John Carson is an associate professor and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society program at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in history (of science) from Princeton University. He specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century United States intellectual history and in the history of science. His current work focuses on medical jurisprudence and the development of the concept of “unsoundness of mind” (non compos mentis) in Anglo-American common law during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940 (Princeton University Press, 2007)
"The Science of Merit and the Merit of Science: Mental Order and Social Order in Early Twentieth-Century France and America," in States of Knowledge: The Co-Production of Science and Social Order, ed. Sheila S. Jasanoff (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 181-205
"The Culture of Intelligence," in The Cambridge History of Science, volume 7, Modern Social Sciences, eds. Theodore M. Porter and Dorothy Ross (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 635-648