New Website: Fingerprinting in the Modern World

I would like to announce the launch of Fingerprinting in the Modern World, a website that provides resources for teaching the history of fingerprinting in secondary and college-level humanities, life sciences, and forensic science classes.

The website provides instructional materials (short narrative modules, video lectures, online quizzes) on the following topics:

  • the development and use of fingerprint identification in policing and forensics,
  • how fingerprint patterning has been studied in the modern life sciences, including anthropology, human genetics, and medical genetics,
  • the history of race in science, especially how disciplines such as physical anthropology and dermatoglyphics (the scientific study of fingerprints and palm patterns) have constructed notions of racial identity and difference in modern times.

The website is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (Note: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF). Any and all feedback is most welcomed!

Best regards,

Daniel Asen
Associate Professor
Department of History
Rutgers University-Newark

Website accessible here.