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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.

Congratulations, Dr. Voskuhl!

Congratulations to Dr. Adelheid "Heidi" Voskuhl on getting tenure!

Welcome to Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor

The Department welcomes Ramah McKay as our new assistant professor. 

John Tresch, "Buddhify Your Android"

Associate Professor John Tresch is featured in SAS Frontiers for his current work on how mindfulness apps connect—and disconnect—with their Buddhist roots. 


Dr. Aronowitz featured in Penn Gazette

Dr. Robby Aronowitz is featured in an article in the January/February edition of the Penn Gazette. "Our Labs, Our Health?" discusses his recent book Risky Medicine.

"In Risky Medicine, History and Sociology of Science Professor Robert Aronowitz argues that today’s fixation on diagnosing and managing risk factors rather than treating diseases leads to anxiety and stress, over-diagnosis of conditions and overuse of drugs, and radical treatments that are unnecessary or harmful."

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:


Moreno starts 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.