2021 HSS Election Candidates

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Achieving greater diversity and inclusion in our governance is a work-in-progress. The Nominating Committee is delighted to put forward for election the following individuals who are leading our fields with their scholarship and who will bring a diversity of identities and personal experiences to HSS governance positions.

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Nominating Committee

Sarah Naramore

Victor Seow

Nukhet Varlik

Jaipreet Virdi

Council Delegate

Helen Anne Curry

Vice President

Fa-ti Fan

Evelynn Hammonds

Florence Hsia

Candidates for Council


Monica Azzolini


Associate Professor, University of Bologna

Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

HSS Member (2002 – )

Member of the Editorial Board of Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science (Brill) (2017-)

Member of the Editorial Board of I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance (The University of Chicago Press) (2017-)

Member of the Editorial Board of Archives Internationales d’Histoires des Sciences (Brepols) (2018-)

Elected Representative for the History of Science and Medicine, Renaissance Society of America (first term 2012-2015; second term 2015-2018)

Board Member, Chair of Membership, Renaissance Society of America (2018-)

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

The Duke and the Stars: Astrology and Politics in Renaissance Milan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

“There Were no Medals to be Won: Scientific Duels in the Italian Renaissance.” Nuncius: Jounral of the Material and Visual History of Science 34, no. 2 (2019): 258-283.

“Coping with Catastrophe: St. Filippo Neri as Patron Saint of Earthquakes.” Quademi Storici 156, no. 3 (2017): 727-750.

“Talking of Animals: Whales, Ambergris, and the Circulation of Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” Renaissance Studies 31, no. 2 (2017): 297-318.

“The Political Uses of Astrology: Predicting the Illness and Death of Princes, Kings and Popes in the Renaissance.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 41, no. 2 (2010): 135-145.

“Exploring Generation: A Context to Leonardo’s Anatomies of the Female and Male Bodies.” In Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical World: Language Context and “Disegno,” edited by Domenico Laurenza and Alessandro Nova. Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2011.

“In Praise of Art: Text and Context of Leonardo’s Paragone and its Critique of the Arts and Sciences.” Renaissance Studies 19, no. 4 (2005): 487-510.

“Anatomy of a Dispute: Leonardo, Pacioli, and Scientific Entertainment in Renaissance Milan.” Early Science and Medicine 9, no. 2 (2004): 115-135.


Rebekah Higgitt


Principal Curator of Science, National Museums Scotland

Honorary Fellow (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh; Science and Technology Studies, UCL; School of History, University of Kent)

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

HSS meetings attended in 2005, 2017 and 2019

Three Societies meetings attended in 2004, 2008 and 2012

I have published in Isis (article in 2008 and Forum contribution – Why Science Museums Matter – in 2017)

Treasurer, British Society for the History of Science (formerly Council Member, Communications Committee member, Conferences Committee member and Viewpoint Editor)

Editorial Board, Endeavour (formerly Book Reviews Editor)

I am also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Royal Historical Society

Online Presence:




Selected Publications:

“‘Greenwich near London’: The Royal Observatory and its London Networks in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” British Journal for the History of Science 52 (2019): 297-322

“‘In the Society’s Strong Box’: A Visual and Material History of the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, c. 1736-1760.” Nuncius 34 (2019): 284-316.

“Instruments and relics: The History and Use of the Royal Society’s Object Collections c. 1850-1950.” Journal of the History of Collections 31 (2019): 469-485.

“Framing the Transit: Expeditionary Culture and Identities in Lieutenant E.J.W. Noble’s Caricatures of the 1874 Transit of Venus Expedition to Honolulu.” Annals of Science 74 (2017): 214-239.

“Challenging Tropes: Genius, Heroic Invention, and the Longitude Problem in the Museum.” Isis 108 (2017): 371-380.

“Equipping Expeditionary Astronomers: Nevil Maskelyne and the Development of ‘Precision Exploration’.” In Geography, Technology and Instruments of Exploration, edited by Fraser MacDonald and C.W.J. Withers. (Ashgate, 2015).

“The Building of the New Physical Observatory at Greenwich, 1980-1899.” British Journal for the History of Science 47 (2014): 609-635.

Finding Longitude: How Ships, Clocks and Stars Helped Solve the Longitude Problem. (Collins, 2014).

Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal. (Hale Books, 2014).

Recreating Newton: Biographies of Newton and the Making of Nineteenth-Century History of Science. (Pickering & Chatto, 2007).


Terence Keel


Associate Professor, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Advisory Editor, Isis

2019-2020 Panel participant: “HSS FUTURES I: Roundtable: What Do We Do about the Future of Scholarship? Demography, Diversity, and the Transformation of the History of Science” History of Science Society (HSS) 10/8/2020

Respondent: “Racial Bodies of Knowledge: Reformulations of Human Difference in Physical Anthropology” History of Science Society (HSS) and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) 10/8/2020

Conference presentation: “Beyond the Charge of Pseudoscience: New Directions for the Study of Race and the History of Science,” Roundtable: How Should the History of Science Engage with Political Activism and Social Justice? Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Francisco, CA November 21, 2015

Conference presentation: “Science, Race, and the Reoccupation of Christian Supersessionism” Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Science, Hybrid Science: Racial Science Across Borders and Disciplines in the Nineteenth-Century, Atlanta GA, November 5, 2016

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

“A Roundtable Discussion on Collecting Demographics Data.” Isis 111, no. 2 (2020): 310-353.

“The Religious Preconditions for the Race Concept in Modern Science.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 54, no. 1 (2019): 225-229.

Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science (Stanford University Press, 2018).

“Charles V. Roman, Racial Medicine, and the Specter of Polygenism in Progressive Era Public Health Research.” Social History of Medicine 28, no. 4 (2015): 742-766.

“Religion, Polygenism, and the Early Science of Human Origins.” History of the Human Sciences 26, no. 2 (2013): 3-32.


Vera Keller


Associate Professor, Dept. of History, University of Oregon

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

2019-present, Pfizer Prize Committee, HSS

2020 to present, Member, Inclusive and Transparent Governance Committee, subcommittee 3, HSS

Co-editor of book series, Cultures and Practices of Knowledge in History (de Gruyter)

Editorial Board, LIAS – Sources and Documents relating to the Early Modern History of Ideas

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Archival Afterlives: Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern British Scientific and Medical Archives. (Leiden: Brill, 2018). [co-editor with Anna Marie Roos and Elizabeth Yale]

“Into the Unknown: Clues, Hints and Projects in the History of Knowledge.” History and Theory 59, no. 4 (2020): 86-110.

“The Ottomanization of the History of Knowledge: The historia literaria Turcarum of Georg Hieronymus Welsch (1624-1677).” LIAS 46, no. 2 (2019): 201-231.

“Johann Daniel Major (1634-1693) and the Experimental Museum,” Journal of the History of Collections (2021).

“‘Everything depends upon the trial (Le tout gist à l’essay)’: Four Manuscripts between the Recipe and the Experimental Essay” (https://edition640.makingandknowing.org/#/essays/ann_320_ie_19)

“Professionalizing Doubt: Johann Daniel Major’s Observation ‘On the Horn of the Bezoardic Goat,’ Curiosity Collecting, and Periodical Publication.” In Institutionalization of Science in early modern Europe, edited by Giulia Giannini and Mordechai Feingold. (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

“Deprogramming Baconianism: The meaning of Desiderata in the Eighteenth Century.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society 72, no. 2 (2018): 119-137.

“Towards a History of Projects.” Early Science and Medicine 21, no. 5 (2016): 423-444. [co-authored with Ted McCormick]

“Storied Objects, Scientific Objects, and Renaissance Experiment: The Case of Malleable Glass.” Renaissance Quarterly 70, no. 2 (2017): 594-632.


Harun Küçük


Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Editorial Board, History of Science

Editorial Board, Studies in Ottoman Science

Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of the History of Science

Advisory Board, Ottoman World: Critical Studies in Empire, Nature, and Knowledge

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Science without Leisure: Practical Naturalism in Istanbul, 1660-1732. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).

“The Bureaucratic Sense of the Forthcoming in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul,” Journal for the History of Knowledge (Special Issue: Histories of Bureaucratic Knowledge) (2020).

“Islam, Christianity and the Conflict Thesis,” in Dixon, T., Pumfrey, S., & Cantor, G. (eds.), Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives. (Cam


Don Opitz


Associate Professor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, DePaul University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

HSS Program Co-Chair (incoming), 2022-2023

HSS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (co-chair), 2018-2021

HSS Respectful Behavior Review Committee (chair), 2019-2020

HSS Margaret Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize Committee, 2013-2014

AAAS Section L (HPS) Electorate Nominating Committee, 2019-2022

ISHPSSB Travel Support Committee, 2018-2021

IUHPST/DHST Nominations Committee, 2020-2021

IUHPST/DHST Commission on Women and Gender Studies Secretary, 2013-2021

Editor-in-Chief, Endeavour, 2020-

Topical Collection Editor, Journal of the History of Biology, “Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Biology,” 2020-

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Gender, Colonialism, and Science, 1750–1950: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Primary Sources. (Abingdon: Routledge, anticipated 2024). [co-editor with Banu Subramaniam]

The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Vol. 16(Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press. anticipated 2023). [co-editor with Richard Bellon and Ken Corbett]

Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). [co-editor with Staffan Bergwik and Brigitte Van Tiggelen]

For Better or for Worse? Collaborative Couples in the Sciences. (Basel: Birkhauser, 2012). [co-editor with Annette Lykknes and Brigitte Van Tiggelen]

“El tamaño sí importa: Victoria Florilegia y la Encarnación de la Autoridad Botánica.” [Size Matters: Victoria Florilegia and the Embodiment of Botanical Authority] In Palas y las Musas: Dialogos entre las Ciencias y el Arte, translated by Manuel Casals Cardona, p. 265-296. (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónomo de México, 2016). 

“’A triumph of brains over brute’: Women and Science at the Horticultural College, Swanley, 1890-1910.” Isis 104, no. 1 (2013): 30-62.


Alisha Rankin


Associate Professor, Department of History, Tufts University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

HSS Reingold Prize Committee, 2019-present (currently chair)

HSS Respectful Behavior Committee, 2019-present

I have attended HSS most years since 2004

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

The Poison Trials: Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the Battle for Authority in Renaissance Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Panaceia’s Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 

Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500-1800. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011. [co-editor with Elaine Leong]

“On Anecdote and Antidotes: Poison Trials in Sixteenth-Century Europe.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 91 (2017): 274-302.

“Telling Time Through Medicine: A Gendered Perspective.” In Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World, edited by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, 95-114. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

“How to Cure the Golden Vein: Medical Remedies as Wissenschaft in Early Modern Germany.” In Ways of Making and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge, edited by Pamela H. Smith, Amy R.W. Meyers, and Harold J. Cook, 109-133.. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

“Exotic Materials and Treasured Knowledge: The Valuable Legacy of Noblewomen’s Pharmacy in Early Modern Germany.” Renaissance Studies 28 (2014): 533-555.

“Medicine, Monopoly, and the Premodern State — Early Clinical Trials.” New England Journal of Medicine 375, no. 2 (2016): 106-109. [co-authored with Justin Rivest]

“Empirics, Physicians, and Wonder Drugs in Early Modern Germany: The Case of the ‘Panacea Amwaldina’.” Early Science and Medicine 14 (2009): 680-710.

“Becoming an Expert Practitioner: Court Experimentalism and the Medical Skills of Anna of Saxony (1532-1585).” Isis 98 (2007): 23-53.


Tiago Saraiva


Associate Professor, Department of History, Drexel University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Editor, History and Technology (since 2017)

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016.

“California Cloning in French Algeria: Rooting Pieds Noirs and Uprooting Fellahs in the Orange Groves of the Mitidja.” In How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology, edited by John Krige, 95-119. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021. [co-editor with Luis A. Campos, Michael R. Dietrich, and Christian C. Young]

“Cropscapes and History: Reflections on Rootedness and Mobility.” Transfers 9, no. 1 (2019): 20-41. [co-author with Francesca Bray, Barbara Hahn, and John Lourdusamy]

“Statistics as Service to Democracy: Experimental Design and the Dutiful American Scientist.” In Technology and Globalisation, edited by D. Pretel and L. Camprubí, 217-255. Palgrave Macmillan: 2018. [co-author with Amy E. Slaton]


Laura Stark



Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Co-organizer, Dismantling White Supremacism, HSS virtual meeting (2020)

Chair, HSS Forum for the History of the Human Sciences (2016-2020; Chair Elect 2014-16)

Chair, HSS Price-Webster Prize Committee (2021; Member 2019, 2020)

Advisory Editor, Isis (2015-2020)

Associate Editor, History & Theory (2011-2020)

Editorial Board Member, History of Psychology (2015-2017)

Program Committee Member, Association for the History of Medicine annual meeting (2016)

Council Member, Sociological Association, Sociology of Science, Knowledge and Technology (2014-2017)

Director, Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers (VANV), Harvard Dataverse, V1. Collection H MS c464, Harvard Medical Library, Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

The Normals: A People’s History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (under contract)

“Emergence.” Isis (Focus section on Explanation in the history of science) 110, no. 2 (2019) 332–36.

“Writing as Action, Situation, and Trace.” Special Issue of History & Theory 57, no. 4 (2018). [Special Issue Editor]

“Accounting for Esther Smucker: The Mennonite Church, the US National Institutes of Health and the Trade in Healthy Bodies, 1950-1970.” In Accounting for Health, edited by Axel Hüntelmann and Oliver FalkManchester University Press, 2021.

“Accessing ‘the Ineffable’: The History of Methods, the Methods of History, and the Case of Federal Mind-Brain Sciences.” Social Studies of Science (2018). [first author with Nancy Campbell]

“Contracting Health: Procurement Contracts, Total Institutions, and Problem of Virtuous Suffering in Postwar Human Experiment.” Social Studies of Science (2018).

“Work, Welfare, and the Values of Voluntarism: Rethinking Anscombe’s ‘Action Under a Description’ in Postwar Markets for Human Subjects.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2017).

“Out of Their Depths: ‘Moral Kinds’ and the Interpretation of Evidence in Foucault’s Modern Episteme.” History & Theory (2016).

“Making up ‘Vulnerable’ People: Human Subjects and the Subjective Experience of Medical Experiment.” Social History of Medicine (2015). [second author with Nancy Campbell]


Courtney Thompson


Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mississippi State University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Book Review Editor, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2020—present

Committee member, Education and Outreach Committee, American Association for the History of Medicine, 2017-2020

Co-Chair, Graduate and Early Career Caucus, History of Science Society, 2015–16

Mentorship officer, Graduate and Early Career Caucus, History of Science Society, 2014–16

Online Presence:



Selected publications:

An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America. Rutgers University Press, 2021.

“Finding Deborah: Centering Patients and Placing Emotion in the History of Disease.” Isis 111, no. 4 (2020): 826-829.

“A Propensity to Murder: Phrenology in Antebellum Medico-Legal Theory and Practice.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 74, no. 4 (2019): 416-439.

“Physogs: A Game with Consequences.” Endeavour 43, no. 3 (2019).

“The Curious Case of Chastine Cox: Murder, Race, Medicine and the Media in the Gilded Age.” Social History of Medicine 32, no. 3 (2019): 481-501.

“Questions of Genre: Picturing the Hermaphrodite in Eighteenth-Century France and England.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49, no. 3 (2016): 391-413.

“Choose Your Professional Path: Using Flexible Assignment Structures in Graduate Courses.” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 59, no. 3 (2021): 17-19.


Candidates for Nominating Committee


Sarah Naramore


Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Northwest Missouri State University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

HSS Virtual Forum Committee, 2020

HSS Committee on Education and Engagement, 2020-present

HSS GECC Co-Chair 2018-2020

HSS GECC Communications Officer 2015-2017

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

“‘My Master and Friend’: Social Networks and Professional Identity in American Medicine, 1798-1815.” Social History of Medicine (June 2020): 1-24.

“A Different Kind of Expert.” Nursing Clio (June 25, 2020).


Victor Seow


Assistant Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Kranzberg Fellowship Committee, Society for the History of Technology, 2017–2019

Convenor, Science and Technology in Asia Seminar Series, Harvard University, 2018–Present

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press in December 2021)

“Work, Energy, and Power: Fueling the Rise of the Modern World,” in A Cultural History of the Environment, vol. 5, ed. Stephen Mosley et al. (forthcoming with Bloomsbury)

Lishixue zhong de nengyuan: yi ge wenxian zongsu 历史学中的能源:一个文献综述 [Energy in historiography: A survey of scholarship], in Shijie nengyuan shi zhong de Zhongguo: dansheng, yanbian, liyong ji qi yingxiang 世界能源史中的中国: 诞生、演变、利用及其影响 [China in the global history of energy: Origins, transformations, uses, and their effects], eds. Zhu Yingui and Yang Daqing (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2020).

 “Sites of Energy Extraction: Perspectives from a Japanese Coal Mine in Northeast China,” Environmental History 24, no. 3 (July 2019): 504–513.

“The Metabolism of Modern Migration,” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 8, no. 3 (Winter 2018): 123–129.


Nukhet Varlik


Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University-Newark & University of South Carolina

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA)

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Co-convener, History of Infectious Disease in the Islamicate World Working Group, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM), 2021

Editorial Board, Studies in Ottoman Science

Editorial Board, Journal of Research in the History of Science and Technology (JRHST)

Co-editor, Stanford Ottoman World Series: Critical Studies in Empire, Nature, and Knowledge

Online Presence:



Selected Publications.

Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean. Arc Humanities Press, 2017.

“The plague that never left: restoring the Second Pandemic to Ottoman and Turkish history in the time of COVID-19.” New Perspectives on Turkey 63 (2020): 176-89.

“Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of COVID-19.” In Histories of Epidemics in the Time of COVID‐19.” Centaurus 62, no. 2 (2020): 285-93.

“Why Is Black Death Black? European Gothic Imaginaries of ‘Oriental’ Plague.” In Plague Image and Imagination from Medieval to Modern Times, edited by Christos Lynteris. Palgrave, 2021.

“Books on Medicine: Medical Knowledge at Work.” In Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4), edited by Gülru Necipoğlu, Cemal Kafadar, and Cornell H. Fleischer, 527-55. Brill, 2019.

“Between Local and Universal: Translating Knowledge in Early Modern Ottoman Plague Treatises.” In Knowledge in Translation: Global Patterns of Scientific Exchange, 1000-1800 CE, edited by Patrick Manning and Abigail Owen, 177-90.. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018.

“Dead(ly) Uncertainties: Plague and Ottoman Society in the Age of the Renaissance.” In The Routledge History of the Renaissance, edited by William Caferro, 259-74. Routledge, 2017.

“‘Oriental Plague’ or Epidemiological Orientalism?: Revisiting the Plague Episteme of the Early Modern Mediterranean.” In Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean, edited by Nükhet Varlık. Arc Humanities Press, 2017.

“Review Essay: Beyond Eurocentric Histories of Plague.” Early Science and Medicine 22, no. 4 (2017): 361-373.


Jaipreet Virdi


Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

AAHM Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2021-2023

HSS Women’s Caucus Co-Chair, 2020-2022

HSS Education & Outreach Committee, 2019-2021

AAHM Program Committee, 2019-2020 Disability History Association Board Member, 2019-2022

HSS Forum for the History of Health, Medicine and the Life Sciences, 2019-2021

Advisory Editor, Isis, 2021-2023

Associate Editor, Literature and Medicine journal, 2020-2023

Media Editor, Historical Studies in the the Natural Sciences journal, 2019-2022

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Legacies, Interventions. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. [co-editor with Iain Hutchison and Martin Atherton]

“Medicalising Deafness in Victorian London: The Royal Ear Hospital, 1816-1916.” In Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Legacies, Interventions, edited by Iain Hutchison, Martin Atherton, Jaipreet Virdi, 73-91. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.

“Materializing User Identities through Disability Technologies.” In Making Disability Modern: Design Histories, edited by Bess Williamson, Elizabeth Guffey, 225-241. New York: Bloomsbury, 2020.

“Material Traces of Disability: Andrew Gawley’s Steel Hands.” Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science 35, no. 4 (2020): 606-631.

“Finger Surgery for Deafness: Rethinking Quackery in Medical History.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 191, no. 7 (2019): 192-194.

“Phyllis M. Tookey Kerridge and the Science of Audiometric Standardization in Britain.” British Journal for the History of Science 51, no. 1 (2018): 123-146. [co-author with Coreen McGuire]

“Prevention & Conservation: Historicizing the Stigma of Hearing Loss, 1910-1940.” Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 45, no. 4 (2017): 531-544.

“Between Cure and Prosthetic: ‘Good Fit’ in Artificial Eardrums.” In Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939, edited by Claire L. Jones, 48-69. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

“Curtis’s Cephaloscope: Deafness and the Making of Surgical Authority in London, 1815-1845.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87, no. 3 (2013): 349-379.


Candidate for Council Delegate


Helen Anne Curry


Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Council member, History of Science Society, 2020–22

Reingold Prize Committee (Chair, 2017), History of Science Society, 2015–17

Advisory Editor, Isis, 2018–21

Churchill Archives Committee, Churchill Archives Centre, 2015–present

Online Presence:



Selected Publications:

Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction. Oakland: University of California Press, forthcoming – 2022.

Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Worlds of Natural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. [co-editor with Nick Jardine, James Secord, and Emma Spary]

“Taxonomy, Race Science, and Mexican Maize.” Isis 112, no. 1 (2021).

“From Bean Collection to Seed Bank: Transformations in Heirloom Vegetable Conservation, 1975–1985.” BJHS Themes 4 (2019): 149-167.

“Wanted Weeds: Environmental History in the Whipple Museum.” In The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Objects and Investigations, edited by Josh Nall, Liba Taub, and Frances Wilmoth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.


Candidates for Vice President


Fa-ti Fan


Professor, Department of History, Binghamton University, State University of New York

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Council Member, 2015-2017 (Bylaws Committee, 2015)

Chair, Nominating Committee, 2015

Chair, Nominating Committee, 2011

Forum for the History of Science in Asia (History of Science Society Interest Group) Co-chair, 2015-2017

Steering Committee (renamed Advisory Board in 2019), 2014-present

Editorial Board, Osiris, 2011-2015

Advisory Editorial Board, Isis, 2004-2006

Campaign Statement:

I am truly honored to be nominated for the position of Vice President of HSS. I began my career as a historian of science and empire. Over the years, my research interests have shifted to East Asia and have become more comparative and global in perspective. I greatly value the inclusive, cosmopolitan, and rigorous intellectual environment of HSS. As a Council member and twice as chair of the Nominating Committee, I strongly advocated for international dialogue and collaboration with scholarly communities in all world regions. I see it as a core mission of HSS.

I have spent my entire professional career at a medium-sized public university. I have found the experience richly fulfilling. Yet, I am also familiar with the challenges a historian of science might face in such an academic setting. HSS has vigorously supported graduate students as well as junior colleagues at smaller universities and non-academic sectors. We must continue to broaden the effort. The future of our profession depends on our ability to help carve out rewarding careers for a new generation.

Indeed, we are facing challenges and uncertainties. Some are immediate, such as the fallout of the current pandemic. Others are more persistent, such as the changing landscape of higher education. I believe that historians of science are well-positioned to address many of these problems. It is an opportunity and a responsibility for us. As Vice President, I would work energetically to advance the mission of our Society. 

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

British Naturalists in Qing China: Science, Empire, and Cultural Encounter. Harvard University Press, 2004.

“Science in Modern China.” In Modern Science in National, Transnational, and Global Context, vol. 8, edited by Hugh Slotten, Ronald Numbers, and David Livingstone, 521-554. Cambridge University Press, 2020. [co-author with Shellen Wu]

“Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?: Bio-sentinels as Seismic Sensors in Communist China and Beyond.” History and Philosophy of Science, Part A 70 (2018): 58-69.

“Citizen, Science, and Citizen Science.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society 13 (2019): 181-193. [co-author with Shun-ling Chen]

“Modernity, Region, and Technoscience: One Small Cheer for Asia as Method.” Cultural Sociology (2016): 352-368.

“Circulating Material Objects: The International Controversy over Antiquities and Fossils in Twentieth-Century China.” In The Circulation of Knowledge Between Britain, India and China The Early-Modern World to the Twentieth Century, edited by Bernard Lightman, Gordon McQuat, and Larry Stewart, 209-236. Brill, 2013.

“The Global Turn in the History of Science.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society (2012): 249-258.

“Science, State, and Citizens: Notes from Another Shore.” Osiris 27: Science and Its Histories (2012): 227-249.

“‘Collective Monitoring, Collective Defense’: Science, Earthquakes and Politics in Communist China.” Science in Context 25 (2012): 127-154.

“Redrawing the Map: Science in Twentieth-Century China.” Isis 98 (2007): 524-538.


Evelynn Hammonds


Barbara Gutmann Prof. of the History of Science, Prof. of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Dir. Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Co-Chair, HSS Respectful Behavior Review Committee 2019-present

Member Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2016-present

HSS Council , 1999-2001

Co-Chair, HSS Committee on Women, 1993-95.

Campaign Statement:

Over this past year we have lived through a continuing worldwide pandemic, unprecedented political upheavals, astonishing technological developments and profound societal transformations. At no other time in recent memory has there been a greater urgency and need to bring broader visibility to high-level scholarship about the production of scientific, medical and technical knowledge that is the hallmark of the History of Science Society.

As vice president I will work with the current leadership to develop new and innovative platforms to reach out to scholars, policymakers, scientists, researchers, engineers and the general public. It is no longer tenable, to be a society of scholars with little outreach and engagement with these broader publics. In addition, I am interested in developing initiatives supporting new scholarship that engages and integrates race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and post-colonial studies into prominent fora at our annual meetings. Most, importantly I will work to encourage better communication within HSS to bring to the fore new ideas, support for early career scholars, and to diversify and energize our membership.

To end, let me state what I am not interested in doing should I be elected vice president. I am not interested in serving in the leadership of a society that does not want to change and adapt to this unprecedented historical moment. We must seize this moment because it reveals that science and its histories matter and who better to engage in the necessary work to show how and why it matters right now than this society.

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

Childhood’s Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

“Enshrining Equity in Democracy.” Science 369, no. 6508 (2020): 1147.

“Economic reforms might be the best health-care reforms.” The Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2020. [co-author with Susan Reverby]

“Toward a Historically Informed Analysis of Racial Heath Disparities Since 1619.” American Journal of Public Health 109, no. 10 (Oct. 2019): 1348-1349. [co-author with Susan Reverby]

“The Dilemma Of Classification: The Past in the Present.” In Genetics and the Unsettled Past, edited by K. Wailoo, A. Nelson, et al. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011. [co-author with Lundy Braun]

“Race, Population and Genomics: Africa as Laboratory.” Social Science and Medicine 30 (2008): 1-9. [co-author with Lundy Braun]

“The Use of Race Variables in Genetic Studies of Complex Traits ad Goal of Reducing Health Disparities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective.” American Psychologist 60, no. 1 (Jan. 2005). [co-author with several others]

“Gendering the Epidemic: Feminism and the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the United States, 1981-1999.” In Science, Medicine, and Technology in the 20th Century: What Difference Has Feminism Made, edited by A. Creager, E. Lunbeck and L. Schiebinger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

“Racial Categories in Medical Practice: How Useful Are They?” PLOS Medicine 4, no. 9 (Sept. 2007): e271 [co-author with several others]


Florence Hsia


Professor of History of Science, University of Wisconsin

HSS and Related Professional Activities:

Council, History of Science Society (2021–2023)

Rossiter Prize committee, History of Science Society (2020–2022)

Board of Editors, Journal of the History of Ideas (2018–2021)

Morris D. Forkosch Book Prize Committee, Journal of the History of Ideas (2018–2021)

Committee on Publications, History of Science Society (2012–2016; chair, 2016)

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Reader Selection Committee, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (2016)

Co-chair, Program Committee, History of Science Society 2015 Annual Meeting – San Francisco (2014-2015)

Program Committee, American Historical Association 2015 Annual Meeting – New York City (2013-2015)

Campaign Statement:

When the History of Science Society was founded nearly a hundred years ago, the world—scholarly and otherwise—was in flux, to say the least. Then, as now, the travails of conflict, disease, and oppression fueled calls for modes of scholarship that could assess scientific, medical, and technological complexities while addressing the concerns of an increasingly connected globe. Then, as now, another information deluge threatened to overwhelm the capacity to analyze science’s past, present, and future. Then, as now, many paths—whether personal or institutional, methodological or disciplinary, political or professional—beckoned to the student of science’s history, even as the need for such scholarship seemed ever more acute.

As we turn towards the Society’s second century, I look forward to working in partnership with members to develop a renewed vision of our shared intellectual and institutional mission: one capacious enough to support all who seek to better understand the history of science in social and cultural context, whoever and wherever they may be; focused enough to effectively advocate for scholarship in these areas; and ambitious enough to sustain the Society and its responsibilities as we meet the pressing challenges of our time.

Online Presence:


Selected Publications:

“History of science, technology, and medicine: A second look at Joseph Needham.” Isis 110, no. 1 (2019): 94-99 [co-author with Dagmar Schäfer; also published in Technology and Culture 60, no. 2 (2019): 554–61]

“Astronomy after the deluge.” In Science in the archives: pasts, presents, futures, edited by Lorraine Daston, 17-52. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Sojourners in a strange land: Jesuits and their scientific missions in late imperial China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

“Chinese astronomy for the early modern European reader.” Early science and Medicine 13, no. 5 (2008): 413-46.