Phillip H. Roth

Phillip H. Roth

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I am a postdoctoral researcher and the coordinator for events at c:o/re. I studied Political Science and History at the TU Dresden and hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bonn. Before joining c:o/re, I was Fellow in Residence at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche in Weimar, research associate in a BMBF-funded project on stem cell governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen and part of the DFG research group Practicing Evidence – Evidencing Practice in Bonn, respectively.

In my dissertation, I used a conceptual history approach and discourse analysis to unearth medicine’s identity as an academic discipline. I examined how the research culture of “scientific medicine” emerged and formed in the early 19th-century German university, how the transitioned and differentiated in the American discourse, where it turned into the science policy category “biomedicine” in the post-war era, encompassing a wide range of experimental research in biology and medicine. My current work revolves around the changing meanings of science and expertise in public health security. Taking into account the current dominance of modeling and simulation practices, existing national preparedness regimes, and the transnational governance of pandemics through media and risk communication, I ask how and why certain sciences and expertise are ascribed epistemic authority to ground political measures; and what are the effects of this on our understanding of the science-policy nexus. My research interests include: History and Sociology of Science and Medicine, Science & Technology Studies, Sociology of Expertise, Historical and Political Sociology, and Theories of Society.

Latest publications

Roth, Phillip H. 2022. “Disziplinen und Kulturen der Wissenschaft”. In Wissenschaftsforschung. Grundbegriffe, Forschungsfelder und Forschungsfragen (Sozialwissenschaftliche Einführungen, 4) edited by David Kaldewey. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg (forthcoming).

Roth, Phillip H., Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio. 2022. The Contested Meaning of “long COVID”. Patients, Doctors, and the Politics of Subjective Evidence. Social Science & Medicine 292: 114619.

Roth, Phillip H., Tommaso Bruni. 2021. Participation, Empowerment, and Evidence in the Current Discourse on Personalized Medicine – A Critique of ‘Democratizing Healthcare’. Science, Technology, & Human Values (online first).

Roth, Phillip H. 2021. Metascientific Language and the Changing Identities of Modern Science. Review of “Désirée Schauz. 2020. Wahrheit und Nützlichkeit. Eine Geschichte des modernen Wissenschaftsverständnisses. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag”. Metascience.

Janet Opper, Vasilija Rolfes, Phillip H. Roth (eds.). 2020. Chancen und Risiken der Stammzellforschung. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.

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