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Tamar Novick wins Eric Wolf Prize

Tamar Novick has been awarded the Political Ecology Society’s 2015 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper based on dissertation research.  Her article, “Getting their Goat: Disturbing Creatures and Capricious Attempts to Change the East” was aswarded for her use of "substantive archival research to make an innovative contribution to discussions of environment and power."  The paper has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Political Ecology.

The award includes a prize of $500.


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"

David Barnes publishes article in the Journal of the History of Medicine

David Barnes, 'Cargo, “Infection,” and the Logic of Quarantine in the Nineteenth Century,' Journal of the History of Medicine 88.1 (Spring 2014): 75-101.

DOI: 10.1353/bhm.2014.0018

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!

Professor Aronowitz receives Ehrenzeller Award

The Jacob Ehrenzeller Award is given by the Ex-Resident's Association of Pennsylvania Hospital for achievement and service in medicine.  The 2014 Ehrenzeller Award recipient is 

Council for Euorpean Studies recognizes Tresch book

The Council for European Studies  2014 European Studies Book Award competition awarded Honorable Mention to Associate Professor John Tresch for his book The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Recent Publications

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Lisa Ruth Rand, "The Case for Female Astronauts: Reproducing Americans in the Final Frontier," The Appendix 2. 5 (July 2104)