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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!

New graduate students!

A warm welcome to

Prashant Kumar

Rebecca Mueller

Sara Ray

Alexis Rider

Nicole Welk

Beth Linker writes about the VA crisis for the Boston Globe

Beth Linker's piece in the Boston Globe (7 September 2014) provides a historical perspective on the current problems with the VA. 

"The VA: Trouble from the Start - created to save money, the agency has only ended up illuminating the human cost of war"

New Department Geography

Over the summer people moved into new offices, and some new space was added to the department as well.  Beth Linker has moved into 322, Harun Kucuk has moved into 363, Ann Greene has moved into 391, and we have new undergraduate programming space in the hallway between 391 and 364 and outside 391.


322 -Linker

323 - Barnes

324 - Aronowitz

325 - Benson

326 - Mukharji

327 - Tresch

361 - Voskuhl

362 - Moreno

363 - Kucuk

364 - Lindee

365 - Emeritus

366 - Adams

391 - Greene

STSC alum Brendan McHugh '12 wins in national swimming championships

McHugh, STSC '12, stunned the swimming world Aug. 8, setting a United States Open record with a time of 27.10 seconds and winning the 50-meter breaststroke at the national championships in Irvine, Calif.

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

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!