Former Fellows

Melissa Bailes, PhD
Associate Professor, Tulane University
Romantic Botany: Time, Empire, and Ineffability in British Literature, 1750-1830
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Mario Bianchini
PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
‘Real Existing’ Utopia: Creating a Technological Culture in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989
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Kat Boniface
PhD Candidate, University of California, Riverside
(Re)Producing Breed
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Harry Burson
PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
The World in Stereo: Sound, Space, and Immersion, 1879-1959
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Martin Bush, PhD
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Drawing Down the Moon: Changes in nineteenth-century thinking about the Moon as seen in visual language
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Justin Castro, PhD
Associate Professor, Arkansas State University
Infrastructure and Society in Latin America
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Ranjodh Dhaliwal
PhD Candidate, University of California, Davis
Rendering: On Graphics, Architectures, and Computational Cultures
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Jacob Forrest
PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
Computing Los Angeles: histories of digital traffic governance
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Matthew Hersch, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard University
Dark Star: A New History of the Space Shuttle
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Yelda Nasifoglu, PhD
Associate Faculty Member, University of Oxford
Reading and Collecting Mathematics in Early Modern Britain
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Alexander Parry
PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
Risky Homes: Domestic Accidents from the Progressive Era to the Consumer Movement
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Alyssa Peterson
PhD Candidate, University of Texas, Austin
“And the Vapours at that time belcht forth from the Earth into the Air”: How Earthquakes Caused Disease in the Long Eighteenth Century
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Beth Petitjean, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Louis University
Understanding the Water: Medicine, Mineral Water, and Early Modern Chemistry
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Caro Pinto
Research & Instruction Librarian, Mt. Holyoke College
Curricular Connections: Mapping, Transposing, and Teaching Research Methods in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science
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Olaf Recktenwald, PhD
Independent Researcher
The Pop-Up Diagram: Thomas Malton’s A Compleat Treatise on Perspective
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Kathryn Renton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Occidental College
The Limits of Domestication in a New Agroecological History
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Jesse Ritner
PhD Candidate, University of Texas, Austin
Making Snow: Weather, Technology, and the Rise of the American Ski Industry, 1900-present
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Leah Samples
PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Sampling Blindness: The Role of Statistics in New Deal America and Beyond, 1930-1950
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Ellan Spero, PhD
Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
From Waste to Resource: Narratives of Progress and Abundance in 20th Century Materials Transitions
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Iris Yellum
PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Revaluing Viability: Legumes and Science in Indian Agriculture
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Teal Arcadi
PhD Candidate, Princeton University
Remapping America: Power, Poverty, and the Interstate Highway System in the Postwar United States
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Joshua Bader
PhD Candidate, Mississippi State University
Wrestling with DDT: Malaria, Public Health, and Mosquito Control Before Silent Spring
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Nuala Caomhánach
PhD Candidate, New York University
The Unfinished Synthesis: The Rise of Phylogenetics in an Age of Climate Change 1880-1990
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N.J. Dharan
PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
A Life in Nitrogen: Travis Porter Hignett (1907-89), an Unlikely American Technocrat
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Carlos Dimas, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A Nation of Climates: Agriculture, Climatology, and Nation-Building in the Argentine Patagonia, 1865-1950
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George Elliott
PhD Candidate, Brown University
Alchemy in the Home: Colonial Connecticut and Household Science in the Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Atlantic
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Emily Hutcheson
PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Living Sea: Marine Algae, Symbiosis, Coral Reefs and Transnational Science 1880-1930
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Video: Lecture, Oct. 11, 2019

Garrett McKinnon
PhD Candidate, Duke University
Of Airplanes, Pilots, and Drones: A History of U.S. Machine Warfare, 1910-2012
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Jared Neumann
PhD Candidate, Indiana University – Bloomington
The Discovery of Truth in Victorian Logic and Philosophy of Science
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Justin Niermeier-Dohoney, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
A Vital Matter: Alchemy, Cornucopianism, and Agricultural Improvement in England and the English Atlantic
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William Parkhurst
PhD Candidate, University of South Florida
Nietzsche and The Principle of Identity in 19th-Century Sciences
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Video: Lecture, Aug. 15, 2019

Marc Reyes
PhD Candidate, University of Connecticut
In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974
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Alexis Rider
PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
A Melting Fossil: Ice, Life, and Time in the Cryosphere, 1840-1980.
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James Risk, PhD
Instructor, University of South Carolina
Promoting the Fresnel Lighthouse Lens: The United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Professionalization of Engineering in Nineteenth-Century America
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Jean Sanchez
PhD Candidate, École Normale Supérieure of Paris
Conceptions of astrology among Parisian scholars (1570-1680)
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Video: Lecture, December 12, 2019

Tasha Schoenstein
PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Departments and Disciplines: The Institutionalization of Computer Science, 1960-1989
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Mariana Waligora
PhD Candidate, National University of La Plata, Argentina
Museums and Scientific Exchanges in the Global South. The Fossil Genus Glossopteris and the Continental Drift Theory, 1915-1940
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Victoria Yeoman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Seneca College
Eating Plants and Animals in the Early Modern World
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Edward Halley Barnet
PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Homo Musicus: The Early Modern Musical Science of the Body
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Jordan Bimm, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University
Putting Mars in a Jar: The Military Origin of Astrobiology
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Video: Lecture, Feb. 8, 2019

Kat Boniface
PhD Candidate, University of California, Riverside
Manufacturing the Horse
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John Bukowski, PhD
Professor of Mathematics, Juniata College
Mathematics at the Time of the Development of Calculus
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Rebecca Egli, PhD
Historian of Agriculture and Environment
Seeds of Mis-fortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature
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Video: Lecture, Oct. 23, 2018

Aaron Fine
Chair of the Department of Art, Truman State University
Color Theory: A Critical Introduction
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Gerard Fitzgerald, PhD
Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and Art History, George Mason University
The Nature of War: An Environmental History of Industrialization in the United States During World War I
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Sadegh Foghani, PhD
Instructor, University of South Carolina
Engineering the Revolution: American Pragmatism, French Thermodynamics, and Formation of Religious and Political Thoughts in Twentieth Century Iran
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Video: Lecture, July 25, 2019

Rocio Gomez, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Victors and Vanadium: Scientific Discovery in the Age of Revolutions
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Emily Herring
PhD Candidate, University of Leeds
Philosophical Biology: The Reception of Henry Bergson’s Creative Evolution in French and British Biology
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Video: Lecture, Nov. 29, 2018

Mira Kohl
PhD Candidate, Tulane University
A Railway for South American Unity: Bolivian and Brazilian State Building along the Frontier, 1935-1964
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Gustave Lester
PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Interstate Geology: Mapping the Raw Materials of Industry, 1809-1867
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Stefan Peychev, PhD
Historian of the Ottoman Empire
Fire and Water: The Hydrothermal Landscapes of the Balkans in Western Travel Literature
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Brent Purkaple
PhD Candidate, University of Oklahoma
Visualizing the Unseen: The Jesuits and optical illusions in early modern Europe
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Peter Soppelsa, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
The World War on Rats
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Henry Zepeda, PhD
Teaching Fellow, Wyoming Catholic College
The Epitome Almagesti: Critical Edition and Study
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Video: Lecture, July 30, 2019

Robyn Braun, PhD
Research Communications Officer, University of Alberta, Canada
The Modernist Infusoria: The Microorganisms that have Shaped Modern Culture and Thought
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Patrick De Oliveira
PhD Candidate, Princeton University
The Ascending Republic: Aeronautical Culture in France, 1860-1908
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Video: Lecture, Aug. 23, 2018

Stephen Hausmann
PhD Candidate, Temple University
White Water: Race and Environment in Rapid City, 1875-1992
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Ry Marcattilio-McCracken, PhD
Lecturer, Oklahoma State University
The Incorrigibles: Eugenics and Sterilization in a Juvenile Girls’ Reformatory
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Zachary Nowak
PhD Candidate, Harvard University
The American Train Station: A History
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Drielli Peyerl, PhD
Postdoctoral scholar, University of Campinas, Brazil
Cornucopia: The Hunger for Energy Resources in South America
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Whitney Robles
PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Curious Species: How Animals Made Natural History, 1700-1820
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Edwin Rose
PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, UK
From Sir Hans Sloane to Sir Joseph Banks: The Creation and Use of Private Libraries in Relation to the Practice of Natural History
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Lee Vinsel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
After Innovation: Maintenance, Care, and Our American Dreams
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Video: Lecture, Aug. 9, 2018

Adelheid (Heidi) Voskuhl, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Engineers’ Philosophy: Industrialism, Theories of Technology, and Social Order in the Second Industrial Revolution
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J’Nese Williams
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
The Texture of Empire: British Colonial Botanic Gardens and the Uses of Science in the Late-18th and Early-19th Centuries
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Reem Elghomini
PhD Candidate, University of Texas, Austin
Interfering with Matter and Motion Theory: Optics, Alchemy and the Naturalization of Arabic in England, 1640-1672.

Karl L. Galle, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Sciences and Engineering, The American University in Cairo
Scholar, Bureaucrat, Diplomat, Revolutionary: Copernicus Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries.
Video: Lecture, April 28, 2016

Cynthia Huffman, PhD
Professor of Mathematics, Pittsburg State University
Influential Books in the Development of European Mathematics from 1500-1820
Video: Lecture, October 7, 2015

Joana Gaspar de Freitas, PhD
New University of Lisbon
Against Sand and Sea: Strategies on Coastal Defense
Video: Lecture, November 5, 2014

Andre Hahn
PhD Candidate, Oregon State University
Finding Form: Goethe’s Morphology Among Twentieth Century English Speakers
Video: Lecture, September 8, 2015

Gabriella Petrick, PhD
Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism, University of New Haven
Red or White: How Cabernet and Chardonnay Came to Define Wine
Video: Lecture, July 20, 2015

Caitlin Silberman
PhD Candidate, Art History Department, University of Wisconsin – Madison
“I Believe We Shall Be Crows”: Thinking with Birds in British Art and Visual Culture, 1840-1900
Video: Lecture, September 10, 2014

Angela Smith
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Texas – Austin
On the Origin of Vestiges: Science, Religion, and the Natural World in Early Victorian Scotland
Video: Lecture, November 19, 2014

Francesco Gerali, PhD
Post-Doctoral Student, Institute of Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Crossing the National Boundaries: Study on the Foreign Technological Know-How in the Maturation of the Mexican Oil Industry in the Second Half of the 19th century
Video: Lecture, October 30, 2013

Francesco Luzzini, PhD
Adjunct Professor, University of Milan – Department of Biosciences Through dark and mysterious paths: Early modern science and the search for the origin of springs from the 16th to the 18th century
Video: Lecture, July 23, 2014

Luis Tirapicos
PhD Candidate, Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon
Jesuit Science in Lisbon: The Practice of Astronomy in the Court of King João V, 1723-1750
Video: November 13, 2013

Dustin Abnet, PhD
Department of History, Indiana University
“Taming Our Machines:” Robots and the American Soul in the Industrial Age
Video: Lecture, August 14, 2013

Monica Brannon
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research
Governing Technological Landscapes: A Historical Comparison between Rural Electrification Co-operatives and Rural Broadband Internet Access
Video: Lecture, July 10, 2013

Felipe Cruz
PhD Candidate, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin
Colonizing Amazonia From Above: Aeronautical Technology in the Brazilian Frontiers
Video: Lecture, March 7, 2013

Eric Friesel
PhD Candidate, Technology Management, Indiana State University
Assessing the Value of Exogenous Modular System Design and Manufacture in Uncertain Rapidly Changing Technology Industry
Video: Lecture, October 23, 2013

Catherine Kendig, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Missouri Western State University
Homology, Redux: Revisiting Richard Owen’s Analogy/Homology Distinction
Video: Lecture, July 24, 2013

Jongmin Lee
PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Engineering the Environment: Regulatory Engineers in the Environmental Protection Agency and Engineering Societies, 1969-1980
Video: Lecture, March 14, 2013

Adelheid Voskuhl, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, Harvard University
Engineering as Institution: Technical and Social Elites in Germany and the U.S., 1870 to 1930
Video: Lecture, April 26, 2013

Jerusha Westbury
PhD Candidate, History Department, New York University
“…what a great many Authors have said…”: Learning about New World Plants in Early Modern Europe
Video: Lecture, March 21, 2013

Francesco Luzzini, PhD
Research Fellow, Department of Humanities, University of East Piedmont, Italy
Faith and Facts, Experience, and Expedience: A Comparison of Protestant and Italian Catholic Perspectives in 17th and 18th Century Theories of the Earth
Video: Lecture, July 18, 2012