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  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (Ed.). (1992). When Science Meets the Public. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Translated and published in Korean, 2003.) [The book is now available for free on the AAAS website.]
  • Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory, Sokal, Michael, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1999). The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce, & Joubert, Marina. (2003). Public Understanding of Research in Developing Countries. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Department of Communication. [A copy of the website that constituted the proceedings can be downloaded here.]
  • Chittenden, David, Farmelo, Graham, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (Eds.). (2004). Creating Connections:  Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.
  • Bell, Philip, Lewenstein, Bruce V., Shouse, Andrew, & Feder, Michael (Eds.). (2009). Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Articles and book chapters

  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1987). Was There Really a Popular Science ‘Boom’? Science, Technology & Human Values, 12(2 (Spring)), 29-41.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1992). Cold Fusion and Hot History. Osiris, 2nd series, 7, 135-163.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1992). Industrial Life Insurance, Public Health Campaigns, and Public Communication of Science, 1908-1951. Public Understanding of Science, 1(4), 347-366.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1992). The Meaning of ‘Public Understanding of Science’ in the United States After World War II. Public Understanding of Science, 1(1), 45-68.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1995). Do Public Electronic Bulletin Boards Help Create Scientific Knowledge?: The Cold Fusion Case. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 29(2), 123-149.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1995). From Fax to Facts: Communication in the Cold Fusion Saga. Social Studies of Science, 25(3), 403-436.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1995). Science and the Media. In Sheila Jasanoff, Gerald E. Markle, James G. Petersen & Trevor Pinch (Eds.), Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (pp. 343-360). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1997). Communiquer la science au public: l’emergence d’un genre americain, 1820-1939 [Communication of science to the public: The emergence of an American form, 1820-1939]. In Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Anne Rasmussen (Eds.), La science populaire dans la presse et l’edition: XiX et XX siecles [Popular science in the media and books in the 19th and 20th centuries] (pp. 143-153). Paris: CNRS-Editions.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (1997). International Perspectives on Science Communication Ethics. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 3(2 [Fall]), 170-179.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2000). Popularization. In Arne Hessenbruch (Ed.), Reader’s Guide to History of Science (pp. 586-588). London: Fitzroy Dearborn.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2000). Why the “Public Understanding of Science” Field is Beginning to Listen to the Audience. In Joanne Hirsch & Lois Silverman (Eds.), Transforming Practice (pp. 240-249). Washington: Museum Education Roundtable.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2001). Science and Media. In N. J. Smelser & Paul B. Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 13654-13657). Oxford: Pergamon.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2001). What kind of ‘public understanding of science’ programs best serve a democracy? In Sabine Maasen & Matthias Winterhager (Eds.), Science Studies: Probing the Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge (pp. 237-255). Bielefeld (Germany): Transcript.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2001). Who produces science information for the public? In John Falk, Elizabeth Donovan & Rosalie Woods (Eds.), Free-Choice Science Education: How We Learn Science Outside of Schools (pp. 21-43). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2001). Expertise in the Media. Social Studies of Science, 31(3), 441-444.
  • Nisbet, Matthew C., & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2002). Biotechnology and the American Media: The Policy Process and the Elite Press, 1970 to 1999. Science Communication, 23(4), 359-391. doi: 10.1177/107554700202300401.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2003). Popularization. In John Heilbron (Ed.), Oxford Companion to History of Modern Science. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2005). Nanotechnology and the Public (introduction to special issue). Science Communication, 27(2), 169-174.
  • Lee, Chul-Joo, Scheufele, Dietram A., & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2005). Public Attitudes toward Emerging Technologies: Examining the Interactive Effects of Cognitions and Affect on Public Attitudes toward Nanotechnology. Science Communication, 27(2), 240-267. doi: 10.1177/1075547005281474.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2005). What counts as a “social and ethical issue” in nanotechnology? Hyle: International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry, 11(1), 5-18.
  • Brossard, Dominique, Lewenstein, Bruce V., & Bonney, Rick. (2005). Scientific Knowledge and Attitude Change: The Impact of a Citizen Science Project. International Journal of Science Education, 27(9), 1099-1121.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2006). The History of Now: Reflections on Being a “Contemporary Archivist”. In Ronald E. Doel & Thomas Söderqvist (Eds.), Writing Recent Science: The Historiography of Contemporary Science, Technology, and Medicine (pp. 31-42). London: Routledge.
  • Phillips, Tina, Lewenstein, Bruce V., & Bonney, Rick. (2006). A Case Study of Citizen Science. In Donghong Cheng, Jenni Metcalfe & Bernard Schiele (Eds.), At the Human Scale: International Practices in Science Communication (pp. 317-334). Beijing, China: Science Press.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2007). Why Should We Care About Science Books? JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 6(1), online only, at
  • Warren, Dana R., Weiss, Marissa S., Wolfe, David W., Friedlander, Blaine, & Lewenstein, Bruce. (2007). Lessons from Science Communication Training (letter). [Letter]. Science, 316, 1122.
  • Davis, Philip M., Lewenstein, Bruce V., Simon, Daniel H., Booth, James G., & Connolly, Mathew J. L. (2008). Open Access publishing increases online readership of scientific articles but does not increase article citations: A  randomised trial. BMJ, 337(published online 31 July 2008, doi:10.1136/bmj.a568), 343-345.
  • McCallie, Ellen, Bell, Larry, Lohwater, Tiffany, Falk, John, Lehr, Jane H., Lewenstein, Bruce V., Needham, Cynthia, Wiehe, Ben. (2009). Many Experts, Many Audiences: Public Engagement with Science and Informal Science Education.  A CAISE Inquiry Group Report (pp. 83). Washington, DC: Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education.
  • Brossard, Dominique, Scheufele, Dietram, Kim, Eunkyung, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2009). Religiosity as a Perceptual Filter: Examining Processes of Opinion Formation about Nanotechnology. Public Understanding of Science, 18(5), 546-558., doi:10.1177/0963662507087304.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2009). Science Books Since 1945. In David Paul Nord, Joan Shelley Rubin & Michael Schudson (Eds.), The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America (pp. 347-360). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2009). Where Do Books Fit in the Information Age? In Richard Holliman, Jeffrey Thomas, Sam Schmidt, Eileen Scanlon & Elizabeth Whitelegg (Eds.), Practising science communication in the information age: Theorising professional practices (pp. 151-165). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Brossard, Dominique, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2010). A Critical Appraisal of Models of Public Understanding of Science: Using Practice to Inform Theory. In LeeAnn Kahlor & Patricia Stout (Eds.), Communicating Science: New Agendas in Communication (pp. 11-39). New York: Routledge.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2011). Experimenting with Engagement. Commentary on “Taking Our Own Medicine: On an Experiment in Science Communication.” Science And Engineering Ethics, 17(4), 817-821.
  • Laslo, Esther, Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2011). A growth medium for the message: Online science journalism affordances for exploring public discourse of science and ethics. Journalism, 12(7), 847-870. doi: 10.1177/1464884911412709
  • Chambliss, E. Lauren, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2012). Establishing a climate change information source addressing local aspects of a global issue: A case study in New York State. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 12(3), 7 pp., online only at
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2012). Finding Kuhn, Finding Myself. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 42(5), 538-541. doi: 10.1525/hsns.2012.42.5.538.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (initiator). (2012-). Wiki page: Public Engagement in Science, from
  • Shirk, Jennifer L., Ballard, Heidi L., Wilderman, Candie C., Phillips, Tina, Wiggins, Andrea, Jordan, Rebecca, McCallie, Ellen, Minarchek, Matthew, Lewenstein, Bruce V., Krasny, Marianne E., Bonney, Rick. (2012). Public Participation in Scientific Research: A Framework for Intentional Design. Ecology and Society, 17(2), 29-48. doi: 10.5751/ES-04705-170229.
  • Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2013). An Instrument for Assessing Scientists’ Written Skills in Public Communication of Science. Science Communication, 35(1), 56-85. doi: 10.1177/1075547012440634.
  • Krasny, Marianne, Halpern, Megan, Lewenstein, Bruce V., & Dillon, Justin. (2013). Do “arranged marriages” generate new insights? In Marianne Krasny & Justin Dillon (Eds.), Trading Zones in Environmental Education: Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 253-276.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2013). Natural Science Meets Social Science: The NRC’s 2009 Report on Learning Science in Informal Environments. In Simon Locke & Lorraine Allibone (Eds.), Knowledges and Publics: Beyond Deficit, Engagement & Transfer. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 35-49.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2013). Recreation in the public communication of science and technology. In Elaine Reynoso Haynes, Bertha Michel Sandoval, Miguel Garcia Guerrero & Carmina de la Luz Ramírez (Eds.), Memorias de la XIII Reunión de la Red de Popularización de la Ciencia y la Técnica en América Latina y el Caribe – XIX Congreso Nacional de Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Técnica (pp. 89-101). Mexico: SOMEDCyT.
  • Fahy, Declan, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2014). Scientists in popular culture. In Massimiano Bucchi & Brian Trench (Eds.), Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (2nd ed., pp. 83-96). London: Routledge.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2015). Identifying what matters: Science education, science communication, and democracy. Journal of Research on Science Teaching, 52(2), 253-262. doi: 10.1002/tea.21201.
  • Gustafsson, Karin M., Agrawal, Anurag A., Lewenstein, Bruce V., & Wolf, Steven. (2015). The Monarch Butterfly through Time and Space: The Social Construction of an Icon. BioScience, 65(6), 612-622. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv045.
  • Vedachalam, Sridhar, Lewenstein, Bruce V., DeStefano, Kelly A., Polan, Shira D., & Riha, Susan J. (2015). Media discourse on aging water infrastructure. Urban Water Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2015.1036087 [published online 13 May 2015]
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2016). Editorial: Can we understand citizen science? [special issue on citizen science]. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 14(4), online only at
  • Cooper, Caren B., & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2016). Two meanings of citizen science. In D. Cavalier & E. B. Kennedy (Eds.), The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science (pp. 51-62). Tempe, AZ: Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.
  • Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2016 (in press)). Preparing Informal Science Educators. In Patricia Patrick (Ed.), Preparing Informal Science Educators: Lessons for science communication and education. New York: Springer.
  • Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2016 (in press)). Assessment. In Maarten C.A. Van der Sanden & Mark de Vries (Eds.), Science and Technology Communication and Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.



[Last update: 14 Aug 2016]