Federico Brandmayr

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Federico Brandmayr is a Postdoctoral Associate at the MacMillan Center at Yale University. He holds degrees from the University of Trieste (Italy) and Sorbonne University (France), and was previously Research Associate at CRASSH, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). His research examines social science as a cultural system. In particular, he studies the use of social and historical research in legal and political contexts, the social effects imputed to scientific knowledge, and the variety of epistemic cultures in the social sciences. He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Exculpatory Knowledge: How and Why Social Science Becomes Apologetic, on what it means to say that research in the social sciences excuses, justifies, or normalizes harmful practices and institutions.


  • ‘Are Theories Politically Flexible?’ Sociological Theory 39.2 (2021): pp. 103-125.
  • ‘Social science as apologia.’ European Journal of Social Theory 24.3 (2021): pp. 319–337.
  • ‘Explanations and excuses in French sociology.’ European Journal of Social Theory 24.3 (2021): pp. 374–393.
  • ‘Public Epistemologies and Intellectual Interventions in Contemporary Italy.’ International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 34 (2021): pp. 47–68.
  • ‘When Boundary Organisations Fail: Identifying Scientists and Civil Servants in L’Aquila Earthquake Trial.’ Science as Culture 30.2 (2021): pp. 237-260.
  • ‘Order and Conflict Theories of Science as Competing Ideologies.’ Social Epistemology 32.3 (2018): pp. 175-195.
  • ‘How Social Scientists Make Causal Claims in Court: Evidence from the L’Aquila Trial.’ Science, Technology & Human Values 42.3 (2017): pp. 346-380.

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