Dissertation Fellows

Current Fellows

Nicole Belolan

Nicole Belolan

University of Delaware

2014-2015 Research Fellow

Navigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1700-1861

Amanda Casper

Amanda Casper

University of Delaware

2014-2015 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Home Alteration in Industrial Philadelphia, 1865 to 1925

Roberto Chauca Tapia

Roberto Chauca Tapia

University of Florida

2014-2015 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Science in the Jungle: The Missionary Mapping and National Imagining of Western Amazonia

Cara Fallon

Cara Fallon

Harvard University

2014-2015 Research Fellow

One Hundred Years of Health: Changing Expectations for Aging Well in 20th Century America

Abraham Gibson

Abraham Gibson

Ph.D., Department of History
Florida State University

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow

In Search of the Social Impulse: Science and Conciliation during the Interwar Years, 1919-1939

Abigail Glogower

Abigail Glogower

University of Rochester

2014-2015 Research Fellow

Lives of the Copyists: Replicating Subjects in Antebellum American Print Culture 1820-1860

Heidi Hausse

Heidi Hausse

Princeton University

2014-2015 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany

Jonson Miller

Jonson Miller

Associate Teaching Professor
Drexel University

2014-2015 Research Fellow

Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South: The Southern Military Schools and the Foundation of the New South

Sarah Naramore

Sarah Naramore

University of Notre Dame

2014-2015 Research Fellow

The Last Great System: Benjamin Rush's Physiological Worldview

Elizabeth Searcy

Elizabeth Searcy

Brown University

2014-2015 Research Fellow

The Unconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917

Jeannie Shinozuka

Jeannie Shinozuka

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Associate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014-2015 Research Fellow

Biotic Borderlands: Constituting Race in Transnational Public Health and Agriculture, 1880-1945

Christopher Willoughby

Christopher Willoughby

Tulane University

2014-2015 Research Fellow

Treating the Black Body: Race and Medicine in American Culture, 1800-1861

Past Fellows

Katherine Arner

Katherine Arner

Ph.D. Candidate
Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
Johns Hopkins University

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Shaped by Fever, Commerce and War: American Medicine and Public Health in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions

Carin Berkowitz

Carin Berkowitz

Ph.D. Candidate
Science and Technology Studies
Cornell University

2009-2010 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Making British Medicine: Practice and Pedagogy in the Early Nineteenth Century

Andrew Berns

Andrew Berns

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Natural Science of the Biblical World in Late Renaissance Italy

Elisabeth Berry Drago

Elisabeth Berry Drago

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art History
University of Delaware

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Thomas Wijck’s Painted Alchemists at the Intersection of Art, Science and Practice

Nicholas Best

Nicholas Best

Ph.D. Candidate
History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

Lavoisier as Historian of Chemistry and Philosopher of Science

Amanda Bevers

Amanda Bevers

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of California, San Diego

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Making Museums of Medical History

Nicholas Blanchard

Nicholas Blanchard

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Oregon State University

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

Domestication: The Culture of a Science in the 20th Century

Jeremy Blatter

Jeremy Blatter

Ph.D. Candidate
History of Science and Film and Visual Studies
Harvard University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Psychotechnics of Everyday Life: Hugo Münsterberg and the Politics of Applied Psychology, 1892-1920

Catherine Bonier

Catherine Bonier

Ph.D. Candidate
Architecture Department
University of Pennsylvania

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Benjamin H. Latrobe's Philadelphia Waterworks: Republican Emblem and Democratic Instrument of Healthy Equilibrium

Susan Brandt

Susan Brandt

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Temple University

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1740-1830

Benjamin Breen

Benjamin Breen

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Texas, Austin

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Cures from New Worlds: the Portuguese Tropics and the Origins of the Global Drug Trade, 1640-1760

Kathleen Brian

Kathleen Brian

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of American Studies
George Washington University

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Morbid Propensities: Suicide, Sympathy, and the Making of the Eugenic Public, 1843-1903

Jeffrey Brideau

Jeffrey Brideau

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Maryland

2012-2013 Dissertation Writing Fellow

A Bond Rather than a Barrier: Constructing the St. Lawrence Seaway, An Environmental History

Sarah Bridger

Sarah Bridger

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Columbia University

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

Scientists and the Ethics of U.S. Weapons Research, 1957-1991

Sarah Chesney

Sarah Chesney

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
College of William and Mary

2013-2014 Research Fellow

The Fruit of Their Labors: Exploring William Hamilton's Greenhouse Complex and the Rise of American Botany in Early Federal Philadelphia

Terry M. Christensen

Terry M. Christensen

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Oregon State University

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

John Archibald Wheeler: A Study in the Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Politics of 20th Century Physics

Kara B. Clevinger

Kara B. Clevinger

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of English
Temple University

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

Isolating Liberty: The Home, the Prison, and the Asylum in Antebellum Literature

Erin Corrales-Diaz

Erin Corrales-Diaz

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915

Meghan Crnic

Meghan Crnic

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Salubrious Sea: Marine Hospitals, the Environment, and the Health of American Urban Children, 1870-1930

Karin Ekholm

Karin Ekholm

Ph.D. Candidate
History and Philosophy of Science Department
Indiana University

2008-2009 Dissertation Research Fellow

Generation and its Problems: Harvey, Highmore and Their Contemporaries

Ellery Foutch

Ellery Foutch

Ph.D. Candidate
History of Art
University of Pennsylvania

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse in Peale's Butterflies, Heade's Hummingbirds, Blaschka's Flowers, and Sandow's Body

Anna Geltzer

Anna Geltzer

Ph.D. Candidate
Science and Technology Studies
Cornell University

2009-2010 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Epistemology in Flux: Changing Conceptions of What Counts as Clinical Evidence in 20th and 21st Century Russia

Claire Gherini

Claire Gherini

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Johns Hopkins University

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

'That Great Experiment': Plantation America and the Remaking of British Medicine in the Anglophone Atlantic, 1730-1800.

Melissa J. Grafe

Melissa J. Grafe

Ph.D. Candidate
Institute of the History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

‘To attendance and medicine’: Medical practice in the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic regions, 1769-1820

Emily Handlin

Emily Handlin

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Brown University

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Moving Beyond Vision: Eadweard Muybridge in Philadelphia

Christopher Heaney

Christopher Heaney

Ph.D. Candidate (Harrington Doctoral Fellow)
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Andean Afterlives: the Hemispheric Circulatio n of the Pre-Columbian Dead and Peruvianist Anthropology, 1780-1948

Eric S. Hintz

Eric S. Hintz

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Post-Heroic Generation: American Independent Inventors, 1900-1950

Tisha Hooks

Tisha Hooks

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of African American Studies
Yale University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Duct Tape and the U.S. Social Imagination

Kuang-chi Hung

Kuang-chi Hung

Ph.D. Candidate
History of Science
Harvard University

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Bridging the Disjunction: Asa Gray and the Botanical Exchanges between East Asia and North America

Laura Igoe

Laura Igoe

Ph.D. Candidate
Tyler School of Art
Temple University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Opulent City and the Sylvan State: Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia

Kathryn Irving

Kathryn Irving

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Yale University

2013-2014 Research Fellow

The American Idiot Schools: Disability and Segregation in the Nineteenth Century

Lijing Jiang

Lijing Jiang

Ph.D. Candidate
History and Philosophy of Science
Arizona State University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Degeneration in Miniature: Cell Death and Aging Research in the Twentieth Century

Katrina Jirik

Katrina Jirik

Ph.D. Candidate
Program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
University of Minnesota

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

American Institutions for the Feeble-minded from 1875 to 1920: a reinterpretation

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

2008-2009 Dissertation Research Fellow

Energy Highways: Canals, Pipes, and Wires Transform the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1820-1930

Jason Kauffman

Jason Kauffman

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Terra Desconhecida: Nature, Knowledge, and Society in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil and Bolivia

Tina Kibbe

Tina Kibbe

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
SUNY Buffalo

2008-2009 Dissertation Research Fellow

Deviant Women, Toxic Bodies: Eugenics and Public Health in the United States, 1900-1950

Joel Klein

Joel Klein

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Chymistry, Corpuscularism, and Controversy: The Ideas and Influence of Daniel Sennert (1572-1637)

Matthew Laubacher

Matthew Laubacher

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Arizona State University

2008-2009 Dissertation Research Fellow

Assessing the Role of European Thought: The Culture of Collecting in 19th-Century American Natural History

Jessica Linker

Jessica Linker

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Connecticut

2013-2014 Research Fellow

"It is my wish to behold Ladies among my hearers": Early American Women and Scientific Practice, 1720-1860

Kurt MacMillan

Kurt MacMillan

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of California, Irvine

2011-2012 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Hormonal Bodies: A Transregional History of Sex and Race in Constitutional Medicine, 1911-1965

Julia Mansfield

Julia Mansfield

Ph.D. Candidate
History Department
Stanford University

2013-2014 Dissertation Writing Fellow

The Disease of Commerce: Yellow Fever in the Atlantic World, 1793-1805

Joseph Martin

Joseph Martin

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History, Technology and Medicine
University of Minnesota

2011-2012 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Solid Foundations: Structuring American Solid State Physics, 1939-1993

Andrew McGee

Andrew McGee

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Virginia

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Mainframing America: Computers, Systems, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy and Society, 1940-1985

Emily Merchant

Emily Merchant

University of Michigan

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Prediction and Control: Global Population Projection in the Twentieth Century

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Crafting the Two Cultures: Identifying and Educating Future Scientists and Non-Scientists in America, 1910–1970

Teasel Muir-Harmony

Teasel Muir-Harmony

Ph.D. Candidate
History, Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013-2014 Dissertation Writing Fellow

The Space Race and American Public Diplomacy

Douglas O’Reagan

Douglas O’Reagan

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of California, Berkeley

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Seizing Science and Technology: American, British, and French Efforts to Take German Technology During and Following the Second World War

Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion

Ph.D., Department of American Studies
University of Texas, Austin

2012-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow

Dark Futures: Environmental Catastrophes and American Childhood in the 1970s

Donald Opitz

Donald Opitz

Associate Professor
School for New Learning
DePaul University

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Cross-Atlantic Fertilizations: Women’s Horticultural Education at Ambler, Pennsylvania

Miranda Paton

Miranda Paton

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Cornell University

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

Vertebrate Paleontology and the Evolutionary Synthesis

James Poskett

James Poskett

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge

2013-2014 Research Fellow

Printing skulls: the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)

Joanna Radin

Joanna Radin

Ph.D. Candidate
History & Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

2010-2011 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Life on Ice: Frozen Blood, Human History, and Biodiversity in a Genomic Age

Ann Robinson

Ann Robinson

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Massachusetts Amherst

2012-2013 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Creating a Symbol of Science: The Standard Periodic Table of the Elements

Madhumita Saha

Madhumita Saha

Ph.D. Candidate
History of Science and Technology
Iowa State University

2010-2011 Dissertation Writing Fellow

State Policy, Agricultural Research and Transformation of Indian Agriculture, With Special Reference to Basic Food Crops, 1947-1985

Funke Sangodeyi

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Harvard University

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Body as Ecosystem: Good Germs and American Bodies, 1940s-1990s

Abigail Schade

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Columbia University

2009-2010 Dissertation Research Fellow

Traditional Qanat Irrigation Technologies in Arid Environments: A Global Environmental History, with Evidence from Iran, the Western Desert of Egypt, and the Balearic Islands of Spain

Paul Shin

Paul Shin

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Yale University;
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Medicine
University of Rochester

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Insensible Souls: Mesmerism, Science, and the American Imagination, 1837-1860

Aimee Slaughter

Aimee Slaughter

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Science, Technology and Medicine
University of Minnesota

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

Radium Therapy in America, 1898-1939

Nicholas Spicher

Nicholas Spicher

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History of Science and Technology
Johns Hopkins University

2008-2009 Dissertation Research Fellow

A Study of the 18th-Century Use and Growth of Scientific Demonstrations in the Context of University Instruction

Cameron Strang

Cameron Strang

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Entangled Knowledge, Expanding Nation: Local Science and the United States Empire in the Southeast Borderlands, 1763-1840

Simon Thode

Simon Thode

Ph.D. Candidate
Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
The Johns Hopkins University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Sciences of Observation and their use in the development of the United States, 1770-1820

Jenna Tonn

Jenna Tonn

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of the History of Science
Harvard University

2012-2013 Dissertation Research Fellow

The Show-Room and the Workshop: The Laboratory within the Natural History Museum and the Development of American Biology, 1850 – 1935

Dora Vargha

Dora Vargha

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Rutgers University

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs: The International Governance of Polio in the Cold War from a Hungarian Perspective

Theodore Varno

Theodore Varno

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of California, Berkeley

2008-2009 Dissertation Writing Fellow

The Nature of Tomorrow: Inbreeding in Practice and Theory in the Anglo-American Context, 1860-1950

Aelwen Wetherby

Aelwen Wetherby

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Science, Department of History
University of Oxford

2011-2012 Dissertation Research Fellow

Aid, Incorporated: American Medical Relief to China and the Development of Medical Diplomacy, 1937-1949

Matthew White

Matthew White

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Florida

2011-2012 Research Fellow

Public Science, Patronage, and Free Education: The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia 1855 - 1900

Kristen Ann Woytonik

Kristen Ann Woytonik

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of New Hampshire

2013-2014 Research Fellow

A Healthy Independence: The Politics, Science, and Business of Healthcare in Early Republic Philadelphia

Damon Yarnell

Damon Yarnell

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

2008-2009 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Motor City: Ford, Mass Production and the Industrial Ecology of Detroit, 1908-1927

Brandon Zimmerman

Brandon Zimmerman

Independent Scholar

2013-2014 Research Fellow

An Empire of Skulls: The History of The Samuel George Morton Cranial Collection and Scientific Collecting Practices in 19th Century Philadelphia.

Mary Elizabeth Zundo

Mary Elizabeth Zundo

Ph.D. Candidate
School of Fine and Applied Arts
University of Illinois

2007-2008 Dissertation Research Fellow

Mapping Destiny: Cartography and 19th-Century American Art of the Frontier

Plate IX from Mendes da Costa, Emanuel, British Conchology, 1778. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Fellows News and Notes

October 2, 2014

Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915

September 23, 2014

Thomas Wijck’s Painted Alchemists at the Intersection of Art, Science and Practice

August 10, 2014

Onion Signs Book Contract

August 10, 2014

Muir-Harmony Appointed Postdoc at AIP

August 10, 2014

Mansfield Wins Fellowship

July 31, 2014

An Empire of Skulls: The History of The Samuel George Morton Cranial Collection and Scientific Collecting Practices in 19th Century Philadelphia

July 31, 2014

Terra Desconhecida: Nature, Knowledge, and Society in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil and Bolivia

July 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Vision: Eadweard Muybridge in Philadelphia

June 3, 2014

Chymical Medicine, Corpuscularism, and Controversy: A Study of Daniel Sennert’s Works and Letters

June 3, 2014

The Fruit of Their Labors: Exploring William Hamilton’s Greenhouse Complex and the Rise of American Botany in Early Federal Philadelphia

June 3, 2014

Public Science, Patronage, and Free Education: The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia 1855-1900

March 4, 2014

Morbid Propensities: Suicide, Sympathy, and the Making of American Eugenics

February 27, 2014

“It is my wish to behold Ladies among my hearers”: Early American Women and Scientific Practice, 1720-1860

January 2, 2014

Cross-Atlantic Fertilizations: Women’s Horticultural Education at Ambler, Pennsylvania

October 10, 2013

Printing skulls: the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)

October 1, 2013

Degeneration in Miniature: Cell Death and Aging Research in the Twentieth Century

October 1, 2013

The American Idiot Schools: Disability and Segregation in the Nineteenth Century

October 1, 2013

The Psychotechnics of Everyday Life: Hugo Münsterberg and the Politics of Applied Psychology, 1892-1920

July 23, 2013

Seizing Science and Technology: American, British, and French Efforts to Take German Technology During and Following the Second World War

July 22, 2013

Benjamin H. Latrobe’s Philadelphia Waterworks: Republican Emblem and Democratic Instrument of Healthy Equilibrium

July 18, 2013

A Reinterpretation of American Institutions for the Feeble-minded , 1875-1920:  the development of a “bureaucracy of care”

June 6, 2013

The Show-Room and the Workshop: The Laboratory within the Natural History Museum and the Development of American Biology, 1850-1935

March 28, 2013

Fellow Update: Christopher Jones

December 6, 2012

PACHS Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Onion receives the 2012 HSS Reingold Prize

December 6, 2012

The Sciences of Observation and their use in the development of the United States, 1770-1820

December 4, 2012

Fellow Update: Susan Hanket Brandt

December 3, 2012

Fellow Update: Kurt MacMillan, Chris Heaney and Ben Breen

December 2, 2012

Fellows Update: Joanna Radin and Kurt MacMillan

December 1, 2012

Fellows Update: Andrew Berns and Terry Christensen

November 13, 2012

The Republic of Fever: Commerce, Warfare and the Making of Warm Climate Medicine in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions

November 6, 2012

Prediction and Control: Global Population Projection in the Twentieth Century

October 31, 2012

Radium Therapy in America, 1898-1939

September 13, 2012

The Opulent City and the Sylvan State:  Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia

June 12, 2012

Andean Afterlives: the Hemispheric Circulation of the Pre-Columbian Dead and Peruvianist Anthropology, 1780-1948

May 24, 2012

Bridging the Disjunction: Asa Gray and the Botanical Exchanges between East Asia and North America

April 3, 2012

The Salubrious Sea: Marine Hospitals, the Environment, and the Health of American Urban Children, 1870-1930.

February 21, 2012

Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1740-1830

January 19, 2012

“Experiment and Good Sense Must Direct You”: the Social Relations of Health, Healing and Knowledge-Making in Eighteenth-Century Plantation America.

December 8, 2011

Fellow Update: Karin Eckholm

November 1, 2011

Aid, Incorporated: American Medical Relief to China and the Development of Medical Diplomacy, 1937-1949

October 20, 2011

Making Museums of Medical History

April 8, 2011

Entangled Knowledge, Expanding Nation

February 22, 2011

Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs

February 15, 2011

Lavoisier as Historian of Chemistry and Philosopher of Science

January 13, 2011

Crafting the Two Cultures: Identifying and Educating Future Scientists and Non-Scientists in America, 1910–1970

June 10, 2010

Visiting Fellow:  Terry Christensen

June 2, 2010

The Social Relevance of Studying Domestication in the Early 20th Century

December 4, 2009

The Natural Science of the Biblical World in Late Renaissance Italy

November 12, 2009

Isolating Liberty: The Home, the Prison, and the Asylum in Antebellum Literature

October 6, 2009

Generation and its Problems: Harvey, Highmore and Their Contemporaries