Carla Fehr’s research examines the social nature of science and technology. Simply put, she argues that diversity promotes excellence. Science and technology communities that include members from diverse social and material locations, and members who hold different theoretical perspectives, foster creative and rigorous research that can meet the needs of a wide range of publics and policy makers. This means that research communities ought to value diversity not only for ethical and political reasons, but also because it can make our science and technology better.
Carla holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. She is also a founding member and co-director of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS), a co-founder and Associate Director of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program, a co-founder and co-editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, and a Research Fellow in the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium.
Carla’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.