Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: Modern Science, History of Empire
Emily Kern is a first year PhD student in the Program in the History of Science, focusing on the history of science and empire in the nineteenth century. Her interests include the history of the field sciences, the development of the idea of the laboratory, international scientific networks, and ideas of scientific exchange and competition between different metropolitan and colonial centers. She is also interested in scientific travel narratives and nineteenth century discourses on nationalism.
Past projects have investigated the history of tropical disease control in American imperialism, focusing on malaria policy in the Philippines and leprosy policy in Hawaii. More broadly, she has also worked on narratives of European nationalism and archeological excavations of Troy, as well as the development of German American civic and ethnic identity during WWI.
Emily graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Diplomatic History in 2012. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow and Undergraduate Chair for the Penn Humanities Forum, 2011-2012, and an undergraduate fellow in the Penn Program in Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Citizenship, 2011-2012.