Dissertations in Progress/Completed
Dissertations in Progress
Meridith Beck Sayre, "The Process of Conversion: How the Jesuit Relations were transformed from a religious to a scientific object." Advisor: Florence Hsia.
Jocelyn Bosley, "Sex/Life: Biology and the Epistemology of Sex, 1781-1859." Advisor: Lynn Nyhart.
Bridget Collins, "From Cradle to Grave: Infectious Disease in the 20th-Century American Home." Advisor: Judith Walzer Leavitt.
Dana Freiburger, "The Place of Science in Nineteenth-Century American Catholic Higher Education." Advisor: Ronald Numbers.
Dan Liu, "Molecules in Biology Before Molecular Biology, 1920-1950." Advisor: Lynn Nyhart.
Bradley Moore, "Healthy Comrades: Hygiene and the Pursuit of a Communist Modernity in Czechoslovakia." Advisors: Richard Keller and David M. McDonald (History).
G. Blair Nelson, "The Science of the Unity and Antiquity of Humans in the American Religious Press, 1840-1880." Advisor: Ronald Numbers.
Scott Prinster, "Reading the Bible Scientifically: Science and the Rise of Modern Biblical Criticism in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century America." Advisor: Ronald Numbers.
Peter Susalla, "From Philosophy to 'Science:' A Cultural and Disciplinary History of Cosmology in the Twentieth Century." Advisor: Richard Staley.
Scott Trigg, "Late Medieval Arabic Astronomy: Commentaries on al-Tusi's 'Tadhkira'." Advisors: Michael Shank and Michael Chamberlain (History).
Anna Zeide, "Canned American: Food, Consumers, and Scientific Expertise in the Twentieth Century." Advisor: Gregg Mitman.
Recently Completed Dissertations
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Megan Raby, "Making Biology Tropical: American Science in the Caribbean, 1898-1963." Advisor: Gregg Mitman. (2012)
Amrys O. Williams, "Cultivating Modern America: 4-H Clubs and Rural Development in the Twentieth Century." Advisor: Gregg Mitman. (2012)
Judith R. H. Kaplan, "Language Science and Orientalism in Imperial Germany." Advisor: Lynn Nyhart. (2012)
Kellen Backer, "World War II and the Triumph of Industrialized Food." Advisors: Eric Schatzberg and Susan Johnson (History). (2012)
Mitch Aso, "Forests without birds: A history of ecology and health on the rubber plantations of French colonial Vietnam, 1858-1954." Advisors: Gregg Mitman and Richard Keller. (2011)
Andrew R. Ruis, "Eating To Learn, Learning To Eat: School Meals And Nutrition Policy in the United States, 1900-1946." Advisor: Judith Walzer Leavitt. (2011)
Withycombe, Shannon K., "Slipped Away: Pregnancy Loss in Nineteenth-Century America." Advisor: Judith A. Houck. (2010)
Gibbs, Frederick William, "Medical Understandings of Poison circa 1250-1600." Advisor: Michael H. Shank. (2009)
Kundert, Joshua Kevin., "Fluid Technologies: Synthetic Fuels, Petroleum, and the American Political Context." Advisor: Eric Schatzberg. (2009)
Lavine, Matthew B., "A Cultural History of Radiation and Radioactivity in America, 1895-1945." Advisor: Richard Staley. (2008)
Wald, Stephen E., "Minds Divided: Science, Spirituality, and the Split Brain in American Thought." Advisor: Ronald L. Numbers. (2008)
Walloch, Karen L., ""A Hot-Bed of the Anti-Vaccine Heresy": Opposition to Compulsory Vaccination in Boston and Cambridge, 1890-1905." Advisor: Judith W. Leavitt. (2007)
Matta, Christina, "The Science of Small Things: The Botanical Context of German Bacteriology, 1830-1910." Advisor: Lynn K. Nyhart. (2007)
Quintero, Camilo, "Trading in Birds: A History of Science, Economy, and Conservation in U.S.-Columbia Relations." Advisor: Gregg Mitman. (2007)
Fine, Evelyn, "Pathways to Practice: Women Physicians in Chicago, 1850-1902." Advisor: Judith W. Leavitt. (2007)
Alvarado, Jesús, "We Welcomed Foreign Fabrics and We Were Left Naked: Cotton Textile Artisans and the First Debates on Free Trade versus National Industry in Mexico (1821-1846)." Advisor: Eric Schatzberg. (2007)
Jentzen, Jeffrey M., "Death Investigation in America: Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty." Advisor: Ronald L. Numbers. (2007)
Freed, Libbie J., "Conduits of Culture and Control: Roads, States, and Users in French Central Africa, 1890-1960." Advisor: Eric Schatzberg. (2006)
Erickson, Paul, "The Politics of Game Theory: Mathematics and Cold War Culture." Advisor: Gregg Mitman. (2006)
Milam, Erika Lorraine, "Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology, 1915-1975." Advisors: Gregg Mitman and Lynn K. Nyhart. (2006)
Ruswick, Brent J., "Almost Progressive: The American Scientific Charity Movement's Reconsideration of Pauperism." Advisor: Victor Hilts. (2006)
Seitz, Jonathan, "Natural or Supernatural? Witchcraft, inquisition and views of nature at the dawn of the Scientific Revolution." Advisor: Michael H. Shank. (2006)
Kinraide, Rebecca Brookfield, "The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and the Democratization of Learning in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain." Advisor: Thomas H. Broman. (2006)
Thurs, Daniel Patrick, "Science in Popular Culture: Contested Meanings and Cultural Authority in America, 1832-1994." Advisor: Ronald L. Numbers. (2004)