Etienne Benson will be an assistant professor in our department. Etienne is currently a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Etienne is a historian who works at the intersection of technology and the environment. His historical research projects include surveillance technologies in wildlife conservation, the politics of environmental protection, and the intersection of urban technological infrastructures and the city as an environment. Etienne received an AB in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard College in 1999 and an MA in psychology from Stanford University in 2001. He spent several years working as a science writer in Washington, DC, before enrolling in MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, where he received his Ph.D. in June 2008. His first book, Wired Wilderness, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010.
Adelheid Voskuhl will be an associate professor in our department. Heidi is currently a fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, on leave from her position as associate professor in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University. Her teaching and research interests include the History and Philosophy of Technology from the early modern to the modern period, Modern European History, and History and Ethics of Engineering. Heidi received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2007, and holds graduate degrees in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University and in Physics from Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg. Her first book, Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self, is slated for release in April 2013 with Chicago University Press.