Assistant Professor and Isis Bibliographer
B.A., Science, Technology, and Society, Cornell University, 1985
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.