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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

Threats to Science: Politicization, Misinformation, and Inequalities
Special Editor: James N. Druckman
Vol. 700, March 2022

Science is vulnerable to threats that undermine its usefulness. In this volume of The ANNALS, special editor James N. Druckman argues that politicization, misinformation, and growing socioeconomic inequalities are the most significant threats to science today, and articles from contributing authors explain the origins, scale and potential impact of these threats. From the deep roots of politicized science to the weaponization of misinformation to long-standing inequalities within the scientific enterprise, this volume brings evidence that illuminates these current threats to science.

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Mary Pattillo

2021 James S. Coleman Fellow

Mary Pattillo is the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of African American Studies, at Northwestern University.

Pattillo’s areas of interest include race and ethnicity, urban sociology, inequality, housing, education, criminal legal studies, Black communities, and qualitative methods. The city of Chicago offers an abundance of opportunities for research and activism. and Pattillo strives to be an expert in Chicago history, politics, and social life.

Pattillo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the W.T. Grant Foundation and Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts, and was a founding board member of Urban Prep Charter Academies in Chicago.

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