Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization

Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization

1st Edition - April 1, 2022
  • Editors: Toby Bolsen, Risa Palm
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323994392

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Molecular Biology and Clinical Medicine in the Age of Politicization, Volume 188 provides readers with an appreciation of the practical effects of the politicization of science on their work. Topics covered in the volume include Shattered Silos: Politicization of Science through Changing Research Norms, Moralized Science Communication (with applications for molecular biologists), Vax Attacks: How Conspiratorial Thinking and Misinformation Undermines COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake, Effects of Politicized Media Coverage: Experiment Evidence on Mammography, HPV, and Covid-19, Communicating CRISPR: Challenges and Opportunities in Engaging the Public, Strategic Communication and Engagement for the Biomedical Sciences, and more. Additional chapters cover The Great and Powerful Oz: On the Authority and Misuse of Science, The Gateway-Belief Model and the Politicization of Climate Science, Effects of Politicization on the Practice of Science, When Politics Trumps Science, The Effect of Media Framing and Politics on Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, and more.

Key Features

  • Provides reviews from selected experts on the social forces that can limit the impact of science
  • Highlights its relevance to practitioners of science
  • Presents the latest insights for molecular biologists in an age of science politicization


The series is intended for an audience of molecular biologists and translational medical scientists as a way to understand the forces at work that limit and shape scientific research

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Toby Bolsen and Risa Palm

    1. Science, politics and institutional design in regulation

    Thomas O. McGarity and Wendy E. Wagner

    2. Beyond the sheltering academic silo: Norms for scientists' participation in policy

    Karen L. Akerlof

    3. Effects of politicization on the practice of science

    Hannah Schmid-Petri, Nils Bienzeisler and Arista Beseler

    4. Politics v. science: How president trump’s war on science impacted public health and environmental regulation

    Romany M. Webb and Lauren Kurtz

    5. Politicization and COVID-19 vaccine resistance in the United States

    Toby Bolsen and Risa Palm

    6. Effects of politicized media coverage: Experimental evidence from the HPV vaccine and COVID-19

    Erika Franklin Fowler, Rebekah H. Nagler, Darshana Banka and Sarah E. Gollust

    7. Vax attacks: How conspiracy theory belief undermines vaccine support

    Christina E. Farhart, Ella Douglas-Durham, Krissy Lunz Trujillo and Joseph A. Vitriol

    8. Communicating CRISPR: Challenges and opportunities in engaging the public

    Elizabeth S. Baik, Abraham Koshy and Bruce W. Hardy

    9. Moral conviction: A challenge in the age of science politicization

    Robin Bayes

    10. Strategic Science communication in the age of politicization

    Todd P. Newman

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: April 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323994392

About the Serial Volume Editors

Toby Bolsen

Toby Bolsen
Toby Bolsen is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. His research focuses on the study of political communication, preference formation, political behavior, and U.S. energy and climate policy. Dr. Bolsen holds a B.A. in Social Science from Eastern Illinois University, an M.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Bolsen has received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia State University and was named a Kavli Fellow at the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in Ambon, Indonesia. Professor Bolsen currently serves on the Editorial Board for Science Communication and is an Associate Principal Investigator for Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, USA

Risa Palm

Risa Palm
Risa Palm is a Professor of Urban Studies and past-Provost at Georgia State University. She previously held concurrent faculty and administrative positions as dean or provost at the State University of New York, Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon and University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as a faculty position at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author or co-author of 15 books or monographs and more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers, primarily on the topics of response to earthquake hazards and climate change. She is past-President and a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers and has served on the governing boards of the American Geographical Society, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Association of Chief Academic Officers, as well as advisory committees for National Science Foundation programs and the National Academy of Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Urban Studies and past-Provost at Georgia State University, USA