Stephen P. Weldon

Assistant Professor and Isis Bibliographer

B.A., Science, Technology, and Society, Cornell University, 1985Stephen P. Weldon
M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990 
Ph.D., History of Science and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

My work includes studying the historical interaction of science and religion, the politics of science and technology, and psychology and the behavioral sciences in 20th-century America. I also have an interest in science in non-Western, especially East Asian, contexts. I have published various articles on the relation of science to Secular Humanism, Deism, and modern Judaism, as well as on the role of postmodernism and social construction in science-religion studies. I am currently working on a project entitled Science and Secular Humanism, A Cultural History: How American Democracy Has Mediated the Science-Religion Dialog.

I am also the editor of the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, which is published by the History of Science Society. In this capacity, I oversee two graduate students in the Department of History of Science. The Isis Bibliography, published annually, surveys literature worldwide, and indexes and classifies about 4,000 items each year. I am also involved with a related project, World History of Science Online, a project of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science and Technology; from 2007 through 2011, I was Chair of the WHSO Governing Board.


 Isis Current Bibliography vol. 93 

“‘La classification des sciences n’a jamais cessé d’évoluer’: A Century of Effort at Putting Science in Its Place,” pp. 307-328, in Ana M. Alfonso-Goldfarb et al., eds. Centenário Simão Mathias: Documentos, Métodos e Identidade da História da Ciência (São Paulo: PUC-SP; Imprensa Oficial, 2009).

“The Isis Bibliography from Its Origins to the Present Day: One Hundred Years of Evolution of a Classification System” Circumscribere 6 (2009): 26-46.

“American Jews and the Ideology of Modern Science,” 745-747, in Stephen H. Norwood and Eunice G. Pollack, eds., Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, vol. 2 (ABC-CLIO, 2007).

“Humanism, Secular, U.S.” Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2004)
“Postmodernism” and “Social Construction.” Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction. Ed. Gary B. Ferngren. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2002. (Republication of two articles that appeared in 2000. Both contain new introductions.)


 Isis Current Bibliography vol. 93 (2002) – vol. 101 (2010)