Executive Office

2016EOThe Executive Office manages the Society’s day-to-day activities. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Office is responsible for handling the numerous administrative and communication needs of a 3,000 member organization. The Office produces the quarterly Newsletter, and handles media requests. Recently, the Executive Office has provided guidance and historical background information to newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and San Jose Mercury News. The staff also coordinates with the program chairs to organize the annual meeting. For more information, read about the history of the executive office.

Executive Office Staff

JayMaloneRobert J. Malone – Executive Director

Jay became the HSS’s first executive director when he was hired in 1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where he studied under Frederick Gregory and Bertram Wyatt Brown; his dissertation focused on the planter/naturalist William Dunbar. His work examines science in the Old Southwest (lower Mississippi River Valley). He represents the HSS in various sister societies, such as the American Council of Learned Societies, and serves on numerous committees. He is married to the beautiful and talented Rebecca Malone, has three beautiful and talented children, and also has two slightly neurotic cats, Willow and Moe.

E-mail him at jay@hssonline.org

Ryan Feigenbaum | Society Coordinator

Ryan Feigenbaum – Society Coordinator

Ryan joined the Executive Office in September 2017. He recently received his PhD from Villanova University, defending his dissertation on the philosophy and history of late eighteenth-century German life science. In general, his work re-assesses the beginning of biology and its legacy for understanding the organic world in the twenty-first century. Ryan also has interest in digital media and research, and launched a digital exhibition, “Poetic Botany,” while he was a Mellon Fellows at the New York Botanical Garden. He aims to bring this digital experience to the History of Science Society by showcasing original digital scholarship in the history of science and by providing resources for digital historians.

E-mail him at ryan@hssonline.org


Jessica Baron Jessica Baron – Director of Media and Engagement

Jessica is currently the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a member of the History of Science Society’s Committee on Education and co-chair of HSS at Work.

She completed her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Notre Dame with a dissertation titled Reforming the Raj: Florence Nightingale’s biomedical liberalism in British India in 2013.

Email her at jessica@hssonline.org


Natalie Boone – Undergraduate Student Assistant

Natalie is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame double majoring in Marketing and Film, Television, and Theatre. She studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in Spring 2017. Last summer, she interned at Eli Lilly within the Human Resources department. Being awarded the Orr Fellowship this past November, Natalie will be moving to Indianapolis in June to begin working at Zylo as a Marketing Associate.

Email her at natalie@hssonline.org.


Kayla Carpentier – Undergraduate Student AssistantHeadshot

Kayla is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is a SIBC project leader for the Marketing division on campus and is currently working on a campus ambassador project for Vera Bradley. Last summer, she interned with Uline in their marketing department. In June, Kayla will be moving to Minneapolis as she beings her career in sales at General Mills.

Email her at kayla@hssonline.org