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Tenure Track Position in Global Health

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and Sociology of Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the history and sociocultural study of global health, to begin July 1, 2015.  In addition to contributing to the graduate program, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in the Health and Societies Program, a thriving interdisciplinary undergraduate major administered through the department.

Thomas P. Hughes 1923-2014

Emeritus Professor Thomas Parke Hughes died on Monday, February 3, 2014, in Charlotteville, Virginia, after a long illness.  He is survived by his partner, Mary Hill Caperton, his children, Agatha Hughes and Luke Hughes, and grandchildren. 

Welcome new faculty: Harun Küçük

The department welcomes new Assistant Professor Harun Küçük!

Dr. Johnson fosters dog through Penn Vet

Penn Current Express has featured Dr. Andria Johnson and her husband Dr. Utsav Schurmans for fostering a three-year old lab that is being trained by the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.  See the story at this link. 

Voskuhl wins Barzun prize from APS

Heidi Voskuhl's book, Androids in the Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2013) was just awarded the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan elected to American Philosophical Society

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor Emerita in this department, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS was founded in 1743 as the country’s first learned society, and past members include Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein.  Link to the story at

Ruth Rand on Radio Times

Doctoral candidate Ruth Rand was recently on WHYY's show, "Radio Times," along with astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, talking about space junk.  Follow this link to hear the show.

HSOC Senior gets Philly Fellowship

Gina Orlando '14 will be a Philly Fellow for the 2014-2015 year!

Peter Collopy wins Teaching Fellowship

Peter Collopy is a recipient of a Fellowship for Teaching Excellence from Penn's Center for Teaching and Learning for 2014-15!

Mia Garuccio wins Stephen Wise prize

Mia Garuccio, HSOC '14, has won one of the undergraduate leadership awards, the Stephen Wise prize.