History of modern biology; sex, gender, and biolomedical science; sociology of knowledge; science fiction
I study the ideas, intruments, and institutions that are the basis for scientific research work in biology. My dissertation examines the relationship between the organization of biological research work and the intellectual content of that work in the early 20th century. To that end, I follow the development, growth, and decline of two related research groups, one in population biology and the other in physiology between the First and Second World Wars in the United States. The two groups, Raymond Pearl's Insititue for Biological research at Johns Hopkins, and Lawrence J. Henderson's Fatigue Laboratory at Harvard, worked according to different styles and with different tools, but they both though of themselves as being part of a new field called Human Biology.