Michele Lamont, Sheila Jasanoff, and Rebecca Lemov


Social Knowledge in the Making


December 9, 2011
4:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome MICHELE LAMONT, SHEILA JASANOFF, AND REBECCA LEMOV to discuss their contributions to Social Knowledge in the Making.

Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to Social Knowledge in the Making turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world.

The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers. Social Knowledge in the Making is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social science, the humanities, and a broad range of nonacademic settings.

Michèle Lamont
Michèle Lamont

Michèle Lamont

Michèle Lamont is a Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and is co-director of its research program on Successful Societies.

Lamont is the author of Money, Morals and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle ClassThe Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration and How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment.  The Dignity of Working Men won several book awards including the 2002 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Rebecca Lemov
Rebecca Lemov

Rebecca Lemov

Rebecca Lemov is an assistant professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her first book, World as Laboratory: Experiments with Mice, Mazes and Men chronicled behavioral scientists’ attempts to engineer human society and people’s responses. The research also led her to investigate the then-obscure history of American psychology’s role in developing a "soft science" of coercive interrogation, a body of techniques that has been picked up anew during the current war on terror.

Sheila Jasanoff
Sheila Jasanoff

Sheila Jasanoff

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

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