Bruce Lewenstein

  • What I do, where I work

  • I teach science communication at Cornell University.


  • More about me

  • Bruce V. Lewenstein (A.B., general studies in the humanities, 1980, University of Chicago; Ph.D., history and sociology of science, 1987, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Science Communication in the Departments of Communication and of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. He works primarily on the history of public communication of science, with excursions into other areas of science communication (such as emerging issues in open-access publishing). He has also been very active in international activities that contribute to education and research on public communication of science and technology, especially in the developing world. He was co-chair of a National Research Council study, Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, edited by Philip Bell, Bruce Lewenstein, Andrew W. Shouse, and Michael A. Feder (2009).

    He is co-author of Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Michael M. Sokal, and Bruce V. Lewenstein, The Establishment of American Science: 150 Years of the AAAS (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1999), editor of When Science Meets the Public (Washington, DC: AAAS, 1992), and co-editor of David Chittenden, Graham Farmelo, and Bruce V. Lewenstein, eds., Creating Connections: Museums and the Public Understanding of Research (Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2004). From 1998 to 2003, he was editor of the journal Public Understanding of Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2010 will be chair of the AAASÂ’s Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.

    Updated: Jan 2009.