Michael Burnam-Fink is an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies the interactions between knowledge and power, ideals and responsibilities, in a variety of setting. He completed his dissertation in August 2016 at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation and Society. "Making Better Students: ADHD and the Biopolitics of Stimulant Medication" analyzed the relationship between the psychiatric diagnosis of ADHD, the political program of disability accommodations, and the emerging practice of human enhancement. Michael is currently working as a consultant on interdisciplinary grants, applying Col. Boyd's OODA loop to create paradigm shifting science. Over the past four years, he has developed a unique narrative foresight system, Eventuality, which helps groups rapidly prototype plausible stories about the future, and has lead workshops and research presentations on the ways in which humans' innate story-telling capacities can be used to make the future more real, relevant, and relatable.
Michael was a Breakthrough Generation Fellow with The Breakthrough Institute in 2011 and an NSF IGERT Fellow. He reads over 100 books a year.