Brit Shields

Doctoral Candidate
Entered 2008
MA, New York University
BA, Miami University
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I am a historian of science interested in 20th century American history, transnational history and the intersection between science and architecture.  My work studies the manifold ways in which science can function as an object of - and catalyst to - cultural exchange.  In my dissertation, A Mathematical Life: Richard Courant, New York University, and Scientific Diplomacy in Twentieth Century America, I focus on the dynamic relationships between research mathematicians and their peers in the government, military, private foundations and academia, both in the United States and abroad.  An important element of my work is the transnational dimension of the mathematics research community throughout the tumultuous 20th century, spanning the United States, Western Europe and Russia.

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