Jean Goodwin: After practicing law for five years on the south side of Chicago, I went for my PhD in rhetoric (yes, rhetoric) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m now an professor in the Communication department at North Carolina State University, and a member of the Leadership in Public Science cluster. (See my personal website for more details).
My primary research/teaching focus is in argumentation studies; I study how citizens who deeply disagree can nevertheless manage to coordinate a worthwhile exchange of reasons. In the past few years, I’ve begun looking at the special problems experts face when they attempt to contribute the public sphere–a project with several threads under the general heading, Between Scientists and Citizens. While my social science colleagues can provide valuable perspectives on how scientists can communicate more effectively, as a humanities scholar I am focused on the values issues–why scientists should communicate, what they should hope to accomplish by doing so, what roles they can appropriately play in civic deliberations. Case studies of such issues of science communication ethics are available on the website of our NSF-funded project, Cases for Teaching Responsible Communication of Science.