About Us

AmericanScience began as "News and Views," with the sponsorship of the Forum for the History of Science in America (FHSA), an interest group within the History of Science Society. Now a team blog, AmericanScience features posts contributed by four early-career historians of science, as follows:

Dan Bouk (Dan) is an assistant professor of history at Colgate University. He got into this business so that he could teach US cultural and intellectual history to excitable youths, and that's what he does. His manuscript-in-progress on the statistical endeavors of the American life insurance industry goes by the title, How Our Days Became Numbered:, with a post-colon bit that seems ever in flux. He serves double duty on this blog as a contributor and as the editor for the Forum for the History of Science in America. That means he gets to serve as the Forum's mouthpiece from time to time, but is otherwise his very own mouthpiece.

Henry Cowles (Hank) is a PhD candidate in History/History of Science at Princeton, where he's in the early stages of a dissertation on debates over "scientific method" amongst psychologists, philosophers, and other (mostly American) figures in the decades around 1900. Beyond this, he's likely to focus his posts on the engagement of science with the public and the emerging field of the "historiography of the present" (read: HOS gossip).

Helen Anne Curry (Helen) is a lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. At the moment she is writing a book on genetic technologies and their uses in American agriculture. This keeps her attuned especially to the histories of biology and biotechnology, agriculture, and environment -- the general topics she's likely to return to often on the blog.

Joanna Radin (Joanna) is Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine at Yale University. She's working on a book, tentatively titled Life on Ice: Frozen Blood and Biological Variation in a Genomic Age. The way in which this project draws attention to the role of freezers in supporting blood as a scientific resource has led her to think a lot about "histories of the future" (which is not so much filled with gossip as sci-fi). Expect posts on history of biology and genetics, anthropology, ecology, and cryobiology.

Lukas Rieppel (Lukas) is an Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.  He is currently working on a book about dinosaurs and the culture of capitalism during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, tentatively entitled Assembling the Dinosaur: Science, Museums, and American Capitalism, 1877-1930.

Lee Vinsel (Lee) is a postdoc at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology, and Society and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His book manuscript, Governing the American Machine: Cars, Risks, and Regulations, uses the history of automobile regulation to examine the history of governance, capitalism, technological change, and the construction of the subject—you know, the little themes. When not reading HOS(T) gossip and sci-fi, he likes to talk about science, technology, and the end of the world.

We hope you'll follow along as we explore this new means of community-building for historians of science in America, broadly-defined.