Brittany Shields

[Brittany Shields]
Doctoral Candidate
Entered 2008
MA, New York University
BA, Miami University
Contact Information
Email Address: 
bshields@sas.upenn.edu
Research Interests: 

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 mathematics can function as an object of - or catalyst to - cultural exchange.  In my dissertation, Placing Mathematics: New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 1934-1972, 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 in the 20th century, spanning the United States, Western Europe and Russia.

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