Sharon Anderson-Gold

Professor & Department Head, Science and Technology Studies

Anderson-Gold, Rensselaer faculty member for nearly 25 years, specializes in applied ethics and social and political philosophy. Several of her essays and other published works are focused on international justice and human rights, including her book, Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (University of Wales Press, 2001).
Prior to becoming STS chair, Anderson-Gold has served as acting and associate dean of H&SS, chair of the H&SS curriculum committee, and director of the First-Year Studies program, an interdisciplinary faculty-team-taught program for freshmen. She became an STS faculty member in 1999.
As STS chair, Anderson-Gold says priorities include further enhancing and promoting the common themes of social and environmental justice as well as the importance of community involvement in the design of emerging technologies in faculty research and throughout the curricula. STS coursework at Rensselaer ranges from international politics, environmentalism, and how product design affects society, to ethics in computing, medicine, and biotechnology.
Anderson-Gold earned her doctoral degree in philosophy and maste's degrees in political science and philosophy at The Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Research Focus
  • Kandian ethics; history of modern philosophy
Select Works
  • Anderson-Gold, Sharon. "Objectivity in Environmental Ethics". Truth and Objectivity in Social Ethics . Vol. 18 Social Philosophy Today, ed. Cheryl Hughes, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2003
  • Anderson-Gold, Sharon. "Prophetic History". Geschichtsphilosophie, ed. by Johannes Rohbeck and Herta Nagl-Docekal. Darmstadt, Germany: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), 2003