Nancy Campbell

Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies

Nancy D. Campbell is a professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her most recent book is a visual history of the federal drug treatment hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, titled The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2008, co-authored with JP Olsen and Luke Walden). Her book-length scholarly history of the science conducted by the Addiction Research Center (now the intramural research program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse) is titled Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (University of Michigan Press, 2007). Her first book was Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2000). With Joseph Spillane she created the Oral History of Substance Abuse Research Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, which can be found at In 2009 she received the Media Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Campbell was awarded her doctoral degree in 1995 from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her dissertation was titled, “Cold War Compulsions: U.S. Drug Policy, Science, and Culture.”