STS Futures Lab

The STS Futures Lab is a fun and intellectually stimulating space where faculty and students imagine and critically interrogate plausible sociotechnical futures in the interest of developing robust tools for anticipatory governance and responsible innovation.



NOVEMBER 2019 We are excited to host a 2-day NSF-funded workshop on STS as a Critical Pedagogy at JMU July 30-31, 2020. Click here for the CFP.


SEPTEMBER 2019 Success at 4S New Orleans! We are very proud of our Futures Lab students, who gave amazing presentations and received lots of kudos at 4S. We also had wonderful attendance at our “STS as Critical Pedagogy” panel, and met lots of STS people interested in STS pedagogies.

The STS Futures Lab at 4S New Orleans


SEPTEMBER 2019 The STS Futures Lab is at 4S New Orleans. We have set up our Innovating STS exhibit, and undergraduate Futures Lab members Riley Pates, Dorothy Caserta, Raven Brubach, Sam Kodua, Sydney VanNostrand, and Meghan Jennings are here to present their independent research.

4S opening reception

AUGUST 2019 Dr. Emily York and Dr. Shannon N. Conley are awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (award 1921545) to host a workshop on “STS as a Critical Pedagogy” in August 2020.

JULY 2019 Dr. Emily York, Dr. Shannon N. Conley, and Futures Lab undergrads Nolan Harrington and Sam Kodua co-present research at the Studies of Expertise and Experience (SEESHOP) workshop in Helsinki, Finland.

JUNE 2019 Dr. Emily York presents “Le Guin in STEM Pedagogies: Bridging Science and Literature to Engage Undergraduate STEM Students in Critically Interrogating Plausible Futures” at the Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin conference in Paris.

APRIL 2019 The STS Futures Lab celebrates a new peer reviewed publication, collaboratively written by all members of the lab! Emily York, Shannon N. Conley, Anne Henriksen, Dorothy Caserta, Noah Etka, Nolan Harrington, Meghan Jennings, Samuel Kodua, Riley Pates, Zachary Sevinson, Elizabeth Terry, Karla Vargas. “Co-Imagining the Futures of Implementation Precision Medicine Using Scenario Analysis and Design Fiction.” OMICS: A Journal Of Integrative Biology. 2019 (in press)

APRIL 2019 Congratulations to STS Futures Lab members whose abstracts were accepted to 4S 2019 in New Orleans: Dorothy Caserta, Nolan Harrington, Meghan Jennings, Sam Kodua, and Riley Pates, and honorary member Raven Brubach.

FEBRUARY 2019 The STS Futures Lab launches its Co-Imagining Futures research project, developing and assessing tools for critical participation and the cultivation of multidisciplinary knowledge production and interactional expertise.

JANUARY 2019 The STS Futures Lab is featured in the January 2019 Circe Magazine: STEAM Edition. Congratulations to the lab, and to co-writers Dr. Conley, Dr. York, and lab member Sam Kodua.

DECEMBER 2018 Congratulations to STS Futures Lab Member and ISAT undergrad Riley Pates on having her proposal accepted to the Knowledge, Technology, and Society Conference in Barcelona! She will present on her research on the role of technology in human trafficking.

NOVEMBER 2018 Drs. Emily York and Shannon Conley have their Research Session proposal “Teaching Responsible Innovation Through Scenario Analysis and Design Fiction” accepted to the 2019 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech.

OCTOBER 2018 Dr. Emily York and Dr. Ahmad Salman co-present “Integrating Ethics Into Holistic Problem Solving” at the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum meeting in Rochester, New York.

OCTOBER 2018 Drs. Shannon Conley and Emily York and lab member Sam Kodua go for a Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality tour with Dr. Eric Stauffer at Rose Library.


Checking out the virtual reality technologies at JMU’s Rose Library with Dr. Eric Stauffer. From left to right: Eric Stauffer, Emily York, Shannon Conley, Sam Kodua. Photo Credit:


FALL 2018 Drs. Shannon Conley and Emily York offer the first ISAT 480 STS Futures I course as part of the STS Futures Lab. If you are an undergraduate student interested in participating in the STS Futures Lab, please contact us using the contact form below.

AUGUST 2018 Congratulations to ISAT alumnus and founding STS Futures Lab member Chase Collins on his new job as a Government contractor at Innovative Reasoning, working at Marine Corps Base Quantico for TECOM and the Future Learning Group.

Dr. Shannon Conley leads an international workshop on “Studies of Expertise and Experience” in Cardiff, Wales.

What We Do

We cross disciplinary boundaries to effectively integrate social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields, to facilitate the communication and collaboration that can enable collective visioning of future worlds.


Our research projects engage the social, ethical, and political dimensions of emerging technologies, as well as critical pedagogies for engaging STEM students in the social contexts of science and technology.

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We strive to create engaging hands-on Science and Technology Studies (STS) curricula that engage applied science and engineering students in thoughtful analysis of the social, political, and ethical dimensions of science and technology.


Shannon N. Conley. “An Age of Frankenstein: Monstrous Motifs, Imaginative Capacities, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies.” Science Fiction Studies 45, no. 2 (2018): 244-59. doi:10.5621/sciefictstud.45.2.0244.

Emily York. “Doing STS in STEM Spaces: Experiments in Critical Participation.” Engineering Studies (2018): 1–19. Web.

This site is still under construction. Please check back for links to these resources.
JMU Resources
Connect to JMU resources that may support or facilitate anticipatory governance.
External Resources
Find resources outside of JMU that may be useful for anticipatory governance.
Scenario Analysis Tools
Learn more about scenario analysis as a research and teaching tool.
Design Fiction Tools
Learn more about design fiction as a tool for research and pedagogy.
Communication in Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Contexts
Resources for thinking about communication in inter- and trans-disciplinary contexts.
Critical Participation and Engaged STS
Resources for thinking about what critical participation and engaged STS can mean for research and pedagogy.

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