S. Scott Graham is an assistant professor in the Department of English and director of the Scientific and Medical Communications (SAMComm) Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There he studies rhetorics of science and medicine and critical/cultural technical communication. Scott has particular interests in the health- and science-policy interfaces and the role of expertise.y. His research explores communicative conflicts and argumentative practices in the intersections among scientific research and regulatory policy. Currently, he is exploring these issues through inquiry into two different cases: 1) FDA regulation and multidisciplinary pain science and 2) the participation of diverse stakeholders in FDA oncological drugs advisory committee.
Scott’s forthcoming book, The Politics of Pain Medicine: A Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry (University of Chicago Press) chronicles three years of ethnographic research and nearly 10 years archival research into interdisciplinary pain medicine and related public policy. Scott explores explores the resonance between pain science’s efforts to establish an integrated mind/body approach to treating pain and the new materialist movement in rhetoric and science and technology studies.