Cyrus Mody (C.C.M.)
Prof. Mody is an historian of recent science and technology, specifically the applied physical sciences in the United States since 1965. He studies the commercialization of academic research, the longue durée of responsible research and innovation (RRI), and the technopolitics of scarcity in the long 1970s.
For 2020-2025, Prof. Mody is the principal investigator for an NWO (Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research) Vici grant, "Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity." Other team members are Odinn Melsted (postdoc), Michiel Bron (PhD candidate, oil and nuclear energy project), and Jelena Stankovic (PhD candidate, oil and solar energy project).
In parallel, Prof. Mody is a co-PI in the ERC Synergy grant "Nanobubbles" along with colleagues @_Nano_Bubbles . This project seeks to understand why the scientific record is so difficult to correct and how scientists are able to ignore contradictory evidence. The aim is to foster a healthier scientific dialogue in which contradictory evidence can be debated and errors corrected without fear of repercussions.
Here you can find Prof. Mody's CV.
History and sociology of recent science and technology.
Focus on histories of: applied physics and engineering science; commercialization of academic research; microelectronics; university-industry-government partnerships; countercultural science and responsible innovation; energy humanities.
Professional career history
Associate Professor, Department of History, Rice University, 2014-2015
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rice University, 2007-2014
Program Manager, Nanotechnology and Innovation Studies, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2005-2007
Ph.D., Cornell University, in Science and Technology Studies, August 2004
M.A., Cornell University, in Science and Technology Studies, January 2001
A.B., Harvard University, (magna cum laude) in Engineering Sciences, June 1997
Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Director, Maastricht University STS program (as of September 1, 2021)
PI, Managing Scarcity and Sustainability project, Dutch Research Council (NWO) VI.C.191.067
Co-PI, Nanobubbles, ERC Synergy