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BA  - (Rollins College, 1985)
MA - History of Science (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988)
MA - U.S. History (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990)
PhD - History of Science-US History (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996)

Professor Solovey's research focuses on the development of the social and psychological sciences in the Unites States, especially in the period since World War Two. He is especially interested in controversies regarding the scientific identity of the social sciences, private and public patronage for social research, and the public policy implications of social science expertise.
     His teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses, in the history of psychology, and in the history of the social sciences. Professor Solovey's VIC classes include VIC106 Psychology and Society, and VIC274 Wisdom of the Social Sciences. He also teaches a large 100-level course called Science of Human Nature under the course code HPS110.

Selected Publications

  • Solovey, Mark, 2013. Shaky Foundations: The Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus in Cold War America (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press).
  • Solovey, Mark & Hamilton Cravens, eds., 2012, Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy and Human Nature (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Solovey, Mark, 2012. “Cold War Social Science: Specter, Reality, or Useful Concept?” 1-22 in Mark Solovey & Hamilton Cravens, eds., Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy and Human Nature (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Solovey, Mark, 2012. “Senator Fred Harris's Effort to Create a National Social Science Foundation: Challenge to the U.S. National Science Establishment,” ISIS 103, 54-82.
  • Solovey, Mark & Jefferson Pooley, 2011. “The Price of Success: Sociologist Harry Alpert, the NSF's First Social Science Policy Architect,” Annals of Science 68, 229-260.
  • Pooley, Jeff & Mark Solovey, 2010. "Marginal to the Revolution: The Curious Relations between Economics and the Behavioral Sciences Movement in Mid-Twentieth-Century America." History of Political Economy 42 Annual Supplement, 199-233.
  • Solovey, Mark, 2004. "Riding Natural Scientists’ Coattails onto the Endless Frontier: The SSRC and the Quest for Scientific Legitimacy," Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, v. 40, no. 4, 393-422. (Winner of the 2005 Best Article Prize from The Forum for the History of the Human Sciences, for best article in the field published during the previous three years).
  • Solovey, Mark, 2001, guest editor, “Science in the Cold War,” thematic volume of Social Studies of Science, v. 31, no. 2.
  • Solovey, Mark, 2001. "Project Camelot and the 1960s Epistemological Revolution: Rethinking the Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus," Social Studies of Science, v. 31, no. 2, 171-206.
  • Solovey, Mark, 2001. "Science and the State during the Cold War: Blurred Boundaries and a Contested Legacy," Social Studies of Science, v. 31, no. 2, 165-170.