historians to explore the history of
American science, medicine, and technology here at AmericanScience.
Leah originally hails from snowy upstate New York, but was a denizen of New York City proper for several years before joining the history of science graduate program at Harvard. She is currently in the nascent stages of a dissertation on the history of American biology in the nuclear age. She hopes her project will speak to issues in environmental history, history of science and empire, and animal studies (topics she hopes to cover as a blogger at this site). When not holed up in the library, Leah spends her time looking at art, doing yoga, and trying to find ways to improve her surf skills whilst living on the east coast.
Jenna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. She is interested in the cultural history of biomedicine in the late 20th century, with a focus on reproductive medicine and technologies. Her dissertation explores the connection between teenage pregnancy and delayed childbearing and their relation to changes in the American political and economic landscape. Previous research projects include a history of the American childfree movement of the 1970s, a study of masculinity and testicular injections in late 19th century America, and the history of animal psychology in early 20th century France. Even though she writes about American science, Jenna is a proud Canadian who grew up just north of the Toronto. When not writing, she enjoys dancing, museums, and making puns.
David is a historian of science, technology, and Atlantic capitalism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2014-15 he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, having just received his PhD from MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and STS. His dissertation, “Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930,” showed how the idea that commodities like sugar could be reduced to measurable chemical essences was used by factory owners to delegitimize forms of artisanal and craft knowledge. Its final chapter, which followed allegations of fraud in the New York sugar trade will become the core of a book manuscript about science, commodities, and corruption in nineteenth-century America. His dissertation research in the US, Scotland, and Puerto Rico was supported by the NSF, the Social Science Research Council, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, among others. From time to time, he has been known to race bicycles, and to work on an STS study of doping in professional cycling.