Graduate Alumni

Abrams, Ellen 
Dissertation Title: "Making Mathematics American: Gender, Professionalization, and Abstraction During the Growth of Mathematics in the United States, 1890-1945" (2020)
Current Location: Assistant Professor, Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto.

Alatout, Samer 
Dissertation Title: "Imagining Hydrological Boundaries, Constructing the Nation-State: A 'Fluid' History of Israel, 1936-1959" (2003). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Allison, Steven
Dissertation Title: "Transplanting a rain forest: Natural history research and public exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, 1960-1975" (1995).

Avron, Lisa 
Dissertation Title: "Ethical Oracles: Building Florida’s Climate Changed Futures" (2021). 
Current Location: Sacramento, California.

Berkowitz, Carin 
Dissertation Title: "Medical Science as Pedagogy in Early Nineteenth-century Britain: Charles Bell and the Politics of London Medical Reform" (2010). 
Current Location: Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Boczkowski, Pablo
Dissertation Title: "Affording Flexibility: Transforming Information Practices in Online Newspapers" (2001). 
Current Location: Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Director, Program in Media, Technology and Society, Northwestern University.

Boyce, Angie
Dissertation Title:  "Fast But Right:  Outbreak Surveillance and Foodborne Knowledge Infrastructure" (2014)
Current Location: Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Dept. of State, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.

Carbon, Lawrence
Dissertation Title: "Who Will Speak for Animals? Expertise and Advocacy in Animal Welfare Policy"
Current Location: Veterinary Animal Welfare and Ethics Specialist, San Francisco, CA

Caruso, David 
Dissertation Title: "War and Knowledge Production: American Military Medicine, 1898 to 1918" (2008). 
Current Location: Director, The Center for Oral History, Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Cheung, Shoan Yin 
Dissertation Title: “The Contraceptive Economy: Going into Labor with Birth Control in Precarious Japan” (2020). 
Current Location: Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Chiu, Imes 
Dissertation Title: "When New Things Were Old: Three Case Studies on the Transition from Muscle to Motor Power" (2006). 
Current Location: USACE-Engineering Research Development Center & Georgetown University. 

Cole, Simon
Dissertation Title: "Manufacturing Identity: A History of Criminal Identification Techniques from Photography through Fingerprinting" (1998).
Current Location: Professor, Department of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine.

Costa, Shelley
Dissertation Title: "The Ladies' Diary: Society, Gender and Mathematics in England, 1704-1754" (2000). 
Current Location: Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Swarthmore College. 

Daemmrich, Arthur
Dissertation Title: "Therapeutic Cultures: Pharmaceutical Regulation and Medical Politics in the United States and Germany" (2002). 
Current Location: Director, Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.

David, Shay
Dissertation Title: "Open Systems in Practice and Theory: The Social Construction of Participatory Information Networks" (2008). 
Current Location: Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman,; Board Member, Kaltura.

de Ridder-Vignone, Kathryn
Dissertation Title: "Democratizing Nanotechnology: The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and the Meaning of Civic Education" (2013).
Current Location: Chair of the Faculty and English Instructor, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.

Doing, Park
Dissertation Title: "Velvet Revolutions: Accounting for Epistemic and Political Change at a Modern Physics Laboratory amid the Second Rise of Biology in Synchrotron Science" (2003). 
Current Location: Lecturer, Bovay Program in Engineering Ethics, Cornell University.

Dorsey, Julie
Dissertation Title: "Computer Graphics Techniques for Opera Lighting Design and Simulation" (1993).
Current Location: Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Computer Science at Yale University.

Downer, John 
Dissertation Title: "The Burden of Proof: Regulating Reliability in Civil Aviation" (2006). 
Current Location: Senior Lecturer in Risk and Resilience, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK.

Dreicer, Gregory
Dissertation Title: "The Long Span: Intercultural Exchange in Building Technology: Development and Industrialization of the Framed Beam in Western Europe and the United States, 1820-1870" (1993).
Current Location: Lead Science Writer, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.

Dunbar-Hester, Christina
Dissertation Title: "Propagating Community, Propagating Technology? Low-Power Radio Activism and Technological Negotiation in the U.S., 1996-2006" (2008). 
Current location: Associate Professor, School for Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg.

Fouche, Rayvon
Dissertation Title: "The Dark Side of Technology: Black Inventors, their Inventions, and the African-American Community, 1875-1925" (1997).
Current Location: Professor of American Studies, Purdue University; Division Director, Social and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation.

Geltzer, Anna
Dissertation Title: “Surrogate Epistemology: the Transition from Soviet to Russian Biomedicine" (2012). 
Current Location: Assistant Director for Education, John J. Reilly Center, University of Notre Dame.

Glabau, Danya
Dissertation Title: "Morality in Action: Risking Death and Caring for Life in American Food Allergy Worlds" (2016).
Current Location: Industry Assistant Professor, Director of Science and Technology Studies (STS), NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Founder, Implosion Labs, LLC.

Greenberg, Joshua 
Dissertation Title: "From Betamax to Blockbuster: Mediation in the Consumption Junction" (2004). 
Current Location: Program Director, Digital Information Technology Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Halfon, Saul
Dissertation Title: "Reconstructing Population Policy After Cairo: Demography, Woman's Empowerment, and the Population" (2000). 
Current Location: Chair, Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Tech.

Hesselbein, Christopher
Dissertation Title: "Wearing High Heels: Femininity, Embodiment, and Sociomateriality" (2021).
Current Location: Assistant Professor, Department of Management Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Hsu, Hansen
Dissertation Title:  "The Appsmiths:  Community, Identity, Affect and Ideology Among Cocoa Developers from NeXT to iPhone" (2015).
Current Location: Curator, Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum

Khatib, Ghassan
Dissertation Title: "Change of Phase: The Transformation of Nineteenth-century Thermodynamics: Josiah Willard Gibbs (1873-1878)" (1992).

Kim, Yooshin
Dissertation Title: "Explanation and Causation" (1995).

Kusiak, Pauline
Dissertation Title: "The Machine that "Makes the Inside Visible": Medical Instruments, Mentalities-Talk, and the Politics of Technology in Colonial and Postcolonial Senegal" (2005). 
Current Location: Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy - SOLIC&IC/Stability Operations Capabilities.

Lehner, Lisa
Dissertation Title: "The Liminal Cure: Living with Hepatitis C, its Treatment, and the Welfare State in Austria" (2023).
Current Location: Postdoctoral Researcher and Project CO-PI at the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Lezaun, Javier 
Dissertation Title: "Policing Purity: Testing, Traceability, and the Governance of Genetically Modified Organisms" (2004). 
Current Location: Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS).

Lin, Ling-Fei
Dissertation Title:  "The Dynamics of Design-Manufacturing Laptops:  How Taiwanese Contract Manufacturers Matter in the History of Laptop Production" (2015).
Current Location:  Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University.

Lindee, M. Susan
Dissertation Title: "Mutation, Radiation and Species Survival: The Genetics Studies of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan" (1990).
Current Location: Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science, Department Chair, University of Pennsylvania.

Liu, Sheng-Yu
Dissertation Title: "From Working Scientist to Philosopher-Scientist: The Origin of the General Theory of Relativity and its Epistemological Influence upon Albert Einstein" (1994).

Livesay, David
Dissertation Title: "A New Approach to Teaching General and Introductory Biology" (1991).

Lumumba-Kasongo, Enongo 
Dissertation Title: "Radical Musicking along the Boundaries of Professional Audition: A Comparative Study on The Politics of Community Recording Studios" (2019).
Current Location: Mellon Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music, Brown University; Member of the Steering Committee for the Science and Technology Studies Program at Brown University.

Lynch, William
Dissertation Title: "Method in the Early Royal Society of London" (1996).
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of History, Wayne State University

Ma, EunJeong 
Dissertation Title: "Medicine in the Making in Postcolonial Korea, 1948-2006" (2008). 
Current Location: Collegiate Assistant Professor, Pohang University of Science & Technology, Korea.

Maerker, Anna
Dissertation Title: "Model Experts: The Production and Uses of Anatomical Models at La Specola, Florence, and the Josephinum, Vienna, 1775-1814" (2005). 
Current Location: Reader, History of Medicine, King's College London. 

Mahajan, Manjari 
Dissertation Title: "The Politics of Public Health Emergencies: AIDS Epidemics in India and South Africa" (2008). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Graduate Program in International Affairs; Starr Professor; Co-Director of the India-China Institute, The New School, NY.

Marquez, Victor
Dissertation Title: "Airports as Seen Through the Eyes of the Landslide-Airside Boundary" (2013).
Current Location: Principal, Victor Marquez Arquitectos SC, Mexico.

Marshall, Owen
Dissertation Title: "Tuning In Situ: Articulations of Voice, Affect, and Artifact in the Recording Studio" (2017).
Current Location:  Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University.

Martin, Aryn 
Dissertation Title: "I Contain Multitudes": Chimeras, Cells and the Materialization of Identities" (2006). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University (Toronto).

Mathias, Jeffrey
Dissertation Title: "An Empire of Solitude: Isolation and the Cold War Sciences of Mind" (2023).
Mody, Cyrus
Dissertation Title: "Crafting the Tools of Knowledge: The Invention, Spread, and Commercialization of Probe Microscopy, 1960-2000" (2004). 
Current Location: Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Director, Maastricht University STS program.

Mohsin, Anto
Dissertation:  "Archipelagic Networks of Power:  Village Electrification, Politics, Ideology, and Dual National Identity in Indonesia (1966-1998)" (2015).
Current Location:  Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts Department, Northwestern University in Qatar.

Moon, Suzanne 
Dissertation Title: "Constructing 'Native Development': Technological Change and the Politics of Colonization in the Netherlands East Indies" (2000). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, University of Oklahoma. 

Naveh-Benjamin, Ilil
Dissertation Title: "Half-Hearted Auditors: Bureaucratic Order and Disorder in Humanitarian Aid" (2016).
Current Location: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University.

Nelson, Nicole
Dissertation Title: "Capturing Complexity: Experimental Systems and Epistemic Scaffolds in Animal Behavior Genetics" (2011). 
Current Location: Associate Professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Onaga, Lisa
Dissertation Title: "Silkworms, Science and Nation: A Sericultural History of Genetics in Modern Japan" (2012). 
Current Location: Senior Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Parthasarathy, Shobita
Dissertation Title: "A Global Genome? Comparing the Development of Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer in the United States and Britain" (2003). 
Current Location: Professor of Public Policy; Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy program; Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Michigan.

Paton, Miranda 
Dissertation Title: "Vertebrate Paleontology and the Evolutionary Synthesis, 1894-1944" (2008). 
Current Location: Principal and Horse Trainer, Marsh Creek Horsemanship, Oregon.

Petrina, Ecaterina
Dissertation Title: "The Impact of the Rockefeller Foundation on Romanian Scientific Development" (1997).

Philip, Kavita 
Dissertation Title: “The Role of Science in Colonial Discourses and Practices of Modernity: Anthropology, Forestry, and the Construction of Nature's Resources in Madras Forests, 1858-1930” (1996). 
Current Location: Professor of English and President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia.

Plafcan, Dan 
Dissertation Title: "Between State and Transnational Community: U.S.-Japan Technoscientific Diplomacy in Earth Observation" (2007). 
Current Location: Policy Analyst and Portfolio Manager for Socio-Cultural Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, US Government. 

Polk, Jessica
Dissertation Title: "Making Healthy Employees: Transforming Workplaces into Healthy Spaces" (2019).
Current Location: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University

Prescott, Heather
Dissertation Title: "A Doctor of Their Own: The Emergence of Adolescent Medicine as a Clinical Sub-Specialty, 1904-1980" (1992).
Current Location: Professor Emerita of History at Central Connecticut State University

Reardon, Jenny
Dissertation Title: "Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genetics" (2002). 
Current Location: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Rogers, Hannah
Dissertation Title: "The Practices of Art and Science" (2012).
Current Location: Visiting Scholar, Science Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

Saul, Jessie 
Dissertation Title: "The Tainted Gift: A Comparative Study of the Culture and Politics of the Contamination of the Blood Supply with the AIDS Virus in France and the United States" (2005). 
Current Location: President & CEO, North American Research & Analysis, Inc.

Schmid, Sonja
Dissertation Title: "Envisioning a Technological State: Reactor Design Choices and Political Legitimacy in the Soviet Union and Russia" (2005). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Tech. 

Sharif, Naubahar 
Dissertation Title: "Emergence of the National Innovation Systems Conceptual Approach and its Application to Hong Kong" (2005). 
Current Location: Acting Head and Professor, Division of Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Shuldiner, Alec 
Dissertation Title: "Trapped Behind the Automat: Technological Systems and the American Restaurant, 1902-1991" (2001). 
Current Location: Data Ethics Lead, Autodesk.

Singh, Ranjit 
Dissertation Title: "Seeing Like an Infrastructure: Mapping Uneven State-Citizen Relations in Aadhaar-Enabled Digital India" (2020).
Current Location: Researcher, AI Ground Initiative, Data & Society Research Institute.

Sismondo, Sergio
Dissertation Title: "Social Knowledge: Realism, Constructivism, and the Politics of Science" (1993).
Current Location: Professor, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, ON, CAN

Staiti, Alana 
Dissertation Title: "What's in a Model? A History of Human Modeling for Computer Graphics and Animation, 1961-1988" (2018).
Current Location: Research and Organizing Manager at Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

Steen, Tomoko
Dissertation Title: "Tomoko Ohta and the Nearly Neutral Theories: The Role of a Female Geneticist in the Neutralist-Selectionist Controversy" (1996).
Current Location: Director of the Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy M.Sc. program at Georgetown University, and a faculty member at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Georgetown University Medical Center).

Takacs, David
Dissertation Title: "Finding Meaning in Biodiversity" (1994).
Current Location: Professor, UC Hastings Law, San Francisco

Thompson, Darla
Dissertation Title: "Circuits of Containment: Iron Collars, Incarceration and the Infrastructure of Slavery" (2014).
Current Location: Project Director, SEA Change, Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tinn, Honghong
Dissertation Title: "Working With Computers, Constructing A Developing Country: Introducing, Using, Building, and Tinkering With Computers In Cold War Taiwan, 1959-1984" (2012).
Current Location: Assistant Professor, program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Tolwinski, Kasia
​Dissertation Title: "Under the Skin and into the Social: Examining the Neuroscience of Social Problems and Inequality​" (2017).
​Current Location: Postdoctoral Researcher, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Social Studies of Medicine Department, McGill University.

Vaughan, Tyson
Dissertation Title: "Reconstructing Communities: Participatory Recovery Planning in Post‐Disaster Japan" (2014).
Current Location:  Sociologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, VA. 

Vertesi, Janet 
Dissertation Title: "'Seeing Like a Rover': Images in Interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission" (2009). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Princeton University.

Voskuhl, Adelheid 
Dissertation Title: "The Mechanics of Sentiment: Music-Playing Women Automata and the Culture of Affect in Late Eighteenth-Century Europe" (2007). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, Department of History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.

Walker, Alexis
Dissertation Title: "Valuing Life at the Bank: Contested Expertise, Racial Politics and Development Bank Interventions in Global Public Health" (2017).
Current Location: Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, School of Medicine, Columbia University.

Wang, Benjamin
Dissertation Title: "Contaminated Landscapes: Explosive Remnants of War in Sudan" (2013).
Current Location: Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC.

Weidman, Nadine
Dissertation Title: "Of Rats and Men: Karl Lashley and American Psychology, 1912-1955" (1994).
Current Location: Lecturer on the History of Science, Harvard University.

Wetmore, Jameson 
Dissertation Title: "Systems of Restraint: Redistributing Responsibilities for Automobile Safety in the United States Since the 1960s" (2003). 
Current Location: Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University.

Wittlin, William ("Bill")

Deceased, January 9, 2020, after a career as a practicing psychiatrist.  Read the obituary at

Dissertation Title: "Deinstitutionalization of the Homeless Patient with Chronic Schizophrenia
Implications for Treatment and Training" (1997).