her life to serving others and being the difference not just making one.

Student Services Officer

Sierra originally joined the STS team in July 2014 as the Interim Student Services Officer and returned as the permanent Student Service officer in December 2015. She has been a student services professional since 2008. Sierra earned her B.A. in Women's Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After accepting a position within a higher education institution, she quickly realized her passion for the collegiate demographic. To become a better communicator, advisor, and counselor, Sierra obtained her M.A. in Psychology at Texas Southern University. There she was appointed as a Graduate Assistant in the University Counseling Center where she provided individual and group counseling in addition to hosting on campus workshops. With her strong background in higher education administration and counseling, she looks forward to assisting STS students in achieving excellence. As a  relatively new Californian, in her leisure time she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, trying new food, reading and spending time with her husband and children. 

STS Writing Specialist and Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric


Kevin is the dedicated Writing Specialist for STS. He is a writer who joined Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric in 1999. He teaches the Feature Article, Performance, and the advanced seminar, Tech and Human Values. As a specialist, Kevin works with STS 1 and TA training, Honors Writers, Capstone Courses, and workshops like Making the STS Pitch. Kevin is a graduate of Swarthmore College (English lit.), U.C. Berkeley (Orality and Performance) and SF State (Creative Writing). His work has been published and produced in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Stanford. Kevin is the recipient of major grants from Stanford Arts, Theater Communications Group, and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Program Associate


Emily joined the STS team in April 2016 as the Program Associate. Emily earned her B.S. in Ecology (with an emphasis in Ornithology) from San Francisco State University.  She has a strong background in the Sciences and is especially passionate about our ecological system to include conservation and its effects on plants and animals in our environment.  During university, Emily was a student teacher and enjoyed educating and mentoring young students about sustainability through lessons in horticulture and waste reduction.  Along with her background in Science, she has experience with Visual Communication and Design work, and now utilizes all her education and passions in her position at STS. Having completed a six-year program with the National Charity League, Emily worked with many non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and has empathy and willingness to continue to assist those in need.  Outside of work, Emily enjoys exploring the outdoors and is an avid hiker and bicycle rider.  Her love of people and culture comes in part from traveling to 20+ countries in 5 continents.  She spends her free time expressing creativity through photography, bird watching, and skydiving.