Core Faculty

The core and affiliated faculty of CSTP carry out research projects, work with students on courses, projects, and dissertations, and reach out to the academic and policy research communities. CSTP takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complex and dynamic subjects that make up its agenda.


David Hart, Professor, Science and Tech Policy Center Director, SPP

David M. Hart, CSTP Director and Professor of Public Policy

Prof. Hart  is interested in the sources and implications of discoveries and inventions of all sorts, past and present.  His research currently focuses on clean energy innovation, building on his 2012 book Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, with Richard K. Lester).  He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and he co-chairs the National Academies’ Innovation Policy Forum.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, he served as the assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Connie L. McNeely, CSTP Co-Director and Professor of Public Policy

Professor McNeely’s teaching and research address science and technology policy, health policy, organizational behavior, governance, social theory, and culture. She has ongoing projects examining cultural and institutional dynamics in relation to science and technology, law, and education, along with matters of race, ethnicity, and nation, and gender and polity participation. Professor McNeely is Principal Investigator on major research initiatives examining big data issues and epistemic networks in science and technology fields, and exploring related global trends and migration in the science and technology workforce.