Professor Mark Solovey Interviewed for UofToronto News Article

April 8, 2022 by Adriana Leviston

Mark Solovey, historian of the social and psychological sciences, was interviewed for a UofT news article about his recent book Social Science for What? Battles over Public Funding for the "Other Sciences" at the National Science Foundation (MIT Press)  The resulting article draws attention to three key points.  First, since the mid-20th century, NSF has played a crucial role in providing funding for the social sciences in a way that places them within a larger scientific enterprise led by the natural sciences; second, rooted in this "scientistic" outlook, NSF's  strategy for promoting the social sciences developed, at least in part, as a defensive measure to ward off criticisms that this branch of scholarship was less than scientific, perhaps more akin to ideology or politics than to objective, rigorous inquiry; third, in order to establish a more robust approach to social science funding, Solovey recommends the establishment of a new scientific agency within the U.S. government, a National Social Science Foundation.