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Prof. Dr. Nancy D. Campbell

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
History of Science and Technology
External Senior Fellow
Marie S. Curie FCFP Fellow
September - December 2017; May - July 2018

Selected Publications


  • Gendering Addiction: The Politics of Drug Treatment in a Neurochemical World (Palgrave, 2011), with Elizabeth Ettorre
  • The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2008), with JP Olsen and Luke Walden
  • Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (University of Michigan Press, 2007)
  • Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2000)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • McDonald, Rebecca, Nancy D. Campbell, and John Strang. “Twenty years of take-home naloxone for the prevention of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids—Conception and maturation,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178 (2017): 176-187.
  • “Who Needs Naloxone?” In Critical Approaches to Harm reduction: Conflict, Institutionalization, Co-optation, Depoliticization, and Direct Action, eds. Zack and Christopher. Nova Science Publishers. 2016.
  • “Behavior within fortuitous environments: the entwined history of Division 28 and the fields of behavioral pharmacology and toxicology,” Journal of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, 2016.
  • “Making Up ‘Vulnerable’ People: Human Subjects and the Subjective Experience of Medical Experiment,” Social History of Medicine. 28.4 (2015): 825-848. With Laura Stark. (Awarded the 2017 Star-Nelkin Prize, American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology)
  • “Why Can’t They Stop? A Highly Public Misunderstanding of Science.” In Addiction Trajectories, eds. Eugene Raikhel and William Garriott (Durham, NC; Duke University Press. 2013).
  • “Medicalization and Biomedicalization: Does the Diseasing of Addiction Fit the Frame?” In Julie Netherland (Ed.) Critical Perspectives on Addiction: Advances in Medical Sociology, 14 (2012): 3-26.
  • “The History of the Development of Buprenorphine as an Addiction Therapeutics.” Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 1248 (2012): 124-139, with Anne M. Lovell.


FRIAS Research Project

Resonant Histories: Synchronization in Social Movements and Science

This project is a history of a 21st century ‘health social movement’ and interaction between the ‘neurobiological’ and the ‘social’ within its ranks. The FRIAS Research Focus on “Synchronization in Embodied Interaction” ties into my work on biosocial movements that aim to reduce harm caused by drug consumption and over-consumption (particularly of the opiates). While such social movements seek to protect the ‘biological individual,’ they also aim to create broad social change. This project will document and comparatively analyze harm reduction movements in Germany, England, Scotland, and the United States. Data collection methods include interviews and participant observation.