News From the Profession – April 2019

Congratulations to the New AAAS Fellows from Section L

The following three scholars were elected to AAAS Fellowships from Section L (History and Philosophy of Science) and were recognized at the AAAS annual meeting this past February:

Helen E. Longino, Stanford University

For distinguished contributions to understanding the social structure of science and nature of objectivity and how different scientific approaches produce unique descriptive and causal knowledge.

Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Germany)

For distinguished contributions to the fields of history and philosophy of science, particularly the history of the physical sciences, and outstanding efforts to communicate science to a broad public.

James Francis Woodward, University of Pittsburgh

For distinguished contributions to understanding scientific reasoning, especially the characterization of causal inference and explanation in terms of identifying relations of invariance under intervention.

Theodor Benfey Wins Chemical History Prize

The recipient of the 2019 HIST Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Prof. Otto Theodor (Ted) Benfey, – Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and History of Science, Guilford College, Greensboro NC, and a former editor at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now Science History Institute).

The HIST Award is an international prize for outstanding achievements in the history of chemistry and is administered by the Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society.

Professor Benfey got his baptism into the history of science in 1949 during a Harvard Summer school on “Case Histories in Experimental Science” run by Harvard President James B. Conant. His first published paper on history of chemistry and chemical education was on (William) Prout’s Hypothesis in the Journal of Chemical Education in 1952. He has written seven books on chemistry and the history of chemistry, including From Vital Force to Structural Formulas (1964) and The Names and Structures of Organic Compounds (1966). He has also edited or co-edited six books on the history of chemistry and on chemical education, written 14 chapters (mostly on the history of chemistry) in monographs, and has published 89 articles and reviews in chemistry and the history of science.

In addition to his work as a historian, Ted Benfey was and continues to be a frequent editor. He was the editor of the ACS magazine Chemistry from 1963-1978. He also edited many books, including Classics in the Theory of Chemical Combination (1963) and The Kekulé Centennial (1966). And he served as Chair of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the ACS in 1966, now over 50 years ago.

The HIST Award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1500 and will be presented to Professsor Benfey at the fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego in August 2019. Additional information about the award can be found on the HIST website.

CFP: The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology

The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology (BHA) is accepting submissions for publication in 2019. The journal publishes research not only on the histories of archaeology strictly defined, but also on the subject as it intersects with related histories like those of collecting, colonialism, exploration, fieldwork, heritage, and museums. At the same time, BHA is particularly focused on building interdisciplinary collaborations, and publishes work that takes its methodological cues from fields including anthropology and historical anthropology, archaeology, art history, colonial and postcolonial studies, gender studies, global history, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science.

The BHA is published online. Articles are made available Open Access as soon as they are ready. Research shows that Open Access publications are viewed and cited more often and for a longer period than publications in subscription journals. Some studies report three times more views and others 89% more downloads.

Authors remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

The BHA is indexed by the Web of Science (Emerging Sources Citation Index), the Norwegian Scientific Database, the European Reference Index for Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, Google Scholar, CrossRef, JISC KB+, and SHERPA RoMEO.

If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) of £300, which can normally be sourced from your funder or institution. APCs cover all publication costs and ensure that all of the content is fully Open Access.

We accept online submissions. See Author Guidelines for further information. Alternatively, please contact the editors if you are unsure as to whether your research is suitable for submission to the journal.

Model Organisms in the 20th Century: Historical, Philosophic and Scientific Questions

Two talks, delivered 19 Feb 2019 at the National Institutes of Health as part of the 9th NHGRI History of Genomics Program History of Molecular Biology and Genomics Lecture Series, have been published online. Listen to “Capturing the influence of model organisms through large-scale integration of biology, literature, and scientific workforce” by Thomas Stoeger and “The Fly Room” by William deJong-Lambert.

For further details on the talks or lecture series, contact William deJong-Lambert at, Thomas Stoeger at, or Christopher Donahue at

HPS&ST March Note

The March HPS&ST Note is now available.


  • Introduction
  • International Congress on the History of Science in Education, May 30 – June 1, 2019, Vila Real, Portugal
  • 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, July 15-19, 2019
  • Springer Lecture at IHPST Thessaloniki Conference
  • New Editor of Science & Education Journal
  • Opinion Page: Beware the Greeks: Sources for the History of Gravity in Science Teaching, Thomas J.J. McCloughlin, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

Cautery Device

Electrocautery DeviceCauterization, first used in the 16th century, was a method of burning body parts, such as a blood vessels or open wounds to stop bleeding and close amputations. It was thought to prevent infection. In the modern era, doctors use electrocautery devices, which are not heated by fire but instead by an electric current. The unit is powered by a Tesla coil, which produces the high-frequency alternating current needed to make precise cuts and sterilize the area.

This 1930s medical instrument had a foot pedal that allowed a surgeon to stop and start the electric current. The actual knife would have been connected to the terminals on the front of the control unit.

Dissertation Abstracts 78-10 A and B

The latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-10 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts related to your subject area can be found at JHMDis78-10-4444 and IsisDis78-10-4444-ONLY

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2018 – yes they have some 2018 dates – back into the early 1900s.

There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations. ProQuest has begun adding numerous titles from many universities world-wide dating back into the early 1900s. Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for downloading entire copies online.

Two STS Master’s Programs at TU Munich

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at TU Munich welcomes applications for its two full-time Master’s programs M.A. Science and Technology Studies and M.A. Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology. Both programs are offered in English and are free of tuition fees. The application period is from 1 Jan 1 to 31 May 2019. Please consider submitting your application as early as possible to ensure smooth procedures (aptitude assessment, visa, travel, accommodation etc.).

Master of Arts: Science and Technology Studies (M.A. STS)

M.A. STS is a unique Master’s program that puts the relations and interactions between science, technology, society and politics front and center. From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security – the big challenges society is facing today are inseparably scientific, technical and social. In today’s highly technologized societies, STS tackles questions such as: How can we understand scientific and technological change? How do science, technology and society influence and shape each other? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production are necessary?

The program offers a research-oriented graduate education in the flourishing field of Science and Technology Studies for students interested in a comprehensive social science perspective on today’s highly technologized societies. Students gain in-depth exposure to interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about the ever-changing interplay between science, technology and society. As a full-time study program, M.A. STS offers empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology. In addition, the program offers specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology. STS graduates are able to work in a range of fields including academic research (such as a PhD program) as well as careers in science and technology policy, communication, journalism and management.

For more information, please visit this website. If you have any questions, please email

Master of Arts: Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (M.A. RESET)

M.A. RESET is a unique Master’s program that puts questions of responsibility front and center in our thinking about science, technology and innovation. Responsibility has become a key concern in current discussions around governance, economic growth, sustainable development and social progress – captured, for example, by the frameworks of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In an environment of increasing economic and political uncertainty, RESET takes serious challenges such as: How can we anticipate and govern the social, ethical or environmental impacts of scientific and technological change? What is sustainable, reflexive or democratic innovation? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production enable responsibility? How do notions of responsibility differ across regulatory, cultural and policy contexts? How should expert knowledge and technical possibilities shape democracies, markets and societies? Conversely, how can we democratize expertise and technology development?

The program offers a practice-oriented graduate education for students interested in both the technical and social aspects of responsibility in today’s highly technologized societies. Supported by mentors, students gain in-depth exposure to areas of technical specialization in collaboration with science and engineering departments at TU Munich. The program draws its interdisciplinary strength and symmetry from a diverse student body – with backgrounds in science, technology and engineering as well as social and life sciences, economics and the humanities – and specifically targets students with previous work or research experience. While a full-time study program, RESET offers a flexible program structure to accommodate candidates seeking to combine graduate studies with part-time work, internships or parallel studies/research in science and engineering. Graduates are able to work in a range of fields including government institutions, international organizations, innovative firms (both established companies and start-ups), NGOs, think tanks, research and higher education management, consulting, or they can pursue a career in academia.

The RESET program is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria which offers students a range of networking and support opportunities.

For more information, please visit this website. If you have any questions, please email

New Issue: Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences

The new issue for Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences (4/3) has been released. Articles and reviews can be reached through this link, as the journal is open-access.

Sample Articles and Reviews

  • Is it Possible to Speak of an Illuminationist Circle in the Ottoman Scholarly World? An Analysis of the Ottoman Scholarly Conception of Illuminationism, Mustakim Arıcı
  • Mental Existence Debates in the Post-Classical Period: A Study in the Context of the Essence and Category of Knowledge, Murat Kaş
  • Like a Swiss Clockwork in the Desert: A Review of Moshe M. Pavlov’s Books on Abū al-Barakāt al-Baghdādī, Pauline Froissart
  • The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition, Elias Muhanna (by Duygu Yıldırım)
  • Varlık ve Akıl: Aristoteles ve Fârâbî’de Burhân Teorisi [Being and Intellect: Demonstration Theory in Aristotle and al-Fārābī], Ali Tekin (by Fatma Karaismail)
  • Klasik İslam Düşüncesinde Atomculuk Eleştirileri [Criticisms of Atomism in Classical Islamic Thought], Mehmet Bulğen (by Zeynep Şeker)

Agricultural History Society Turns 100

14 February 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the Agricultural History Society. The Society was founded in Washington, DC “to promote the interest, study and research in the history of agriculture.“ The Society interprets this mission broadly, as creating a conversation about the key political, economic, environmental, and social issues surrounding agriculture without geographic, temporal, or methodological constraints. The AHS strives to build a discourse that cuts across historical sub-disciplines and draws in insights from the full range of social, biological, and environmental sciences. The Society will officially celebrate its 100th at its meeting in Washington, DC 5-8 June.

Journal of Energy History: Now Online

The Journal of Energy History / Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE) is a new online and open access academic journal dedicated to all aspects of energy history. Informed by scholarship in the field to date, we aim to cultivate and advance an ambitious, creative space for scholarly conversation and dissemination. Please join us — submit, read, teach, and share cutting-edge ideas in different sections (Special Issues, Varia, Reviews, and more) and through original formats (Out of the Box Dialogue across disciplines and professions, Panorama, Sources) in either English or French. With JEHRHE, we intend to enrich our understanding and vision of energy history, because we believe that historians can fuel thinking about the present and future.

The Managing Editor of the journal is Leonard Laborie.

Casebooks Final Release (13)

Simon Forman’s and Richard Napier’s Casebooks

The work of the Casebooks Project is complete. All 80,000 cases recorded by Simon Forman, Richard Napier, and their associates between 1596 and 1634, with some stray cases either side, can now be browsed and searched. Our new website has an improved interface and additional pages about the astrologers, their patients, their practices, the project, and how to use these records.

The main casebooks website contains the digital edition and critical introduction, but one website was not enough. Our dataset is on GitHub. Digital facsimiles of all sixty-six volumes are accessible through Cambridge Digital Library.

To showcase the contents of full cases — the scope of the project did not extend to transcribing the judgments — we have prepared five hundred fully-transcribed cases and a selective index of interesting things from across the corpus. For daily cases drawn from these collections, follow us on twitter @hpscasebooks. For news about Astrologaster, the computer game inspired by Forman’s casebooks (drawing on our historical expertise but made by game developers) follow @doctorforman.

The Casebooks Project is an immensely skilled and dedicated team of scholars: Michael Hawkins (Technical Director), Robert Ralley (Senior Editor), John Young (Senior Editor), Joanne Edge (Assistant Editor), Janet Yvonne Martin-Portugues (Assistant Editor), and Natalie Kaoukji (Research Fellow).

For a history of the project, and a long list of acknowledgements that begins with staff at the Wellcome Trust, our generous funders, and the Bodleian Library, which owns the manuscripts, see here.

The New-York Historical Society Announces a Newly Digitized Collection of Unique Maps

The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce that 89 maps created for the Tenement House Exhibition of 1900 are now available digitally through the Society’s website here.

The maps, hand-drawn and hand-colored, were created in 1899 under the leadership of Lawrence Veiller in conjunction with the Charity Organization Society of New York for display at the Tenement House Exhibition, held in Manhattan in February 1900. They depict neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, from the Battery to Harlem, in two series: “Strong-holds of poverty“ and “Prevalence of disease.“ Colored dots on the first series indicate the number of families requesting charitable assistance. On the second series, the dots represent instances of tuberculosis, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, and diphtheria. On both series, the population of each block is stamped at its center.

In donating the 89 maps to the New-York Historical Society in 1920, Veiller wrote, “I hope that it may be possible to display these at some time so that they may be available for persons who may wish to study them and refer to them in future years.”

Thanks to the N-YHS digitization program, these maps will now reach an audience far broader than Veiller could have imagined.

For more information about this project, please contact Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations and Curator of Printed Collections at

Ensia – News on the Environment

Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on environmental change and is supported in part by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Interested individuals can subscribe to Ensia’s weekly newsletter with links to new content here.

In addition, Ensia is glad to consider submissions for the Voices (opinion) section and to take suggestions for future reported stories through Ensia Answers. They recognize the important contributions that historians can make in helping readers understand our present and forge a better future.

For further information, contact Mary Hoff.

Editor in Chief | Ensia
@mkhoff @ensiamedia

Pilot Program in the History of Science, American Philosophical Society Library

The APS Library is pleased to announce a one-year pilot program in the History of Science. The program encourages scholars to make greater use of the Library’s holdings in the history of science, technology, and medicine through new fellowships, and to share their discoveries with the wider world through seminars, conferences, publications and other events.

As part of this program, in Fall 2019 the Library will launch three one-year predoctoral and sabbatical fellowships for scholars working on projects in the history of science, technology, and medicine. Each fellow will receive a stipend and work space at the APS, where they will join a rich intellectual community of staff and other fellows-in-residence. Fellows also will be affiliated with the Philadelphia-based Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

The history of science will be prominent in the Library’s upcoming programming in 2019-2020. For example, in January, prize-winning author Nick Bunker will share accounts of Benjamin Franklin’s early scientific experiments in a public lecture on his book, Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. On 6-5 June 2019, the APS will host a symposium on “Networks: The Creation and Circulation of Knowledge from Franklin to Facebook.” The event is inspired by the Society’s recent digitization of Benjamin Franklin’s postal records and by its involvement in “The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project.” In the fall, the Library will hold an interdisciplinary conference exploring the power and politics of maps and borders in shaping the Early Republic. The Library will also host a history of science lunchtime seminar on the second Tuesday of the month.

The program is based upon the Library’s extensive holdings in the history of science. Well over half of the approximately 13 million pages of manuscript and archival material at the APS, is in the history of science. These materials run the gamut from A to Z—from astronomy to zoology—and are particularly strong in genetics, evolutionary biology, and the life sciences. Other notable collections document the history of science in early America, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century natural history, physics and mathematics, and the early history of computing. The Library has the papers and correspondence of notable early scientific figures including Benjamin Franklin, William Bartram, and Charles Willson Peale, as well as those of seven Nobel Laureates, such as the Philadelphia-based Baruch Blumberg and the pioneering geneticist Barbara McClintock. It contains the largest holding of Charles Darwin manuscripts outside of England and among the largest collection of works by Darwin in the world. More recently, many historians of science have also given their papers to the APS.

For further information about the program and to learn more about the Library’s history of science collections, please visit our website here.

Additional questions and contact regarding this program may be directed to Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs at or at 215-440-3415.

Circumscribere Journal – Center Simão Mathias for Studies in History of Science, São Paulo

Circumscribere is an international online open-access peer-reviewed journal edited by Center Simão Mathias for Studies in the History of Science since 2006. It appears biannually and carries academic articles on the history of science, technology, and medicine. Searching to reach the international community of researchers in our area, Circumscribere Journal is published in a multilingual format.

For further information, contact: Luciana Costa Lima Thomaz, Executive Editor,

CFP: New Health & Medical Humanities List

Emerald Publishing (2018 IPG Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year) is pleased to announce investment in a new Humanities book program. Our commitment to interdisciplinary research means that we are moving into the Humanities for the first time, building new lists primarily in three exciting and increasingly important areas:

  • Health and Medical Humanities – the list will take a broad approach to include research which links the arts and humanities with health and social care, the application of arts and humanities to the education and training of medical professionals and practitioners, the history of medicine, narrative medicine, literature and medicine, philosophy of medicine, graphic medicine and bioethics (amongst other areas).
  • Digital Humanities and digital cultures – research that explores the intersection of humanities and scholarly communication with new digital tools, technologies and methods
  • Environmental Humanities – including environmental literature, ecocriticism, environmental history, environmental philosophy and environmental anthropology

We are developing new book series in each of these areas and actively commissioning stand-alone book projects (covering research monographs and edited collections, short-form Emerald Points books, and reference works such as handbooks and encyclopaedias).

Our Humanities lists will champion quality scholarship, fresh thinking and new approaches, which have the potential to shape research and practice beyond the academy.

Please do get in touch with our Humanities Publisher (Ben Doyle) at if you have a book or series idea you’d like discuss.

EASTM: New Issue #48 Published

The latest issue #48 of the Journal of EAST ASIAN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE, featuring a Focus on “Swarms, Herds, and Peoples — Examinations of Interspecies Dynamics in China,” is available online at

Sample Table of Contents

  • Note from the Editor by Catherine Jami
  • Focus Introduction by David A. Bello and C. Michele Thompson
  • “Hacking the Yak: The Chinese Effort to Improve a Tibetan Animal in the Early Twentieth Century” by Mark E. Frank
  • “The Use of Pain in Childbirth Recorded in Chinese Medical Works” by Margaret Wee Siang Ng

The Society: Donors to the HSS in 2018 [Can make these in multiple columns]

Sarton Circle ($1000+)

  • Angela and William Creager
  • Anonymous
  • Miles Davis
  • Kristine C. Harper
  • Mike Paris

President’s Circle ($500+)

  • Constance Clark
  • Charles Day
  • Bill Hassinger
  • Lynn K. Nyhart
  • Edward Ruestow

Benefactors ($200+)

  • Ann Blair
  • Carole Boyd
  • Joan Cadden
  • Kenneth Caneva
  • Floris Cohen
  • Jonathan Coopersmith
  • Paul Farber
  • Lenore Feigenbaum
  • Pamela Gossin
  • John Heilbron
  • Pamela Henson
  • Marcel LaFollette
  • Bruce Lewenstein
  • Gregory L. Macklem
  • Naomi Oreskes
  • Geoffrey Rhoads
  • Emilie Savage-Smith
  • Karen-Beth Scholthof
  • Sherman J. Suter
  • Michel J. Wade
  • Frederick Weinstein
  • Robert Westman
  • H Wick
  • Thomas Williams

Patrons ($100+)

  • Amy Ackerberg-Hastings
  • Garland Allen
  • Peter Barker
  • Janet Browne
  • Richard Burian
  • Richard Burkhardt
  • Luis Campos
  • Santos Casado de Otaola
  • Hasok Chang
  • Pey-Yi Chu
  • Nathaniel Comfort
  • Alix Cooper
  • Larry Denenberg
  • William Eamon
  • Educational Advancement Foundation
  • Judith Goodstein
  • William Harper
  • Jo N. Hays
  • Paul Israel
  • Margaret Jacob
  • Susan D. Jones
  • Gwen Kay
  • Daniel Kevles
  • John Lesch
  • Albert Lewis
  • Steven Livesey
  • Arthur Lucas
  • Harry Lucas Jr.
  • Rachel Maines
  • Gavan McCarthy
  • Victor McElheny
  • John Michel
  • Mary Jo Nye
  • Brian Ogilvie
  • Sylwester Ratowt
  • Dorothy Ross
  • John Servos
  • Pamela Smith
  • Otto Sonntag
  • Larry Spencer
  • Anne Sterling
  • Ken’ichi Takahashi
  • Klaas Van Berkel
  • Zuoyue Wang
  • Elizabeth Watkins
  • Marilyn Wilhelm

Partners ($50+)

  • Rima Apple
  • Karl Appuhn
  • William Ashworth
  • John Burnham
  • Susan Carlson
  • David Cassidy
  • Raz Chen-Morris
  • Soraya de Chadarevian
  • William Deringer
  • Adam Fix
  • Michael Friedlander
  • Scott Gilbert
  • Sebastián Gil-Riaño
  • Christopher Graney
  • Karl Hall
  • Joseph Harmon
  • Evan Hepler-Smith
  • Bruce Hevly
  • Jennifer Hubbard
  • Mentz Indergaard
  • Alan Johnson
  • Jeffrey Johnson
  • Susan Lindee
  • John Major
  • Stephen McCluskey
  • Sara Miles
  • Eli Nelson
  • Jim O’Connell
  • Marilyn Ogilvie
  • Ynez O’Neill
  • Louise Palmer
  • Kristin Peterson
  • Gregory Radick
  • Karen Reeds
  • Robert Richards
  • Marc Rothenberg
  • Margaret Schabas
  • Bruce Seely
  • Michael Shank
  • Alan Shapiro
  • Kathleen Sheppard
  • Dana Simmons
  • Gabriela Soto Laveaga
  • David Stump
  • Edna Suárez-Díaz
  • Susan Swanberg
  • Virginia Trimble
  • Elly Truitt
  • Roger Turner
  • Elizabeth Williams

Supporters (up to $50)

  • Pnina Abir-Am
  • Renato Acampora
  • Elizabeth Allison
  • Katharine Anderson
  • Adam Apt
  • Grant Barkley
  • Jean Beetschen
  • Richard Bellon
  • Muriel Blaisdell
  • Patrick Boner
  • Kennard Bork
  • James Brannon
  • Juliana Broad
  • William Brock
  • Joe Burchfield
  • Desiree Capel
  • Stephen Casper
  • Peggy Champlin
  • Yun-Shiung Chang
  • Bella Chiu
  • Hyunseng Choi
  • Deborah Coen
  • Erik Conway
  • Matthew Crawford
  • Alexander Csiszar
  • Helen Anne Curry
  • Paolo Custodi
  • Lucia Dacome
  • Kathryn Davis
  • Sybil de Clark
  • Jean De Groot
  • L de Rooy
  • Rosanna Dent
  • Connemara Doran
  • Richard Duschl
  • Amy Fisher
  • Andrew Fiss
  • Yulia Frumer
  • Catharine Gere
  • Tina Gianquitto
  • Daniel Goldstein
  • Ruth Goldstein
  • Pamela Long
  • Mott Greene
  • Anita Guerrini
  • Evelynn Hammonds
  • Gary Hardcastle
  • Kit Heintzman
  • Florence Hsia
  • Alexander Hui
  • Kristin Johnson
  • David Kaiser
  • Meegan Kennedy
  • Yoshiyuki Kikuchi
  • Sally Gregory Kohstedt
  • Ramunas Kondratas
  • Julia Kursell
  • Bruce Larson
  • Janet Latham
  • Adrianna Link
  • Annette Lukknes
  • Kate Maccord
  • Paige Madison
  • Anna Maerker
  • Julia Marino
  • Sean Martinez
  • Michael McGovern
  • Mary Richie McGuire
  • Carolyn Merchant
  • Martin Monroe
  • Georgina Montgomery
  • Mary Morgan
  • Samantha Muka
  • Edmond Murad
  • Allan Needell
  • Tsunehiko Nomura
  • Tara Nummedal
  • Larry Owens
  • John Parascandola
  • Marissa Petrou
  • Sarah Pickman
  • Barbara Pohl
  • Evan Ragland
  • Karen Randall
  • Josh Reid
  • Andrew Reynolds
  • Linda Richards
  • Marsha Richmond
  • Robin Rider
  • Peder Roberts
  • Julia E. Rodriguez
  • Helen Rozwadowski
  • Claire Sabel
  • Neeraja Sankara
  • Helga Satzinger
  • Robin Scheffler
  • Margaret Schotte
  • Vera Schwach
  • Jole Shackelford
  • Jonathan Shafer
  • Ann Shteir
  • Nancy Slack
  • Barbara Smith
  • Samuel Snodgrass
  • Michael Sokal
  • David Spanagel
  • Scott Spear
  • Alistair Sponsel
  • Richard Staley
  • Ida Stamhuis
  • Jeff Steck
  • James Summer
  • Mary Terrall
  • Jenna Tonn
  • Brigitte Van Tiggelen
  • Conevery Valencius
  • Christine Von Oertzen
  • Maia Weinstock
  • Stephen Weldon
  • Peter Westwick
  • Paul White
  • J’Nese Williams
  • Nicholas Williams
  • Charles W. Withers
  • Nasser Zakariya
  • Anya Zilberstein

Joy Connolly Appointed President of the American Council of Learned Societies

The Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies has named Joy Connolly as the Council’s 12th President, succeeding Pauline Yu, who will be retiring in June 2019 after 16 years as president. The appointment is effective July 1, 2019.

Connolly currently serves as Interim President and Distinguished Professor of Classics at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY). She has served as Provost and Senior Vice President of The Graduate Center and as Dean for the Humanities at New York University. An eminent scholar of Greek and Roman literature and political thought, she also studies their transformation in the modern era. At CUNY, Connolly has emphasized The Graduate Center’s commitment to innovative education and the pursuit and circulation of knowledge for the public good.

“In choosing the president to lead ACLS into its second century, we sought a scholar and leader who would speak to how the humanities matter urgently for humanity, linking our past with the present, guiding us toward our shared future,” said William C. Kirby, chair of the ACLS Board of Directors. “In Joy Connolly, we have found not only a scholar of the first rank who has led important institutions of higher learning but also someone—to use her words—’who grasps the complex processes involved in making the judgments we make as citizens.’ Her passion for the wide and deep centrality of understanding our cultures, our languages, our norms, and our mores is evident in her active life as a teacher and as a leader.”

Nicola Courtright, vice chair of the ACLS board, added, “Joy Connolly, who cares deeply about people engaged in learning from every background and station in life, brings the rich capacity of the humanities to bear upon vital educational issues of our time.” The Presidential Search Committee was co-chaired by Kirby and Courtright and included ACLS Directors James Grossman, Michele Moody-Adams, Carl Pforzheimer, Elaine Sisman, and ACLS Grants Officer and Budget Analyst Kelly Buttermore. Shelly Storbeck of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP assisted in the search.

Connolly has brought The Graduate Center to the forefront of innovation in graduate education through a number of initiatives. Earlier this year, she secured $2.27 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to transform doctoral education. One of the projects the grant is funding is an ambitious PublicsLab, which will coordinate and amplify the public-facing scholarship of GC students and faculty. She has served on the board of an ACLS member society (the Society for Classical Studies) as well on the board of The Journal of the History of Ideas.

“Research in the humanities and social sciences,” noted Connolly, “sustains the knowledge and capacities necessary to maintain a robust and ever more inclusive democracy. I am honored and thrilled at the prospect of leading the American Council of Learned Societies, which supports outstanding work in these fields. Building on Pauline Yu’s success, I look forward to advancing ACLS’s mission to advocate for the value of research among diverse publics, to make more resources available to scholars, and to work with ACLS’s over 70 member organizations on the complex challenges that face us today as scholars, teachers, and citizens.”

“It’s been an unbelievable privilege for me to be able to work with our superb staff and valuable partners over the past many years,” noted Pauline Yu, president of ACLS for 16 years, “and I’m thrilled to welcome Joy to the presidency. She’s an accomplished scholar with an already impressive record of leadership. She’s deeply committed to our mission of advancing humanistic studies and possesses the energy, open mind, and creativity necessary to confront what lies ahead. She’s the perfect choice to take ACLS into its next century.”

“ACLS plays a central role in advancing the humanities in America, with its deep relationships with scholarly societies and its extraordinary network of scholars that support the Council’s work, in the academy and beyond university walls,” noted Mariet Westermann, Executive Vice President of Program and Research at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “With great admiration for Joy’s vision and determination, in her previous positions we have supported her efforts to connect humanistic scholarship with contemporary societal challenges, and her advocacy of partnerships between community colleges and universities that expand access to liberal arts education. We are simply delighted that we will be able to continue to work with her as she leads ACLS into its second century.”

James J. O’Donnell, University Librarian and Arizona State University and former chair of the ACLS board noted, “Joy Connolly has shown that the best scholarship can be the foundation for engaged, inclusive, and passionate leadership. With her at the helm, ACLS will further broaden and strengthen its support for scholars while making scholars’ contributions heard and seen in the critical debates of our time.”

Connolly earned an A.B. (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Classical Studies. After serving as an assistant professor of classics at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Stanford University, she joined the classics department at New York University, where she reached the rank of full professor. At NYU, she served as director of the College Core Curriculum, a comprehensive arts and sciences program required for most NYU undergraduates, and then as dean for humanities, where she oversaw nearly 400 faculty members in over 30 departments and research institutes.

A holder of fellowships at the Center for Human Values at Princeton and the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, Connolly is the author or editor of three books, over 30 articles, and nearly 40 book reviews. She serves on multiple editorial boards, including The Journal for the History of Ideas, and she has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Times Literary Supplement, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum and The Nation.

Kirby, expressed the Council’s profound appreciation for Pauline Yu’s 16 years of service: “During Pauline’s tenure, ACLS more than doubled the number of research fellowships it awards, tripled the dollar value of awards to scholars, and increased its endowment by 110 percent. Under Pauline’s leadership, ACLS initiated programs that reach scholars around the world and across the realms of academic disciplines, deepened the public’s engagement with scholarship, and established directions for its next century of service to the academy and society. The ACLS board thanks her on behalf of the constellation of scholars, teachers, and—not the least—students who have benefited from her passion to champion and support innovation and scholarship in the humanities.”

About ACLS

Formed a century ago, ACLS is a nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.