Lecturer, STSC

Director, Center for Historical Research, Science History Institute


Ph.D. Cornell University
M.A. Cornell University
B.A. Johns Hopkins University

Carin Berkowitz is broadly interested in the intersections of science and medicine in the late Enlightenment and early 19th century and in the place of pedagogy in the medical and life sciences.

She was the recipient of the American Association for the History of Medicine’s 2010 Shryock Medal and has published extensively on politics and pedagogy and on images and objects in 19th-century anatomy, including a 2015 book Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform, published by the University of Chicago Press.  Berkowitz is also the coeditor of a special issue of Bulletin of the History of Medicine on images and objects in the history of anatomy, and is the coeditor with Bernard Lightman of the book Science Museums in Transition(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), in which she also has a chapter. She is now beginning a second book project, this one on changing styles of visualization, research, and training among illustrated folios and textbooks in the life sciences of the 18th and 19th centuries.

As director of the Center for Historical Research, Berkowitz works with Beckman Center fellows and Philadelphia-area historians of science to develop the Science History Institute as a center for independent research and scholarly community and to build connections between the fellowship community and a broader public. She has served as the cofounder and copresident of the HSS at Work caucus, as an elected member of the History of Science Society’s Council (2015–2017), and as an elected member of the American Historical Association’s nominating committee (2017–2020).


Selected Work


Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Coeditor with Bernard Lightman, Science Museums in Transition: Anglo-American Cultures of Display in the Nineteenth Century(Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

Refereed Journal Articles

Introduction to the Forum, “Beyond Illustrations: Doing Anatomy with Images and Objects,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 89 (Summer 2015): 165–170.

The Illustrious Anatomist: Authorship, Patronage, and Illustrative Style in Anatomy Folios, 1700–1840," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Forum, “Beyond Illustrations: Doing Anatomy with Images and Objects,” 89 (Summer 2015): 171–208.

Charles Bell’s Seeing Hand: Teaching Anatomy to the Senses in Britain, 1750–1840,” History of Science, 52 (December 2014): 377–400.

Systems of Display: The Making of Anatomical Knowledge in Enlightenment Britain,” British Journal for the History of Science 46:3 (September 2013): 359–387.

The Beauty of Anatomy: Visual Displays and Surgical Education in Early Nineteenth-Century London,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 85:2 (Summer 2011): 248–271.


Courses Taught

STSC 318 - Experiment in the Modern Life Sciences 

STSC 408 - Depicting Data and Picturing Nature

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