University of Wisconsin–Madison

First Book Award to Nicole Nelson

November 2015


The UW Center for the Humanities has awarded History of Science Assistant Professor Nicole Nelson a First Book Award, one of the three UW junior faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences to receive this support. The award will allow Nelson to assemble a “dream team” of readers for her first academic book-in-progress, titled Model Behavior: Animal Experiments and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders, which uses ethnographic methods to explore how scientists develop and deploy animal models to produce molecular knowledge about human alcoholism and anxiety. Winners get to invite leading scholars in their field to join an interdisciplinary group of reviewers from among the faculty at UW. The goal is to turn solid and promising manuscripts from UW humanities researchers into first-rate, field-shaping books. Congratulations Nicole!