Author and Editor
I am the author and editor of several books about science. I am particularly interested in the public understanding of evolution and genetics, as well as of nature of science. The books I have written have been very well received, and they are considered to be well-written and accessible to a broad audience. I believe that scholars should do society a service by serving as public intellectuals who educate non-experts on topics, and this is a contribution I would very much like to make through my books.
I currently work at the University of Geneva (Section of Biology and IUFE). At the Section of Biology I teach the course « Biologie et Société » to undergraduate students, and at the University Teacher Training Institute (IUFE) I am teaching a science education course to secondary science teachers. For an overview of my publications, see my Google Scholar profile. For some more info about me, listen to this interview.
My latest book is Ancestry Reimagined: Dismantling the Myth of Genetic Ethnicities, which will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2023. I am currently finalizing an edited collection Darwin Mythology: Debunking Myths, Correcting Falsehoods, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. My next authored book will be one challenging the narrative of mendelian genetics, clarifying Mendel’s important contributions and also arguing against teaching simplistic mendelian genetics in schools, and it will be published by Routledge. Finally, as I enjoy working on books, I have another authored one under way, Science Distrust, which is currently looking for a home (and is very close to getting one).
I am the Editor of the book series Understanding Life, published by Cambridge University Press. The books in the series are intended for a broad audience interested in the life sciences, and their aim is to address widespread misunderstandings about the respective topics.
In the past, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Science & Education, the founding editor of the Springer book series Science: Philosophy, History and Education, and the founding co-editor of the Springer book series Contributions from Biology Education Research. I have also served as Book Review Editor of the research journal Science & Education, Adjunct Instructor at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education of Illinois Institute of Technology and coordinator for science education for grades K-6 as well as member of the Department of Educational Research and Development of Geitonas School, in Greece, where I also taught biology and nature of science to secondary school and IB DP students.