Benjamin Wills

Masters Student

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  • School of History and Sociology
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Ben Curran Wills is a MS candidate in the School of History and Sociology under a Kranzberg Fellowship. He is interested in equity implications of emerging technology in medicine, such as telehealth; masculinities, and labor/future of work. Previous to Tech, he worked for three years as a (senior) project manager and research assistant at The Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank in New York's Hudson Valley, where he worked on ethics of public deliberation over release of genetically modified organisms into the wild, the ethical implications of next-generation perinatal genetic sequencing, the impacts of returning genetic test results about autism, public reaction to NIH funding of human-animal chimera research, access to healthcare for undocumented citizens, among other projects.

Before Hastings, Ben spent a year at the University of Melbourne as a Maguire Fellow studying public perceptions of sex and gender differences and interpretation of words that express probability. He has also worked as a legal assistant for a disability law team, an AmeriCorps servicemember in Juneau, Alaska, where he co-facilitated psychoeducational groups for men who committed domestic violence, an assistant in the lab of MacAurthur grant-winning cognitive neuroscientist Damien Fair, and as a quality assurance technician for a salmon cannery.

In his spare time Ben likes to cook, bike on-road and off, and dance.

Publications can be found in his Google Scholar page.


  • AB, Vassar College


Research Fields:
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
  • Qualities of Public Discourses
  • Science and Technology
  • Surveillance