Abby Kinchy PhD’07

Abby Kinchy PhD'07

Abby Kinchy PhD’07

“I feel so fortunate to be able to teach about the topics I feel passionate about—and to have colleagues who really support me in pursuing research that doesn’t always fit neatly into one disciplinary category,” says Abby Kinchy of her work in the interdisciplinary Science and Technology Studies (STS) department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. As an associate professor, Kinchy directs the graduate program in STS, teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, advises many “fascinating and brilliant students,” and does research on important public issues such as hydraulic fracturing and genetic engineering. Her research examines the unequal distribution of the negative consequences of agricultural and energy systems as well as the varying capacity of communities and social movements to participate in making decisions about technological change.