University of Southern Indiana

Research

My research addresses the representation of scientific expertise in environmental controversies, focusing on media and political contexts. Cases studied include the acid deposition, ozone depletion, and global climate change controversies, focusing on such issues as boundary-work, accounting for error, the construction of uncertainty, economic discounting, and hybrid framing.  Current research is a comparative analysis of hybrid framing of climate change in national newspapers from 2000-2015 in five nations: Australia, India, New Zealand, UK, US.

 

Articles and Book Chapters

Ku, Sharon and Stephen Zehr, “Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Infrastructure, Identity, and Interdisciplinary Practice in NanoELSI Research.” (Under review).

Zehr, Stephen, “Science, Uncertainty, and Uses of Evidence.” (Under review).

Zehr, Stephen, “The Sociology of Global Climate Change.” WIREs Climate Change 6: 129-150, 2015.

Zehr, Stephen, “An Environmentalist/Economic Hybrid Frame in US Press Coverage of Climate Change, 2000-2008.”  Pgs. 80 – 91 (Ch. 7) in Tammy Boyce and Justin Lewis (eds.), Climate Change and the Media. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.

Zehr, Stephen, “Comparative Boundary-Work: U.S. Acid Rain and Global Climate Change Policy Deliberations.”  Science & Public Policy 32: 445-456, 2005.

Zehr, Stephen, "Public Representations of Scientific Uncertainty about Global Climate Change."  Public Understanding of Science 9: 85-103, 2000.

Zehr, Stephen, "Scientists' Representation of Uncertainty." Pgs. 3-21 (Ch. 1) in Sharon M. Friedman, Sharon Dunwoody, and Carol L. Rogers (eds.), Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Press, 1999.

Zehr, Stephen, "Demolition Derbies and the Ritual Destruction of Technology." Science as Culture 4: 481-501, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Accounting for the Ozone Hole: Scientific Representations of an Anomaly and Prior Incorrect Claims in Public Settings." The Sociological Quarterly 35: 603-619, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "The Centrality of Scientists and the Translation of Interests in the U.S. Acid Rain Controversy." Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology 31: 325-353, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Method, Scale and Socio-Technical Networks: Problems of Standardization in Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion and Global Warming Research." Science Studies 7: 47-58, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Flexible Interpretations of ‘Acid Rain’ and the Construction of Scientific Uncertainty in Political Settings." Politics and the Life Sciences 13: 205-216, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Photographs in Student Projects." Visual Sociology Review 5(1), 26-27.

Zehr, Stephen, "Ideologies of Science and Interests of Scientists: The Presentation of Expertise on Acid Rain." Quarterly Journal of Ideology (Special Issue on "Science and Technology: Critical Assessments of Progress") 11(2): 47-57, 1987.

 

Books and Collections

Editor, Syllabi and Instructional Materials for the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, & Technology, 3rd edition.  Washington, D.C.: ASA Teaching Resources Center, 1999.

Editor, Syllabi and Instructional Materials for the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, & Technology, 2nd edition.  Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 1996.

Editor, Syllabi and Instructional Materials for Science and Technology. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 1991.

 

Professional Activities

 

Zehr, Stephen, “Science Framing, Hybrid Framing, and Journalists’ Accounting for News Articles on Climate Change: A Cross-national Study,” ESOCITE/4S Congress/Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2014.

Chair and Discussant, Session on “Sustainability,” “Capitalism and Socialism Conference,” New Harmony, Indiana, November 2014.

Organizer and Chair, “Author Meets Critics” session for Timothy Choy, Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong.  Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2013.

Organizer and Chair, Paper Session on “Science and Ethics”, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, New York, August 2013.

Zehr, Stephen, “The Place of Villages in Sustainable Development,” Center for Communal Studies Lecture Series, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, 19 March, 2013.

Zehr, Stephen and Sharon Ku, Poster on “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Social Scientist Directed Research: Infrastructure and Interdisciplinary Identity,” 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition & Reception on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.  Invited and sponsored by American Sociological Association, 2013.

Hackett, Edward,  Wesley Shrum, & Stephen Zehr, Organizer, Two sessions on “To Cross a Widening Gulf: New Patterns and Practices of Science for Sustainability,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012.

Zehr, Stephen, “Interdisciplinary Collaborative Challenges in Global Climate Change Research,” Forum on Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development. ICSU Rio+20 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012.

Hackett, Edward, Myanna Lahsen, & Stephen Zehr, Organizer & Chair, Session on “To Cross a Widening Gulf: New Patterns and Practices of Science for Sustainability,” Forum on Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development. ICSU Rio+20 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012.

Zehr, Stephen & Amy Brown, “Hybrid Framing of Climate Change: A Cross-national Comparison of Newspaper Accounts,” Asia-Pacific Science Policy Studies Research Conference,” Wellington, New Zealand, February 2012.

Zehr, Stephen, “Science Funding Trends and Proposal Success at NSF: A Perspective from a Former Program Officer” Presentation at University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011.

Zehr, Stephen and Amy Brown, “A Cross-national Comparison of Global Climate Change Hybrid Frames in Newspapers,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, November 2011.

Panelist, Session on “Supporting Non-academic Careers from within the Academy: A Roundtable Discussion,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, November 2011.

Discussant, Session on “Energy Politics,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, August 2011.

Zehr, Stephen, “Science Policy Gaps in the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Research.” NSF workshop on “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Innovation Science and Engineering Fields,” Boston University, 4-5 November, 2010.

Zehr, Stephen, “Economic Discounting of Climate Change Policy: What this Controversy offers as an Example of Deep-Future Environmental Decision-making” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, August 2010.

Pauwels, Eleonore & Stephen Zehr, Organizer and Chair, Session on “STS, Sustainability & Decision-Making about the Mid to Distant Future”, Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, August 2010.

Pauwels, Eleonore & Stephen Zehr, Organizer and Chair, Paper Session on “Sustainability II: Sustainability and Emerging Technologies”, Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2009.

Organizer and Chair, Paper Session on “Science and Ethics”, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2009.

Zehr, Stephen, “The Problem of Representing Discounted Benefits in U.S.Climate Change Policy Deliberations”Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.  Berlin, Germany, February 2008.

Zehr, Stephen, Presentation at Workshop on Ethics and Security, National Science Foundation, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate Representative, Oslo, Norway, 2008.

Zehr, Stephen, Presentation at Workshop on Communicating about Climate Change, National Science Foundation, Science, Technology & Society Representative, Denver, CO, 2008.

Zehr, Stephen, National Science Foundation, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate Representative, Outreach Presentation at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, 2008.

Zehr, Stephen, “Expanding Roles of STS,” National Science Foundation, Science, Technology & Society Representative, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2008.

Zehr, Stephen, National Science Foundation, Science, Technology & Society Program, Outreach Presentation at University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2007.

Zehr, Stephen, “Managing the Economic Discounting Controversy in Global Climate Change Policy Deliberations,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Québec, August 2005.

Zehr, Stephen, “Climate Change Economic Hybrids in the U.S. Popular Press,” Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Joint Meeting, Paris, France, August 2004.

Zehr, Stephen, “Tracking Scientific Expertise in U.S. Policy Deliberations on Environmental Problems,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2003.

Zehr, Stephen, “Flexibility and Standardization of CO2 Pollution Permits,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, November 2002.

Member of Organizing Committee for the Annual Meetings of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Milwaukee, WI, November 2002.

Zehr, Stephen, “Economics and Ecological Modernization in Climate Change Policy Deliberations,” American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 2002.

Zehr, Stephen, “Managing Discounting in Justifications of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Professional and Policy Deliberative Settings,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, 2001.

Zehr, Stephen, “A Comparison of Negotiations of Expertise in U.S. Acid Rain and Global Climate Change Policy Deliberations,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, 2001.

Zehr, Stephen, “The Discourse of Ecological Modernization in Policy Deliberations on Global Climate Change.” American Sociological Association Meeting, Anaheim, CA, August 2001.

Zehr, Stephen, “Environmental Protection and Economic Growth?: Ecological Modernization Discourse in U.S. Policy Deliberations on Global Climate Change”, Liberal Arts Colloquium Series, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, 2001.

Zehr, Stephen, “Negotiating Boundaries between Economic Expertise and Policy in Climate Change Policy Deliberations.” Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Joint Meeting, University of Vienna, Austria, 2000.

Organizer and Chair, “Teaching Workshop on Science & Technology”, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C., August 2000.

Zehr, Stephen, “Constructing Flexibility into Global/Local Scientific Knowledge on Climate Change.”  Workshop on “Local Knowledge and Its Global Consequences: New Perspectives on Environment and Development”, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 7-8 April, 2000.

Zehr, Stephen, “The Construction and Salience of Economics Expertise in U.S. Global Climate Change Policy-making,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 1999.

Zehr, Stephen, “Reckoning Place When the Problem is Global: Scientists in Climate Change Controversies.” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 1998.

Organizer and Chair, Paper Session titled, "What's Next for Science Studies?", American Sociological Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA, August 1998.

Zehr, Stephen, "Problems of Standardization in Acid Rain and Ozone Depletion Research: Some Implications for Global Climate Change." Department of Science & Technology Studies workshop on "Observations of Nature", Cornell University, 8-9 December, 1997.

Zehr, Stephen, "Shifting Sources of Scientific Expertise for Environmental Problems." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, 1997.

Zehr, Stephen, "Environmental Equity Issues in Public Representations of Global Warming and Climate Change." European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, and Society for Social Studies of Science Joint Meeting, Bielefeld, Germany, 1996.

Zehr, Stephen, "Public Representations of Uncertainty About Global Warming and Climate Change." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, New York, 1996.

Discussant, Paper Session titled “Credibility and Expertise”, American Sociological Association Meetings, New York, 1996.

Zehr, Stephen, "The Representation of Scientific Uncertainty About Global Warming/Global Climate Change in the Popular Press." Society for Social Studies of Science and Society for the History of Technology Joint Meeting, Charlottesville, VA, 1995.

Zehr, Stephen, "The Translation of Scientific Uncertainty and Environmental Problems," North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, “Demolition Derbies and the Deconstruction of the Automobile," International Visual Sociology Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Method, Scale and Socio-Technical Networks: Problems of Standardization in Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion and Global Warming Research." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1994.

Zehr, Stephen, "Visual Representations of Scientific Research on the Ozone Hole," International Visual Sociology Association Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, 1993.

Zehr, Stephen, "Scientific Uncertainty, Practical Uncertainty and the Centrality of Scientific Knowledge in Environmental Problems: The Cases of Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion and Global Climate Change," Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, IN, 1993.

Zehr, Stephen, "Who Won the U.S. Acid Rain Controversy?," Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1992.

Zehr, Stephen, "Demolition Derbies and the Deconstruction of the Automobile," Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1992.

Discussant, Session on “Science-Based Controversies”, Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1992.

Zehr, Stephen, "Accounting for Error in Public Science: The Ozone Depletion Controversy," Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 1990.

Zehr, Stephen, "Scientists' Participation in the Ozone Depletion Controversy," Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Costa Mesa, CA, 1988.

Zehr, Stephen, "Scientist' Professional Interests in the Acid Rain Controversy," Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Worcester, MA, 1987.

Zehr, Stephen, "Accounts of Acid Rain in Professional and Public Contexts," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, 1986.

Gieryn, Thomas F., George M. Bevins, & Stephen C. Zehr, "Boundary-Work and the Construction of an Image for Science: Evolution on Trial", American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Detroit, 1983.

 

Book Reviews

Review of Science & Certainty, by John T. O. Kirk.  Reviewed in Science Communication 29: 534-537, 2008.

Review of Uncertain Knowledge: An Image of Science for a Changing World, by R. G. A. Dolby. In Isis 89: 770-771, 1998.

Review of Global Civil Society & Global Environmental Governance: The Politics of Nature from Place to Planet by Ronnie D. Lipschutz. In Politics and the Life Sciences 17: 242-243, 1998.

Review of Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation, by Karen T. Litfin.  In Politics and the Life Sciences 15: 340-341, 1996.

Review of Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of High Energy Physics, by Andrew Pickering. In Contemporary Sociology 15 (January) 120-122, 1986.

 


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