Monday, June 7, 2010
It Can Happen to Anyone
On Saturday, my Journal of Policy History article, "How Talking Became Human Subjects Research: The Federal Regulation of the Social Sciences, 1965–1991," was honored with that journal's Ellis Hawley Prize. In presenting the prize, Professor Hawley--one of the leaders of my profession--mentioned that he himself used to ask his students to interview someone who had lived through the Great Depression. On being told that he would have to submit to IRB review, he abandoned the assignment. If IRBs can deter Ellis Hawley from learning more about the 1930s, we have a problem.