Deborah J. Bailin
Founded in 1969, The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. The Center for Science and Democracy is a new UCS initiative designed to restore science as a cornerstone of American democracy. It is premised on the fact that science and democracy share a set of precepts and values that guided the formation and maturation of our democracy, and the belief that pragmatic public policy, drawing upon the most reliable scientific and technical knowledge available, should continue to be a hallmark of democracy in the United States. The Democracy Analyst fosters relationships between scientists and thought leaders in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with relevant expertise in the core values and history of American democracy; identifies areas at the intersection of science and the humanities where cross-disciplinary dialogue can further the work of the Center; designs and participates in one Science and Democracy Forums; and represents the Center and its activities at relevant meetings of professional societies.