Shaughnessy Naughton: The Science of Creating a Political Movement

From the Chemistry Lab to Public Policy

Please join us in welcoming Shaughnessy Naughton, an entrepreneur, chemist, and former congressional candidate from Pennsylvania. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Department of Environmental Studies and The Science Center.

Shaughnessy Naughton


Shaughnessy Naughton, Entrepreneur

Shaughnessy Naughton graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, with a degree in chemistry, and research experience working on the new synthesis of a drug to treat breast cancer. She then joined the team at Wyeth Laboratories as a key member of the infectious disease research group.

In 2003, she took over her family’s small publishing business and ran that for 10 years, until in 2014, concerned about the future of science in the United States, she ran for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District.

During her run for Congress, Naughton saw the effects of not enough people with scientific backgrounds in congress, the attempted politicization of science, mocking of basic research and denial of climate change. As a result, Shaughnessy founded to encourage the scientific community to get involved in the political process. It is committed to electing more leaders who will use their training as STEM professionals to influence policymaking.