Andrew Jewett is the inaugural Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership Scholar-in-Residence. This semester and next, he will work on a case study of The Discovery of Environmental Justice to examine the intersections of race, science and politics. The work will be the foundation of a spring course on race, science and politics to study the emergence of the environmental justice movement and the connections of science and antiracism.
His book, Science Under Fire: Challenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2020) was awarded the 2021 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Book Prize for the year’s best academic book, as well as the 2021 S-USIH John Dewey Prize, the triennial award for the best book on the history of American philosophy. Judges said the book stood out because of Jewett’s use of varied philosophy, theology, humanistic fields, social sciences and political commentary to present negative evaluations not as irrational, but as attempts by people to alter the shift in power in their changing world.
The visiting scholar program was created to bring a distinguished professor to strengthen the Hobby School’s broad presence, build multidisciplinary works and relationships, and contribute to the teaching and understanding of social sciences in public policy.