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Margaret W. Rossiter




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Margaret W. Rossiter

Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History of Science
Department of Science & Technology Studies

phone: 607-255-2545
room: 306 Morrill Hall

On Leave Fall 2016


  • Ph.D., Yale University

  • M.Phil., Yale University

  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • A.B., Radcliffe College

Graduate Fields:

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

Awards and Distinctions:

MacArthur Prize Fellowship, 1989-1994

Research Interests

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.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Fall 2014 - (STS 2331) Agriculture, History, and Society:  From Squanto to BiotechnologyMWF: 12:20-1:10, 3 Credits
  • Fall 2014 - (STS 4221) New York WomenT: 12:20-2:15, 4 Credits
  • Spring 2014 - (STS 4331) Global History of Science & TechnologyT: 12:20-2:15, 4 Credits
  • Spring 2014- (STS 4441) Historical Issues of Gender and ScienceW: 12:20-2:15, 4 Credits
  • Fall 2013 - (STS 2331) Agriculture, History, and Society: From Squanto to Biotechnology MWF: 12:20-1:10, 3 Credits
  • Fall 2013 - (STS 4321) Lives of Scientists and EngineersT: 12:20-2:15, 4 Credits

  • Selected Publications

  • 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.