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Patricia A. Stapleton

Professor Stapleton’s research focuses on questions of food safety and food security, particularly the development of new food production technologies. Her interest in agricultural biotechnology regulation and the differences between the American and European approaches to risk assessment and management in this issue area were the foundation of her doctoral research. She is continuing this work on agricultural biotechnology regulation in European Union member states, in addition to expanding her focus to the development of regulatory frameworks for biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Including case studies outside of the United States has allowed Professor Stapleton to visit other countries for research. This has allowed her to pursue her passion for traveling!

Professor Stapleton enjoys teaching because it gives her the opportunity to help students develop their own research interests and knowledge base. She’s excited to work with and advise WPI students on their different projects. She believes that her social science and policy classes help students place their research in other disciplines into a political and social context. She’s hoping that WPI students will be drawn to the Science, Technology, and Policy major to better understand the environment in which they are creating, innovating, and building.

Research Interests

  • Science, technology, and environmental politics
  • agricultural biotechnology regulation
  • food safety & security
  • global governance
  • genetically modified organisms


  • B.A. in French, Ursinus College, 2002
  • M.A. in French Literature, Rutgers University, 2004
  • M.Phil. in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center, 2010
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012

Featured Publications

  • “APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summary: Simulations and Role Play II: International Relations and Comparative Politics” (with Amanda Rosen and Baris Kesgin). PS: Political Science and Politics. July 2013, Volume 46.3, pp.658-659. DOI: 10.1017/S1049096513000772.
  • “Marie-Monique Robin (dir.): our daily poison.” Agriculture and Human Values. March 2013, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 151-152. DOI 10.1007/s10460-012-9418-2.

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