Welcome to the Department of History and Sociology of Science, with forty-plus years history of accomplishment at the University of Pennsylvania. Our faculty uses the tools of the humanities and social sciences to study science, technology, medicine, and the environment.
Through a broad range of scholarly projects, faculty research examines and elucidates the relations between the technical practice of scientists, engineers, medical researchers, and clinicians, and the material, social, political and cultural context in which those practices occur. Our long-running Monday Workshop provides a forum for the newest work of scholars in our disciplines. Interdisciplinary study, faculty-student interaction, and individual mentoring characterize both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
Our graduate program thrives due to current graduate students and also a distinguished group of alumni who are leading scholars and professionals. Recent graduates enjoy success in the job market. The Department's interdisciplinary commitment continues through two undergraduate majors: Science, Technology and Society (STSC) and Health and Societies (HSOC). Our students also enjoy the talents and research of associated faculty from across the university. Alumni in a wide array of positions and institutions provide a supportive network for undergraduates.
Claudia Cohen Hall, home of the Department
Chair: Robert Aronowitz
Graduate Chair: Beth Linker
Science, Technology & Society Chair: Adelheid Voskuhl
Health & Societies Director: David Barnes
Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies: Ann Greene