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Margaret Rossiter

Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History of Science Emerita and Graduate School Professor

Margaret Rossiter

Morrill Hall, Room 306

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • A.B., Radcliffe College



Professor Rossiter's most recent book, Women Scientists in America: Forging a New World Since 1972, was published by  Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012.  A review of her book (by Wendy Toon) can be found in Women's History Review, Vol. 22, No. 6 (2013), pp. 1023-25.


  • Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies


19th and 20th century American science, especially agricultural sciences and women in science.



  • Women Scientists in America: Forging a New World Since 1972.  Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. 
  • Catching Up with the Vision, Essays on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the History of Science Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999, special supplement to Isis, Volume 90. 
  • Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action, 1940-1972.  Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
  • Science at Harvard, 1636-1945, with Clark Elliott, eds.  Bethlehem, PA:  Lehigh University Press, 1992.
  • Historical Writing on American Science, with Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, eds. Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.  Originally published as Osiris, 2nd series, 1, 1985.
  • Women Scientists in America, Struggles and Strategies to 1940.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982; paperback, 1984.
  • The Emergence of Agricultural Science--Justus Liebig and the Americans, 1840-1880.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975.
  • "Centaurus Spotlight: Using the Past to Enhance the Future: Introduction." Centaurus, vol. 54, no. 3, August 2012.
  • "A Twisted Tale: Women in the Physical Sciences in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 5 (Mary Jo Nye, ed.).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 54-71.


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