A complete list of my publications is also available on my Google Scholar and ORCID profiles.


Nelson, Nicole C. (2018) Model Behavior: Animal Experiments, Complexity, and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Buy it on Amazon.

  • Finalist for the 2019 Cheiron Book Prize from the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • Short-listed for the Philip J. Pauly Book Prize from the History of Science Society.

You can read reviews of Model Behavior in the American Ethnologist, British Journal for the History of Science, Journal of the History of Biology, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Medical History, New Genetics and Society, New Scientist, and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part C did a review forum on my book, with commentaries from Jacqueline Sullivan, Wayne Hall, and Eva Haifa Giraud. In my reply, I explain the rationales behind some of the choices I made when writing the book.

Book sections

Nelson, Nicole C. and Aaron Panofsky. (2018) “Behavior genetics: boundary crossings and epistemic cultures.” In Handbook of Genomics, Health, and Society, (2nd ed.) edited by Sahra Gibbon, Barbara Prainsack, Stephen Hilgartner and Janelle Lamoreaux. New York: Routledge, 291-299.

Cambrosio, Alberto, Etienne Vignola-Gagné, Nicole C. Nelson, Peter Keating, and Pascale Bourret. (2018) “Genomic platforms and clinical research.” In Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society, (2nd ed.) edited by Sahra Gibbon, Barbara Prainsack, Stephen Hilgartner and Janelle Lamoreaux. New York: Routledge, 142-150.

Nelson, Nicole C. and Kaitlin Stack Whitney. (2018) “Becoming a research rodent.” In Living with Animals: Bonds Across Species, eds. Natalie Porter and Ilana Gershon. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 199-208.

Popular articles

Nelson, Nicole C. (2019) “The @justsaysinmice problem goes far deeper than bad science reporting.” Medium. Reblogged at AnNex.

Scholarly articles

Nelson, Nicole C., Julie Chung, Kelsey Ichikawa, and Momin M. Malik. (2022) “Psychology exceptionalism and the multiple discovery of the replication crisis.” Review of General Psychology 26(2): 184-198. doi:10.1177/10892680211046508. Green Open Access copy

Nelson, Nicole C., (2021) “Understand the real reasons reproducibility reform fails.” Nature 600(7888): 191. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03617-w

Nelson, Nicole C., Kelsey Ichikawa, Julie Chung, and Momin Malik. (2021) “Mapping the discursive dimensions of the reproducibility crisis: A mixed methods analysis.” PLOS ONE 16(7): e0254090. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0254090. Preprint on MetaArXiv doi:10.31222/

Nelson, Nicole. (2020) “Towards an expanded conception of publication bias.” Journal of Trial and Error, October 26. doi:10.36850/mr2

Nelson, Nicole C. (2020) “The methodologists: a unique category of scientific actors.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 20-33. doi:10.17351/ests2020.345

Cambrosio, Alberto, Pascale Bourret, Peter Keating, and Nicole C. Nelson. (2017) “Opening the regulatory black box of clinical cancer research: transnational expertise networks and ‘disruptive’ technologies.” Minerva 55(2): 161–185. doi:10.1007/s11024-017-9324-2

Keating, Peter, Alberto Cambrosio, and Nicole C. Nelson. (2016) “‘Triple negative breast cancer’: Translational research and the (re)assembling of diseases in post-genomic medicine.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 59: 20–34. doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2016.05.003

Davies, Gail F. et al. (2016) “Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare.” PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158791. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158791

Nelson, Nicole C. (2016) “Model homes for model organisms: Intersections of animal welfare and behavioral neuroscience around the environment of the laboratory mouse.” BioSocieties, 11(1): 46–66. doi:10.1057/biosoc.2015.19

Nelson, Nicole C. (2015) “A knockout experiment: Disciplinary divides and experimental skill in animal behavior genetics.” Medical History, 59(3): 465–485. doi:10.1017/mdh.2015.30

Cambrosio, Alberto, Peter Keating, and Nicole C. Nelson. (2014) “Régimes thérapeutiques et dispositifs de preuve en oncologie: l’organisation des essais cliniques des groupes coopérateurs aux consortiums de recherche.” Sciences Sociales & Santé 32 (3): 13–42. doi:10.1684/sss.2014.0302

Rachel A. Ankeny, Sabina Leonelli, Nicole C. Nelson, and Edmund Ramsden. (2014) “Making organisms model human behavior: Situated models in alcohol research.” Science in Context 27: 485–509. doi:10.1017/S0269889714000155 [Preprint]

Nelson, Nicole C., Peter Keating, Alberto Cambrosio, Adriana Aguilar-Mahecha, and Mark Basik. (2014) “Testing devices or experimental systems? Cancer clinical trials take the genomic turn.” Social Science and Medicine 111: 74-83. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.008

Nelson, Nicole C. (2013) “Modeling mouse, human, and discipline: Epistemic scaffolds in animal behavior genetics.” Social Studies of Science 43(1):3–29. doi:10.1177/0306312712463815

Nelson, Nicole C., Peter Keating, and Alberto Cambrosio. (2013) “On being ‘actionable’: Clinical sequencing and the emerging contours of a regime of genomic medicine in oncology.” New Genetics and Society 32(4): 405-428. doi:10.1080/14636778.2013.852010

Keating, Peter, Alberto Cambrosio, Nicole Nelson, Andrei Mogoutov, and Jean-Philippe Cointet. (2013) “Therapy’s shadow: a short history of the study of resistance to cancer chemotherapy.” Frontiers in Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Drugs 4(58). doi:10.3389/fphar.2013.00058

Nelson, Nicole. (2012) “Shooting Genes, Distributing Credit: Narrating the Development of the Biolistic Gene Gun.” Science as Culture 21(2): 205-232. doi:10.1080/09505431.2011.614335

Nelson, Nicole, Anna Geltzer, and Stephen Hilgartner. (2008) “The Anticipatory State: Making Policy Relevant Knowledge About the Future.” Science and Public Policy 35(8): 546-550. doi:10.3152/030234208X370648

Book reviews

Nelson, Nicole C. (2020) “Daniel Navon, Mobilizing Mutations: Human Genetics in the Age of Patient Advocacy.” Social History of Medicine. doi:10.1093/shm/hkaa036

Nelson, Nicole C. (2018) “Andrew Hogan. Life Histories of Genetic Disease: Patterns and Prevention in Postwar Medical Genetics.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73(2): 242-243. doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrx050

Nelson, Nicole C. (2016) “Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics, by Aaron Panofsky.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30(3).doi:10.1111/maq.12303

Nelson, Nicole C. (2015) “Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 70(3): 481–483. doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrv007

Nelson, Nicole. (2008) “Angus Clarke and Flo Ticehurst, Living with the Genome: Ethical and Social Aspects of Human Genetics.” Public Understanding of Science 17(4): 505-507. doi:10.1177/09636625080170040602

Nelson, Nicole and Geoffrey Nelson. (2008). “Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.” Journal of Health Psychology 13(6): 839-840. doi:10.1177/13591053080130061302