Dear H-Sci-Med-Tech members,
I am happy to announce that five review editors have recently joined our editorial staff!
Lucy Barnhouse has her Ph.D. (2017) from the History Department of Fordham University, New York. Her dissertation, “The Hospitals of Mainz: Legal Privileges and Social Functions,” examines how medieval hospitals functioned as religious institutions, and includes leper hospitals, traditionally excluded from comparative studies. Her research also engages with late medieval understandings of disease, and how these are revealed in sources ranging from sermons to civic regulations to collections of medical recipes. Lucy is interested in the opportunities digital scholarship affords for creating conversations that reach beyond the academy, and is a founding member of the Footnoting History podcast where she has presented on topics, including the history of medicine, since 2013.
Dominic combines methods and analyses from the history and philosophy of science and science and technology studies. He completed his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Leeds, and is now a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh on the ‘Engineering Life’ project (http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/engineeringlife). His focus is on the biological and agricultural, pursuing historical and social research on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Most recently he has begun to explore the relations between biology and technology, looking at the potential epistemological distinctions between scientists, technicians, and engineers. He is particularly interested in commissioning reviews of work that address biology, engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, intellectual property, and scientific practice, all from a more or less historical perspective.
Dan Liu is a historian of the life and physical sciences. His research examines how changes in conceptions of physical matter have affected practical and theoretical approaches to life and vice versa. Dan has published on the history of the cell and protoplasm theories in the mid-19th century, on the use of imagination and illustration in molecular biology, and on contemporary synthetic biology; he is currently working on a project on the invention of the artificial cell and the origins of the idea of semi-permeability of the cell. Dan is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biohumanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kathryn Olesko is a historian of modern science whose main research interests are in measuring practices, science pedagogy, science and engineering in Germany (especially Prussia), and comparative nuclear cultures. Her honors include the Dibner Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library, Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and several fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other foundations. In 1998 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for contributions to scholarship and teaching in the history of science and for leadership in AAAS and the History of Science Society.” In 2016 she was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society “for foundational contributions to the history of physics pedagogy and prolific editorial work in service of the history of science.” She was awarded the 2016 Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Darren N. Wagner received his Ph.D. in History at the University of York (2014). He has been a Social Studies and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (2014–16) and a postdoctoral fellow of the Canadian Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine (McGill, 2016–17), and now hold the position of Humboldt Fellow at the Charité, Berlin (2017–19). He is currently writing a monograph about sex, gender, reproduction, and neurology as related to sensibility and sentimentality in eighteenth-century Britain. He also co-edited The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2015).
These five scholars will enable us to greatly expand our review offerings, and you should be hearing from them soon!
all the best,