Nicole Nelson’s new book, Model Behavior: Animal Experiments, Complexity, and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders (University of Chicago Press, 2018) was recently named as a Finalist for the 2019 Cheiron Book Prize. Nicole was one of two finalists, along with Ruth Leys for her book, The Ascent of Affect: Geneology and Critique.
In Model Behavior, Nelson takes readers inside an animal behavior genetics laboratory to examine how scientists create and manage the foundational knowledge of their field. Nicole is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and is a dedicated member of the History Department and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies.
The winner of the Cheiron Book Prize was Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity, by Theodore M. Porter.
Cheiron, The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences has awarded the Cheiron Book Prize most years since 2004. The award is given to outstanding monographs in the history of the social, behavioral and human sciences.