Vincent Femia

Graduate Student

I study the history of science and science communication, urban history, and modern American social, political, and cultural history. I am working on a dissertation that is an urban history of science of Washington, D.C. at the turn of the twentieth century. It focuses on how local conditions of space, race, urban change, and intellectual community shaped the relationship between science and the American state, the development of the city’s culture of civic science, and the connection between presentations of scientific knowledge to various publics and the political and cultural ideals that these forms of communication embodied. My work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Washingtonian, and the Journal of Urban History.

I graduated from Kenyon College with High Honors, majoring in history and minoring in both physics and music. While at Kenyon, I spent two summers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where I worked as an Explainer on the museum floor, conducted an appraisal of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Collection, and worked as a Research Assistant in the Space History Department. I received a Landon Warner Research Grant from Kenyon College for work on my honors thesis, and in 2017, the College awarded me the Curtis A. Seichter Award for demonstrated excellence in the study of history. After graduating from Kenyon, I completed an M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

Year of Study
Fifth Year
Area of Interest
Cultural History
History of Science Communication
Modern Science
Political History
Social History
Urban History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
20th Century
North America