David Peterson

Postdoctoral Fellow


PhD, Northwestern University

David Peterson is a sociologist who studies the practices and politics of social science in laboratories, in the broader academy, and in society. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Aaron Panofsky and Chris Kelty on a study (NSF #1734683) looking at changes in scientific practice and organization in response to anxieties about “replication crises” in various fields.

Select Publications
-Freese, Jeremy, & Peterson, David. 2018. “The Emergence of Statistical Objectivity.” Sociological Theory, 36(3), 289-313.
-Peterson, David. 2017. “The Depth of Fields: Managing Focus in the Epistemic Subcultures of Mind and Brain Science.” Social Studies of Science, 47(1), 53-74.
-Peterson, David. 2016. “The Baby Factory: The Production of Statistical Significance in Improbable Circumstances” Socius, 1(2), 1-10.
-Peterson, David. 2015. “All that is Solid: Bench-Building at the Frontiers of Two Experimental Sciences.” American Sociological Review, 80(6), 1201-1225.