Megan Baumhammer (BA (Hons.), MSci University of Sydney)
Megan studies early modern natural philosophy and natural history, with a focus on the role of the imagination in the production and reception of knowledge. She is interested in optical instruments and technology, scientific images, visuality and visual culture, the history of the senses, colonial science, gender in the history of science, science and literature and science and art.
David E. Dunning (BA University of Pennsylvania; MPhil University of Cambridge)
David studies the history of mathematics and science in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Broadly speaking, he is interested in the changing definitions of and relationships between different branches of knowledge. He has worked on topics in the histories of topology, chemistry, and set theory in particular.
Charles Ashley Kollmer (BA Williams College; MA New York University)
Charles studies the history of modern biology with an emphasis on the history of biotechnology, bioinformatics, and plant biology. He is also interested in European intellectual history, natural history, and political economy. Before coming to Princeton, he received a Fulbright grant for a research project in Germany. During his stay at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, he examined experimental uses of the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana between 1907 and 1983.
Richard Spiegel (BA McGill University; MA McGill University)
Richard studies the history of standardization in astronomy in eighteenth-century Europe. His interests include the history of technology and the material culture of the physical sciences, visual culture, the history and philosophy of art, the philosophy of history and historiography, and the political and social responsibility of historical scholarship.
Elaine Ayers (BA University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Elaine is a first year PhD student in the Program in the History of Science, broadly working on nineteenth century scientific expeditions in search of plants and animals. More specifically, she is interested in Victorian classification systems, the role of the field collector, the transfer of botanical and zoological specimens between West African and Tropical America, and in travel writing and scientific discourse.
Joshua H. Bauchner (BA Brown University)
Joshua H. Bauchner is interested in intersections of history of science and intellectual history in early twentieth-century Europe.
Kathryn Maxson (BS Duke University)
Kathryn studies the history of modern biology and the biomedical sciences. She is particularly interested in university pedagogy and knowledge-formation in Cold War American molecular biology, and the relationships of American biologists to those in Britain and France during this period. She is also fascinated by the philosophy of science and the history of women in science.
Ezelle Sanford III (BA Washington University in St. Louis)
Ezelle is a first year doctoral student at Princeton University studying twentieth century American medicine. He is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Anthropology and Public Health. His research interests include the roles of black medical professionals, black hospitals, medical activism, and biological and medical constructions of race.
Yael Geller (MD Tel-Aviv University; MA Tel-Aviv University)
Yael studies the history of psychiatry and medicine, with a focus on conceptual issues at the interface of psychiatry and philosophy. Her research centers on ethical aspects of the rise of biological psychiatry.
Emily Kern (BA University of Pennsylvania)
Emily studies the history of evolution and the human sciences in the early twentieth century. Her current project is a multinational history of state-making and attempts to classify different human populations in the interwar period.
Wangui Muigai (BA Harvard University)
Wangui studies the history of medicine in America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in how racial identities are constructed and measured in medical, scientific, and public health contexts. Currently, she is exploring turn of the century discourses on vital statistics.
Ingrid Ockert (BA Oregon State University)
Ingird is interested by concepts of gender and science, technological optimism, and channels of popular scientific communication in the United States. She has recently researched familial patterns of science. Currently, she is exploring the dissemination of science through popular culture in the United States during the Cold War.
(MD, Charité Berlin; MSc, Imperial College London; Dr.med., Charité Berlin)
Felix studies the history of medicine and psychology in 19th and 20th century continental Europe. He is particularly interested in furthering cross-disciplinary discourses that engage with both the humanities and the sciences. Currently, he is working on a study of medical epistemology and a project in the history of childhood psychiatry around 1900.
Edna Bonhomme [e-mail] (B.A., Reed College; MPA, Columbia University)
Edna Bonhomme received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. She has conducted neuroscience research in Oregon. Additionally, she has conducted social science and public health research in Florida, New York City, and Haiti. She is an activist and wants to study 19th century French science, social movements, and North Africa.
Gregory Ferguson-Cradler [e-mail] (B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Columbia University)
Gregory is interested in how humans create knowledge about, interact with and exploit the environment. His dissertation explores how ideas of resource management and concepts, such as rational resource use and sustainability, have traveled over the world and been adapted and implemented in widely varying contexts.
Anthony Acciavatti [e-mail] (B.Arch, B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design; M.Arch., Harvard University)
Anthony works on the intersection of agriculture, architecture, and urbanism in North America and South Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More generally, drawing on his training in architecture and the fine arts, Anthony is interested in techniques of representation and aesthetic judgment within the history of science and technology.
Michael Barany [e-mail] (A.B. Hons., Cornell University; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; M.Sc., University of Edinburgh)
Michael studies the material and social history of mathematics. His recent articles have explored topics including the visual culture of Early Modern translations of Euclid, the relationship between algebra and geometry in mathematical analysis, Victorian views on the prehistory of numbers and measures, and the ethnography of contemporary mathematical practice. His dissertation investigates the postwar international mathematical community with focus on the diverse users and uses of the theory of distributions in mathematical analysis. More information, including preprints of his articles, can be found on his webpage.
Florencia’s research interests lie in the study of the natural world in the early modern period, especially in the transnational connections of natural knowledge, and natural history in the context of European expansion. Also, she is interested in the interface between art and science as it relates to early modern natural history and medical anatomy.
Iain Watts [e-mail] (B.A., M.A. Hons, MMath, University of Cambridge; M.Sc., Imperial College and University College London)
Iain’s main area of interest is in the history of the sciences and medicine in Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the history of electricity and chemistry, scientific life in London, and print culture. He expects to concentrate on ‘Galvanism’ in Britain in the years around 1800, especially relating to public scientific lectures and entertainments, electrical medical therapies, and scientific writing in general periodicals.
Adrian Young [e-mail] (B.A. The Ohio State University)
Adrian is interested in the relationship between science, exploration, and empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. In particular, he intends to focus his research on the role of physical anthropology within the British imperial enterprise. His undergraduate thesis examined the development of paleoanthropology in the European colonial periphery.
Hannah-Louise Clark [e-mail] (B.A. Hons, University of Oxford; A.M., Harvard University)
Hannah-Louise's research interests lie in the global histories of allopathic medicine and pharmaceuticals in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. She is currently working on the subject of medical assistants and subordinates in colonial Algeria and Morocco.
Victoria Lee [e-mail] (B.A. Hons, MA, University of Cambridge; M.Sc., Imperial College London)
Victoria's research centers on the science of fermentation as part of applied biology in Japan. The science links together brewing, wartime butanol production, antiobiotics and process biotechnology. She is interested in the interactions between Western science and indigenous industry, between science and the modernizing state, and between science and the Japanese business model.