Robert Scott

Robert A. Scott

Associate Director Emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and formerly Professor of Sociology at Princeton University

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Book cover of The Gothic Enterprise  

"This is easily the best book I have seen on why the great cathedrals were built. The breadth of Scott's scholarship is astonishing. As well as art history and architecture, he brings to bear his knowledge of subjects as wide apart as engineering, the sociology of religion, and the medieval economy. Only a handful of books truly throw light on the mystery of the cathedrals, and this is one of them."

Ken Follett, author of Pillars of the Earth


  Book Cover of Miracle Cures

The book seamlessly weaves together religious pilgrimages, mind-body connections, and healing. . . . Scott provides fascinating accounts of maladies and cures, novel ways to explain them, and the interplay of medicine and religion. Health and well being . . . are universal themes and the appeal of this book is universal as well.

Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D.
Yale University
Past-President, American Psychological Association


Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn (recent past Direcctor of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford) are co-general editors of a major new online reference work, Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, to be published in 2014. The online equivalent of 18 print volumes, it will focus on five core social and behavioral science disciplines—anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology—with additional entries in related fields such as education and communications studies. Emerging Trends is designed to be “smart,” allowing users to acquire an interdisciplinary perspective on topics.

Individual entries on hundreds of topics will be written by established scholars and by rising stars worldwide. Each entry will review and summarize the current state of knowledge on a key topic in the social and behavioral sciences, map emerging trends, and identify new, promising lines of research in the coming decades. Hyperlinks in each entry will direct users to other relevant entries, often in other disciplines and specialties, thereby creating an intelligent multidimensional system of cross-referencing. This organizational scheme will help users consider a topic from multiple levels of analysis and from different disciplinary perspectives.

Following initial publication in 2014, Emerging Trends entries will be updated periodically to reflect new developments in a field, and new entries will be added on important topics not covered in the first iteration.