Ullica Segerstrale , Ph.D.Professor of Sociology
Director, IIT Camras Scholar Program
Office: 3301 S. Dearborn Street
Siegel Hall Room 116
Chicago, IL 60616
Office Hours: By appointment
Research & Major Accomplishments
Nature's Oracle: A Life of W. D. Hamilton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Defenders of the Truth: The Sociobiology Debate (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
Editor, Beyond the Science Wars: The Missing Discourse about Science and Society (Albany: SUNY Press, 2000.
Co-Editor (with Peter Molnar), Nonverbal Communication: Where Nature Meets Culture (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).
Scientific creativity, social impact of emerging technologies, human enhancement
Segerstrale holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard, an MA in communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and MS degrees in both organic chemistry and sociology from the University of Helsinki. At IIT she has served as chair of the Social Sciences Department and co-director of IIT's first Summer in Paris program. Earlier positions included acting chair of sociology at Abo Akademi University, Finland; Distinguished Senior Researcher at the National Academy of Finland; fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) in Bielefeld, Germany; visiting professor of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich; and Fulbright Fellow. She currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals.
She is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters. Her research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Rockefeller and Sloan foundations, among others. She is the recipient of a number of awards for teaching, leadership and research, including the Julia Beveridge Award.
Segerstrale has given over 150 academic presentations, including keynote addresses at international conferences and lectures in academic lecture series, among others to the International Council of Science (ICSU), the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the European Microbiological Laboratory (EMBL). Her topics lie typically at the intersection of the Two Cultures; they include science and values, collaboration between scientists, humanists and social scientists, the ethics of research, social aspects of architecture and design, the social impact of emerging technologies, and the future of human nature. Among her current interests is education for the 21st century, and identifying and nurturing creativity.
She is the author of over 100 academic publications. Her books include Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in the Sociobiology Debate and Beyond (Oxford, 2000), Beyond the Science Wars: The Missing Discourse about Science and Society (SUNY Press, 2000) and Nonverbal Communication: Where Nature Meets Culture (Erlbaum, 1997). Defenders of the Truth has been translated into Japanese, Beyond the Science Wars into Chinese, and Nonverbal Communication into Hungarian. Her newest book, Nature's Oracle, an intellectual biography of the evolutionist W.D. (Bill) Hamilton ("Darwin of the 20th century"), was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.