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.


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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.

Twitter: @theroyalfig


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Whitney C Lim – Undergraduate Student Assistant

Whitney is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Theology, Sustainability, and Business Economics. She is a student leader of the on-campus Christian fellowship, Iron Sharpens Iron. Whitney has also studied abroad in Jerusalem for a semester, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Collegiate 4-H, and worked in Student Government. This past summer, she interned in New York with the Hawthorne Valley Association.

Email her at whitney@hssonline.org.


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Hannah Morris – Undergraduate Student Assistant

Hannah is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Science Preprofessional and minoring in Poverty Studies. She serves as a resident assistant for her dorm and leads a small group through an on-campus Christian fellowship group, Iron Sharpens Iron. This past summer, Hannah worked at a health clinic in Gulu, Uganda. After graduation, she will serve as a teacher through the Alliance for Catholic Education and ultimately receive a Masters in Education.

Email her at hannah@hssonline.org.


Isabelle Lahaie – Graduate Student Assistant

Isabelle is a second-year PhD student in the History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame.  Her research interests include the history of alchemy and medicine in sixteenth-century Germany.

Email her at isabelle@hssonline.org.