Research and Publications

History of Science faculty and associated faculty regularly publish on topics of scolarly interest in the areas of science, technology, and medicine.

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Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette
By: Keith A. Wailoo

Spanning a century, Pushing Cool reveals how the twin deceptions of health and Black affinity for menthol were crafted—and how the industry’s disturbingly powerful narrative has endured to this day.

Descent of Darwin: Race, Sex, and Human Nature edited by Erika Lorraine Milam and Suman Seth

In 1871, Charles Darwin published Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, a text that extended, elaborated and completed his On the Origin of Species (1859).

On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience by Michael D. Gordin
By: Michael D. Gordin

Everyone has heard of the term "pseudoscience", typically used to describe something that looks like science, but is somehow false, misleading, or unproven.

Risk on the Table: Food Production, Health, and the Environment

Over the last century, the industrialization of agriculture and processing technologies have made food abundant and relatively inexpensive for much of the world’s population.

The Experimental Fire: Inventing English Alchemy, 1300-1700 by Jennifer Rampling
By: Jennifer M. Rampling

In medieval and early modern Europe, the practice of alchemy promised extraordinary physical transformations.