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Tenure Track Position in the History of Science

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 of science, to begin July 1, 2016. In addition to contributing to the graduate program, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in the Science, Technology, and Society Program, a thriving undergraduate major administered through the department.

Welcome to Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor

The Department welcomes Ramah McKay as our new assistant professor. 

New graduate students

Welcome to our new graduate students who will be joining us in Fall 2015!

Ikenna Achilihu
Sumiko Hatakeyama
Sara Meloni

Heidi Voskuhl on Wisconsin Public Radio

Listen to Heidi Voskuhl's interview about her book, Androids in the Enlightenment, on Wisconsin Public Radio:

And if you'd like to hear the whole show:


Washington Center for Equitable Growth/Working Group on the History of Technology

Dr. Jonathan Moreno has helped start a history of technology project at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to create a continuing role for historians in public policy.

Department faculty Heidi Voskuhl and PhD alum Chris Jones (Arizona State) are among the participants. 

Dr. Aronowitz's new book!

Risky Medicine: Our Quest to Cure Fear and Uncertainty by Dr. Robert Aronowitz has just been published by University of Chicago Press.  LINK

Chris Jones, HSS PhD Alum, wins best book prize from Society for the History of Technology

Christopher F. Jones (HSS PhD 2009) was awarded the 2015 Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) at its annual meeting in October.  Chris' book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2015) breaks new ground by examining the transmission of energy as a significant factor in both environmental and technological change, rather than the traditional focus on either energy sources or consumption.

Heidi Voskuhl speaks at the Wagner Institute

Dr. Heidi Voskuhl, along with Youngmoo Kim from Drexel University, spoke at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on October 28th.  They gave an illustrated presentation called "Dancing With Droids."


Marissa Mika Dissertation Defense

On September 24th, Marissa Mika defended her dissertation,
"Research is Our Resource: Surviving Experiments and Politics at an African Cancer Institute," which is a historical-ethnography of a cancer hospital in Uganda.