People

Executive Committee

D. Graham Burnett
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History
Environmental History
History of Technology
Science
History of Science
Angela N. H. Creager
Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science
Environmental History
History of Technology
Science
History of Science
North America
Michael D. Gordin
Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History; Professor of History
Cultural History
Global
Intellectual History
Science
History of Science
Russia/Eurasia/Eastern Europe
Europe
North America
Russia and Eurasia
Katja Guenther
Professor of History
Medicine & Health
History of Science
Matthew L. Jones
Smith Family Professor of History
Digital History
Historical Epistemology
Historiography
History of Technology
History of the State(s)
Intellectual History
Mathematics
Modern Science
Natural Philosophy
Philosophy
Science
Science and Technology Studies
Theory of History
Early Modern Europe
History of Science
U.S. 20th Century
Europe
United States
Erika Lorraine Milam
Charles C. and Emily R. Gillispie Professor in the History of Science; Professor of History
Environmental History
Gender & Sexuality
Science
Environmental
History of Science
Women/Gender/Sexuality
North America
Jennifer M. Rampling
Associate Professor of History
Intellectual History
Medicine & Health
Early Modern Europe
History of Science
Medieval
Europe
Keith A. Wailoo
Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs
African American
Cultural History
History & Public Policy
History of Technology
Intellectual History
Legal History
Medicine & Health
Race & Ethnicity
Science
Social History
History of Science
Legal/Constitutional
U.S. 20th Century
North America
United States

Associated Faculty in the Department

He Bian
Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies
Cultural History
Historiography
Material Culture
Medicine & Health
Social History
Urban History
East Asia
History of Science
Anthony Grafton
Henry Putnam University Professor of History
Book History
Historiography
Intellectual History
Early Modern Europe
History of Science
Federico Marcon
Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and History
Cultural History
History of Technology
Intellectual History
Science
Social History
East Asia
History of Science
Emily Thompson
Professor of History
Cultural History
History of Technology
Material Culture
Media
Urban History
History of Science
U.S. 19th Century
U.S. 20th Century

Associated Faculty Outside the Department

Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Department of Sociology and Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Sociology of Medicine

Health Policy, Gender and Reproductive Issues

Ruha Benjamin
Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies

Department of African American Studies

Sociology of Science and Technology
Science and Technology Studies; Sociology; African American Studies

Daniel Garber
A. Watson J. Armour III University Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Relations between Philosophy, Science, and Society in the Period of the Scientific Revolution

Brooke Holmes
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Classics

Department of Classics

Ancient Medicine, Greek Language and Literature

Ryo Morimoto
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptor

Department of Anthropology

Semiotics, Nuclear Things, Toxicity, Waste, Disaster Studies, Environment, Energy, Robotics, Wildlife, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Applied Anthropology, East Asia (Japan)

Beth Michelle Semel
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology of science, technology, and language; science and technology studies; disability studies; sound studies; AI; natural language processing and communication engineering; mental health care; history of psychiatry; surveillance; listening; United States.

Janet Vertesi
Associate Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology

Sociology of Science and Technology

Science and Technology Studies; Human-Computer Interaction

Graduate Students

2023-2024

Lea Eisenstein
Graduate Student

Lea Eisenstein is a PhD student in the History of Science program. Her work focuses on the history of health, medicine, and medical technology in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. She analyzes the social and cultural dimensions of these subjects, especially with respect to gender, sexuality, race, and disability.

Andrew Hoyt
Graduate Student

Andrew Hoyt is a first-year PhD student with interests spanning the histories of the life and environmental sciences, US environmental and political history, and North American Indigenous history. His research currently focuses on the political dimensions of ecology and other forms of environmental expertise in the United States. Working across…

Gretchin Kepplinger
Graduate Student

Gretchin is a PhD student in the History of Science whose research focuses on early modern magic and the occult sciences, looking particularly at the ways that anonymous manuscripts of magic were possible repertoires of experimental procedures. She believes that science and magic coexisted and fed off of one another in the early modern era and…

Zoe Zimmermann
Graduate Student

Zoe Zimmermann focuses on colonial knowledge production in seventeenth-century North America. She is interested in studying how colonial naturalists, botanists, and cartographers interfaced with and exploited Indigenous guides and informants and how Indigenous epistemologies were filtered through the colonial lens.

In 2022, she…

2022-2023

Chandler Allen
Graduate Student

Chandler Allen is a doctoral student in the History of Science, with a particular focus on intersections between modern and contemporary art and science and those who skirt the history-fiction divide. Prior to Princeton, she worked as a curator and associate for galleries, museums, and auction houses in New York and London, and earned an MPhil…

Joseph Bishop
Graduate Student

Joe Bishop works at the intersection of American science and medicine around the turn of the twentieth century. He is currently interested in how the pursuit of scientific authority shaped the food and drug industries and transformed scientific standards. He also focuses on how contending approaches to the environment recast the concepts of…

Kearby Chess
Graduate Student

Kearby Chess is a Ph.D. student in Middle East history from Longview, Washington, who studies the environment, science, and agriculture in the late Ottoman Empire. His research focuses on the changes in agricultural practices that followed the implementation of Tanzimat-era land reforms in Ottoman Arab provinces.

Kearby earned…

Elizabeth Fricker
Graduate Student

Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student in the History of Science Program. Her research centers on the histories of mathematics and physics in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is particularly interested in scientific communities, focusing on how they are defined and established, how they interact with one another, and the ways in which "outsiders" affect…

Tomas Uriburu
Graduate Student
Mishka Wazar
Graduate Student

Mishka's research focuses on the history of psychiatry in colonial and apartheid South Africa. She is also interested in the history of psychology, colonial medicine, and disability studies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes University in South Africa, and her master's degree at New York University, where she researched the…

2021-2022

Robin Franklin
Graduate Student

Robin Franklin (he/him/his) is a second-year History PhD student at Princeton who is also affiliated with the Gender and Sexuality Studies certificate programme. Specialising in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States since 1865, Robin explores how seemingly abstract historical experiences of time, selfhood, and desire have…

Jingwen Li
Graduate Student

Jingwen Li is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History of Science Program at Princeton. Her research focuses on interactions between media technologies and the human body with a comparative approach. She is currently interested in the history of sensory (visual and auditory) impairment. In past projects, Jingwen has done research on…

Anin Luo
Graduate Student

Anin Luo is an intellectual historian interested in the intersection of science and politics. Her research lies between the history and philosophy of the life and medical sciences, legal and international history, and environmental history. She specializes in twentieth-century Europe and maintains research interests in twentieth-century China.…

2020-2021

Jonathan Victor Baldoza
Graduate Student

I study the history of maritime Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines under Spain and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I’m primarily interested in knowledge-making techniques and practices under empire, across a variety of fields including anthropology, law, geography, linguistics, and other constituent…

Justine Holzman
Graduate Student
Alice Hong
Graduate Student
Eva Molina Flores
Graduate Student
Anna Speyart
Graduate Student

Anna Speyart works on the social and cultural history of science in early modern Europe. She is writing a dissertation on the science and technology of freezing in early modernity. It traces the use of ice and snow from harvest to application in scientific, medical, and consumer contexts. She has previously worked on games and play in erudite…

Sara Tridenti
Graduate Student

Sara Tridenti is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the History of Science Program at Princeton. Her research unearths part of the deep history contained in the ground beneath our feet by tracing the development and practice of soil microbiology in the United States. In her dissertation, Sara aims to weave together a history of soil science,…

Austen Van Burns
Graduate Student

Austen Van Burns studies how physicists, mathematicians, logicians, and linguistic philosophers represented and conveyed knowledge during the rise of European fascism. She focuses on members of the Unity of Science movement who, despite conditions which hobbled their scholarship and endangered their lives, did not emigrate before the outbreak…

2019-2020

Kathryn Carpenter
Graduate Student

Kathryn (Kate) Carpenter is a PhD candidate in History of Science at Princeton University whose research focuses on the intersection of environmental history and history of science. Her dissertation is a social and scientific history of storm chasing in the United States since the 1950s. It draws on archival sources, scientific publications,…

Julian Chehirian
Graduate Student

My dissertation project traces the emergence of art-making as a form of psychological therapy across the 20th century. It studies the entwinement of psycho-scientific and artistic practices in varying efforts to use creative expression to access and heal the psyche. 

In my public history practice, such continuities between…

Francesca DeRosa-Grover
Graduate Student

I study the history of medicine, focusing on the United States in the 20th century. I earned a BA in History and German from NYU in 2016. For my honors thesis, I researched and wrote on the history of the nutritional deficiency disease pellagra in the American South. After a brief stint in editing, I then moved to the History and Philosophy of…

Vincent Femia
Graduate Student

My work focuses on the intersection of science, governance, and urban history in the United States from the end of the Civil War to roughly World War I. My dissertation, “Magnificent Distances: The Rise and Fall of the Capital City of Science, 1865-1920,” explores Washington, D.C.’s period of scientific preeminence. It analyzes the…

Jack Klempay
Graduate Student

My dissertation project is a history of the atomic veterans, soldiers who were exposed to radiation through their participation in nuclear tests. During the period of exposure, soldiers conducted exercises and were subjected to a battery of physical and psychological tests in order for war planners to anticipate the challenges they would face…

2018-2019

Jin-Woo Choi
Graduate Student

Jin-Woo Choi is a sixth-year PhD candidate specializing in early modern European social and cultural history, with a particular focus on climate and environment. His dissertation, entitled “Melting Memories: Meteorology and the Great Winter of 1709,” brings together sources from over 40 archives across Italy, Germany, France, Britain and North…

Haris A. Durrani
Graduate Student

I study the histories of law, technology, and extraterritoriality in the twentieth century. My dissertation follows legal disputes surrounding the first communications satellites launched in the 1960s. I ask how legal and technological practices surrounding the satellites both implemented and reconfigured ideas of extraterritoriality and empire…

Midori Kawaue
Graduate Student

Midori Kawaue studies how interactions between the indigenous population and the colonial settlers from the 17th to 19th centuries produced new scientific knowledge at a global level. She is writing a comparative history of the Ainu people, the indigenous people of northern Japan, and the Native Americans. Her first co-edited book is James…

Wesley Viner
Graduate Student

Wesley Viner specializes in the history of early modern Christianity and science. His dissertation, “Reading, Revelation, and Nature: Biblical Interpretation and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England,” examines the rise of Mosaic natural philosophy and its effects upon biblical interpretation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England…

2017-2018

Yang Li
Graduate Student

Yang is a PhD candidate in the History of Science program. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled “Antibiotics, Scientific Expertise, and Pharmaceutical Marketplace in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1990,” which examines the interrelated development of science, technology, and medicine in modern China through a history of…

2016-2017

Pallavi Podapati
Graduate Student

Pallavi is a PhD candidate in the History of Science program and a Gender and Sexuality Studies certificate student. She is interested in the history of medicine, technology, disability and the body. Her dissertation is on the history of medicine and technology in the Paralympic Games. Before starting graduate…

2014-2015

Megan Baumhammer

I am a Ph.D. student in the Program for the History of Science with research interests in Early Modern science; the history of the imagination; visual culture and scientific illustration.

Before coming to Princeton I completed an M.Sci. at the University of Sydney with a thesis called "Optical Instruments and the Early Modern…

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