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Jessica R. Ratcliff

Associate Professor

Morrill Hall


Jessica Ratcliff works on the history of science and technology. She specialises in Britain and its former empire from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Her work so far has explored the historical relationship between forms of science and forms of state, in contexts ranging from technological invention and courtier culture in seventeenth-century England to state patronage of physical sciences in nineteenth-century Travancore. She is particularly interested in studying the connections between science and the state by way of economics and material culture. Her current book project is about data collections and systems of knowledge at the East India Company and the India Office in the nineteenth century.


  • Science and Technology Studies