Mark Solovey


Assistant Professor, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Victoria College, Room 314

91 Charles St. W, Toronto ON

M5S 1K7, Canada


Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of the social sciences in the United States, especially in the period since World War Two. I am 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.

My book Shaky Foundations: The Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus in Cold War America provides the first extensive examination of a new patronage system for the social sciences that emerged in the early Cold War years and that took more definite shape during the 1950s and early 1960s, a period of enormous expansion in American social science.

I am also co-editor of the book Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature.