Prof Jennifer Kuzma

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Jennifer Kuzma joined North Carolina State University in August 2013 as the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program senior hire in the Genetic Engineering and Society cluster. She is the Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. She is on the executive committee NSF-IGERT funded Ph.D. minor program on Genetic Engineering and Society, and is co-director of the new Center for Genetic Engineering and Society at NCSU..  Her research focuses on governance systems for emerging technologies.  She has published over 90 academic articles, book chapters and policy reports in areas related to emerging technologies and governance. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the U of CO Boulder in 1995.  Here she discovered bacterial isoprene production, and holds the first patent for methods for bacterial production of isoprene (bioisoprene).  Her postdoctoral work was completed at the Rockefeller University in New York where she worked on plant drought and salinity tolerance mechanisms, leading to an article in the journal Science.   Prior to re-entering academe, from 1997 to 2003, she served as program and study director for several U.S. National Academy of Sciences reports related to biotechnology governance and bioterrorism and as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Risk Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis. She has held and currently holds several leadership positions, including the Society for Risk Analysis Council & Secretary, Chair of the Gordon Conference on S&T Policy,  Minnesota Governor’s Bioscience Advisory Committee, the European Commission Expert Group for 2011 Science in Society Work Programme, the Expert Group for the EU’s ‘SYNTH-ETHICS’ project, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Blood Products Advisory Committee, and the UN WHO-FAO Joint Expert Group for the Applications of Nanotechnologies to the Food and Agriculture Sectors.  In 2014, she was honored with the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award by the Society for Risk Analysis for her contributions to the field of risk analysis.


Governance of Emerging Technologies

Funded Research

 Kuzma, J. PI National Science Foundation (NSF) 2015-2016  $50,000
Gene Drives: A Deliberative Workshop to Develop Frameworks for Research and Governance
Fred Gould co-PI

 Kuzma J. PI National Science Foundation (NSF) 2016-2018  $350,000
Facilitating Learning about Meanings of Responsible Innovation in Bioengineering
F. Gould, D. Berube, E. Banks, and J. Herkert co-PIs

 Kuzma J., PI Alfred P. Sloan Foundation  2013-2015  $173,703
Looking Forward to Synthetic Biology Governance: Convergent Research Cases to Promote Policy-Making and Dialogue
Christopher Cummings, Nanyang Technical University. co-PI

Extension and Community Engagement

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Since 2013

1)       Yue, C. Shuoli, Z, Cummings, C. and J. Kuzma.  (2015) Investigating Factors Influencing Consumer Willingness to Buy GM Food and Nano-food: An Application of Structural Equation Modeling.   Journal of Nanoparticle Research 17:283-302.

2)       Brown, J, Fatehi, L, and J. Kuzma. (2015) Altruism and Skepticism in public attitudes toward food nanotechnology.  Journal of Nanoparticle Research 17:122-140.

3)       Kuzma, J. (2015) Translational Governance Research for Synthetic Biology. Journal of Responsible Innovation DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2014.1002055

4)       Kokotovich, A. and J. Kuzma J (2014). Anticipatory governance and contested futures: Insights from the next generation of genetic engineering. Bulletin of  Science, Technology and Society 34(4): 108-120.

5)       Yue, C. Shuoli, Z, and J. Kuzma. (2014) Heterogeneous Consumer Preferences for Nanotechnology and Genetic-Modification Technology in Food Products.  Journal of Agricultural Economics, DOI: 10.1111/1477-9552.12090.

6)       Kuzma, J. (2014) “Properly Paced or Problematic?:  Examing Governance of GMOs”  in Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies Editors Gary Marchant, Kenneth Abbott and Braden Allenby.  Edward Elgar (editorial peer review)

7)       Kuzhabekova, A. and J. Kuzma (2014) Mapping the Emerging Field of Genome Editing.  Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 26(3): 321-352.

8)       Gilna, B., Kuzma J., and Showwalter, S. (2014) “Governance for Genetic Biocontrol Technologies for Invasive Species.”  Biological Invasions 16(6): 1299-1332.

9)       Haase, R. , J. Bielicki, and J. Kuzma.  (2013) Innovation in Emerging Energy Technologies: A case study analysis to inform the path forward for algal biofuels. Energy Policy, 61:1595–1607

10)   Brown, J., and J. Kuzma.  (2013) “Hungry for Information:  Public Attitudes toward Food Nanotechnology and Labeling” Review of Policy Research 30: 512-548.

11)   Korslund, K., Stephenson, S., Victor, A., Laird, A.,and J. Kuzma.  (2013) Consumer Knowledge of Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs).  Journal of Science Policy and Governance  3(1): 1-39.

12)   Kuzma, J. (2013).  “Envisioning Future Governance of the Bioeconomy”  The Environmental Forum 30(3): 49.  (edited)

13)  Kuzma, J. Should Citizens Have a Say About Emerging Technologies?  (2013) Scholar’s Strategy Network, Policy Brief.  Available at  (peer-reviewed & edited)


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  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Colorado-Boulder, 1995