Areas of Interest
The varied visual worlds of photographic & cinematic evidence in the fields of science, law, forensic medicine, news reporting, public trials, and the environment throughout history comprise the work of visual historian Jennifer Tucker.
As an historian of 19th- and early 20th-century art, science and popular visual culture, Tucker’s research interests have ranged from the role of photography in scientific discovery and exploration to photos as tools of law for evidence (mugshots, crime scenes and surveillance) and how cameras in the courtroom have transformed the system. Recently, her work has included a project — “Science Against Industry: Photographic Technologies and the Visual Politics of Pollution Reform” — that traces the historical roots of the use of visual evidence in environmental science and pollution reform, and explores the visual representation in chemical climatology and the presentation of visual exhibits in Victorian courtroom debates over air and river pollution. The author of over 30 articles and book chapters, editor of 3 theme issue journals, and co-editor of a book series and currently co-chair of the Radical History Review journal’s editorial collective, she recently completed the book manuscript for a book about Victorian imposture and photography and is currently completing a new book-length study about the history of facial recognition photography, “Caught on Camera.” Recently she talked to David Serlin about museums and public history during Covid-19 in “Guns, Germs, & History,” published the Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences (Winter 2021).
Tucker’s first book Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science explored the debates about photography and visual objectivity in Victorian science and popular culture from astronomy and meteorology to bacteriology and spiritualism. As a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the UK she completed the research on her second book-length project “Facing Facts: Photography, Popular Culture, and Facial Recognition Identity in Victorian Law.” This study of Victorian identity and imposture in the new age of photography uses hundreds of photographs, engravings, and other visual materials associated with the high-profile trial to show how photographs and their circulation and commentary upon them shaped the meaning of legal decision making – and how caricatures, news illustrations and other artistic responses to the Tichborne Claimant trial contributed to its becoming a landmark case in Victorian society and law. Her latest project is about chemical waste and photography in late Victorian society, discussed in a recent paper, “Dangerous Exposures, published in International Labor and Working Class History. With Jennifer Mnookin, she is producing a Photography and Law Reader, 1839-Present (Bloomsbury, forthcoming) spanning landmark legal cases where photography and law have tangled in UK and US courts, from debates over moral content and obscenity to surveillance to intellectual property to evidence in the courtroom and photographers’ rights to take pictures.
A frequent contributor to newspapers, journals, essay compilations and Connecticut Public Radio, and BBC Radio 3 , Tucker is a recognized expert in photography and law, technologies of vision in Victorian art and science, 19th-century environmental history, and guns in American culture. Some of her writings have been for major newspapers, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, and The Boston Globe. (c.v. with some links below)
Her recent research has brought her to the study of the history, politics, legal history, and visual culture of firearms. The editor of a forthcoming book on history and British and American gun laws, A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Today’s Second Amendment Debate (forthcoming with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2019), she currently talks with museum curators of firearms collections about narrating guns in history. A 2018 roundtable based on her discussions with technology and art museum curators was published in “Display of Arms: A round-table discussion with curators of firearms in historical museums,” in Technology and Culture. Recent talks focus on the long entangled history of photography, cameras and gun violence including, upcoming in summer 2019, “Arming Society with Cameras: The Interlocked Histories of Camera and Gun Manufacture.”
Co-editor of the 2017 Radical History Review theme issue on “Political Histories of Technoscience” and the forthcoming RHR special issue, “Visual Archives of Sex,” Tucker served as editor of a special theme issue of History and Theory on “Photography and Historical Interpretation.” She is a member and current Co-Chair of the Editorial Collective of Radical History Review. She also has served as Image Editor at the journal History and Technology and currently serves as co-book series editor of the “Photography/History;History/Photography” book series published by Bloomsbury Academic Press.
Jennifer Tucker has been a visiting professor at California Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar at the University of York, Australian National University, Clark Art Institute, Yale Center for British Art, the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, Durham University, Birkbeck College, University of London & the University of Trento. Her research has been funded by a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Counsel, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
- Ph.D. History of Science, Medicine and Technology Department, 1997
- Dissertation: “Seeing the Unseen: Scientific Photography in Victorian Britain”
- (Directors: Professors Robert Smith and Judith Walkowitz)
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
- M.Phil., History and Philosophy of Science Department (British Marshall Scholar), 1990.
- (Directors: Dr. J.A. Bennett; Prof. Simon Schaffer)
- B.A. 1988, Honors and Distinction
- Human Biology (major); History and Philosophy of Science (minor)
- Field: Neuropsychology of Vision, Perception and Memory; Art & Science
- (Directors: Michael Marmor, Stanford Medical School; Peter Galison, History & Philosophy of Science)
- Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University, Spring 2005-present; Member of the Core Faculty of the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program & the Science in Society Program, & with affiliations to the College of the Environment & the College of Social Studies.
- Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University, 1998-2005
- Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Fall 1996-Spring 98.
- Invited Professor, Department of Humanities, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy, March 2020 (rescheduled to March 2021).
- Senior Visiting Faculty Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, May –July, 2015.
- Visiting Senior Fellow, The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University College London, Spring 2016.
- Senior Fulbright Scholar, History of Art Department, University of York, England, Jan.-July, 2014.
- Senior Research Fellow (External), Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, England, 2014-17.
- Hixon-Riggs Senior Visiting Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, 2009-10.
- Faculty Fellow, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Fall 2005.
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS:
- Durham University Residential Research Library Fellowship, Durham University, UK, June 1-30, 2020.
- Raquel and Arthur Seidel Fellowship in the History of Intellectual Property and Patents, Science History Institute, Philadelphia, February, 2020.
- Visiting Research Fellowship, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Jan. 2020.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Scholar Award, 2016.
- British Academy-Huntington Library Fellowship, Summer 2011.
- Curran Fellowship for Study of the Victorian Press, Summer 2011.
- Faculty Research Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, Fall 2003.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 1999.
- Social Science Research Counsel/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Award, 1993-94.
- British Marshall Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 1988-90.
- Editorial Board Member (Co-Chair, 2017-20), Radical History Review journal, 2015-present.
- Co-editor, Bloomsbury Academic Publishing Book Series: Photography, History: History, Photography, with Elizabeth Edwards and Patricia Hayes, Fall 2013-Spring 2020.
- Editor of History and Technology’s quarterly “Image” feature (quarterly 2K-word peer-reviewed essays on visual history of technology), 2011-19 (co-ed. with Smithsonian NASM curator Martin Collins, 2017-19).
Nature Exposed: Photography as Eye Witness in Victorian Science. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006 (paperback, 2013).
Single-Authored Books under Advanced Contract, Works Submitted for Review, Works in Progress:
- “Facing Facts: Identity, Visual Law, and the Invention of Self in the Victorian World.” Completed book manuscript.
- “Dangerous Exposures: Photography, Waste, and the Chemical Revolution in Victorian Britain.” Under development.
Edited Books and Special Issues:
- A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment, ed. with Margaret Vining and Barton Hacker (Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press and Penguin Books, 2019).
- Radical History Review 127: “Political Histories of Technoscience” (Winter 2017), co-ed. Simon Schaffer & David Serlin.
- History and Theory 48: “Photography and Historical Interpretation” (Dec. 2009) guest editor.
Edited Book and Special Issues under Contract or In Press
- The Photography and Law Reader, co-authored and co-edited with Jennifer Mnookin (David Price Dean & Professor of Law at UCLA). (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, under contract).
- Radical History Review 142: “Visual Archives of Sex” (forthcoming, Winter 2022), co-ed. with Heike Baur, Melina Pappademos, & Katie Sutton.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- “Guns, Germs, & Public History: A Conversation with Jennifer Tucker,” interview by David Serlin, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences (July 2020).
- “Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in the Victorian Chemical Trade,” International Labor and Working-Class History 95 (Spring 2019): 130-165.
- “‘To Obtain More General Attention for the Objects of Science’: The Depiction of Popular Science in Victorian Illustrated News,” Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan, Vol. 25-3 (2016): 190-215.
- “Science Institutions in Modern British Visual Culture: The British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1831-1931,” Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan, Vol. 23, no. 3 (2014): 191-213.
- “Close Ties: The Railway Station and Photographic Networks,” Photoworks: Photography, Art, Visual Culture 21: Collaboration (2014): 168-173.
- “Marvels to Spectacles: Photographic Exploration and ‘The First Glimpse’,” Aperture 21: Curiosity (Summer 2013).
- “Eye on the Street: Photography in Urban Public Spaces,” Radical History Review 114: Walkers, Voyeurs and the Politics of Urban Space (Fall 2012): 7-18.
- “‘Let the Microscope Tell Your Story’: Philip Gravelle and the Neglected Industrial and Advertising Contexts of Ultra-Microphotography, 1920-1940,” PhotoResearcher 17 (Spring 2012): 19-32.
- “Visualizing Darwinian Revolution: Review Forum,” Victorian Studies 52:3, (Spring 2010): 441-448.
- “Objectivity, Collective Sight, and Scientific Personae,” Victorian Studies 50: 4 (2008): pp. 648-657.
- “The Historian, the Picture and the Archive,” Isis 97 (March 2006): 111-120.
- “‘Voyages of Discovery on Oceans of Air’: The Image of Science in an Age of ‘Balloonacy,’” Osiris 11: Science in the Field (1996): 144-176.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
- “Magical Attractions: Science and Wonder at the BAAS,” in The Magic Lantern at Work: Connecting, Witnessing, Experiencing and Persuading, ed. Martyn Jolly and Elisa de Courcy (New York: Routledge Studies in Cultural History, 2020).
- “Making Looking: Lantern Slides at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1850-1920,” in Sarah Dellmann and Frank Kessler (eds.), A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slides in the History of Learning (KINtop Studies in Early Cinema Series) (Utrecht: John Libbey Press, 2020).
- “Introduction,” A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment, co-ed. with Bart Hacker and Margaret Vining (Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, with Penguin Books and Barnes and Noble, 2019).
- “Photography in the Making of Modern Science,” Handbook of Photography Studies, ed. Gil Pasternak (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2019), pp. 235-254.
- “Popularizing the Cosmos: Pedagogies of Science and Society in Anton Pannekoek’s Life and Work,” in Chaokang Tai, Bart van der Steen, and Jeroen van Dongen (eds), Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960): Ways of Viewing Science and Society (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019), 175-197.
- “Photographic Migrations: The Tichborne Claimant, Popular Archives, and the ‘Evidence of Camera Pictures’,” in Kelley Wilder and Gregg Mitman, eds. Documenting the World: Film, Photography and the Scientific Record (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 22-44.
- “‘Famished for News Pictures: Mason Jackson, The Illustrated London News, and the Pictorial Spirit,” in Jason E. Hill and Vanessa R. Schwartz, eds. Getting the Picture: The History & Visual Culture of the News (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015), pp. 215-220.
- “Gender and Genre in Scientific Photography, in Ann Shteir and Bernard Lightman, eds, Figuring It Out: Visual Languages of Gender in Science (University of New England Press, 2006), pp. 140-163.
Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- “Photography/Science/Wonder,” Focal Plane: A Journal for Photographic Educators and Students 8 (Spring 2019): 18-23.
- “Display of Arms: A round-table discussion with curators of firearms in historical museums,” Technology and Culture, Vol. 59, Issue 3 (July 2018): 719-769.
- Editors’ Introduction (with Simon Schaffer and David Serlin), Radical History Review 127: “Political Histories of Technoscience” (Winter 2017): 1-12.
- “The Hidden World of Science: Nature as Art in 1930’s American Print Advertising,” Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 6:1 (Fall 2012): 90-105.
- “Entwined Practices: Engagements with Photography in Historical Inquiry,” with Tina Campt, History and Theory 48 (December 2009): 1-12.
Non-Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
- “A View of the Ocean, Between the Tropics (1765-1800),” in Martina Droth and Nathan Flis, eds, Britain in the World: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), 64-67.
- “Visual Ecologies,” in Marvin Heiferman, ed. Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture (New York: Aperture, 2019).
- “Visual and Material Studies,” in Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam, and Lucy Noakes, (eds.) New Directions in Social and Cultural History (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018), pp. 129-42.
- “Foreword,” Ashgate Research Companion on Victorian Spiritualism and the Occult, eds. Tatiana Kontou and Sarah Wilburn (Aldershot: Ashgate, Fall 2012): xiii-xv.
- “The ‘Social Photographic Eye,’” in Brought to Light: Photography of the Invisible, ed. Corey Keller (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).
Journal Article and Book Chapter Works in Progress
- “Foreword,” Hybrid Photography: Intermedial Practices in Sciences and Humanities, ed. Sara Hillnhütter, Stefanie Klamm, Friedrich Tietjen (New York: Routledge, in press).
- “Hollywood, Gun Culture and the “Old West’ Reenactment in Cowboy Shooting,” in Reenactment Case Studies: Global Perspectives on Experiential History, eds. Vanessa Agnew, Juliane Tomann and Sabine Stach (New York: Routledge, in press).
- “Introduction,” American Historical Review: Roundtable Review Forum on Ambivalent. Photography and Visibility in African History (2019), eds. Patricia Hayes and Gary Minkley, “A Conversation about Ambivalent with David Cohen, Zeynep Gursel, Sumathi Ramaswamy, & Olga Shevchenko,” American Historical Review (2021, in progress).
News and Opinion
- “How the National Archives’ Notorious Alteration of a Women’s March Photo is Part of a Long American Tradition,” co-authored with Peter Rutland, Artnet News (Jan. 24, 2020).
- “From Their Balloons, The First Aeronauts Transformed Our View of the World,” published by The Conversation (Dec. 6, 2019), republished by Smithsonian Magazine and The Washington Post.
- “How the NRA Hijacked History: The Second Amendment was intended to be compatible with robust regulations of weaponry,” Washington Post (Sept. 9, 2019).
- “In ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, An Ode to the Gas Lamp,” The Conversation, December 18, 2018. Picked up by the Associated Press, Business Insider, US News and World Report, & Salon.
- “It’s No Downton Abbey, But It’s Just as Much a Part of English History,” History News Network, June 12, 2018. Picked up by Time Magazine, June 14, 2018.
- “Tabloid Photographers are Hounding the Royals, but They Have a History of Using Each Other,” History News Network, May 17, 2018.
- “President Trump Takes Page from P.T. Barnum’s Book,” Hartford Courant, December 27, 2017.
- “Visual Ecologies,” for “SEEING SCIENCE: Photography, Science and Visual Culture,” University of Maryland, January 24, 2017.
- “We know about Trump’s Tussaud waxes…why don’t we know about his taxes?” for Inside Sources (Jan. 22, 2017).
- “What the Clean Air Act can teach us about reducing gun violence,” co-authored with Matthew Miller (Professor of Epidemiology, Northeastern University and co-founder of Harvard University’s Injury Prevention Center), Boston Globe, Oct. 16, 2015.
- “The Not-So-Wild-West,” Inside Sources, Sept. 20, 2015.
- “Can Culture Transcend the Russia-West Conflict?” with Aria Danaparamita. Moscow Times, Dec. 14, 2014.
- “How Facial Recognition Technology Came to Be,” The Boston Globe, Sunday Ideas, Nov. 23, 2014.
- “What our most famous evolutionary cartoon gets wrong,” The Boston Globe, Sunday Ideas, Oct. 28, 2012, p. K2.
- “The Mars Curiosity Rover and the Long Search for ET,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 17, 2012.
- “The Medieval Roots of Todd Akin’s Theories,” The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2012.
Newspaper & Magazine Interviews
- Discussed history of police mugshots with NY Times breaking news reporter Maria Cramer, “The Mug Shot, a Crime Story Staple, is Dropped by Some Newsrooms and Police,” New York Times, July 3, 2020.
- Discussed the art and science of lightning photography with science reporter Steph Yin, “Do You Know What Lightning Really Looks Like?” New York Times (Science), June 11, 2018.
- Interviewed by Emalie Marthe for Vice magazine (Feb. 18, 2017) about Victorian women and myths of spiritualism, love and sex.
- Interviewed for Wyoming Public Media: “Renovated Firearm Museum Wants to Add Context to Gun History,” June 28, 2019.
- Interviewed for Connecticut NPR program “Where We Live”: “Responding to the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas,” Oct. 2, 2017.
- Research consultant and on-air interview guest, BBC4’s television science documentary “Dangerous Earth: Lightning,” Nov. 24, 2016.
- Radio Interview, “The Scramble: Changing the Gun Conversation,” The Colin McEnroe Show, WNPR, October 5, 2015.
- BBC Radio 3 presenter, “The Tichborne Claimant,” in “Five Photographs (That You Didn’t Know) Changed Everything,” broadcast Feb. 2015, reviewed in BBC History Today and the Financial Times.
- Consulted with the Board and curators of the Catalyst Chemistry Museum, England on a 2019 report used in its efforts for finding funding for exhibitions, Spring 2019.
- Participated in conversations among National Park Service, Springfield Armory, the Organization of American Historians, scholars and local community members in development of a blueprint for interpreting the former Colt factory and Coltsville (workers’ residences, outbuildings, church), Hartford, CT, 2019-present. Invited by the Organization of American Historians to give a public talk on Colt factory history & visual archives: April 23, 2020 (rescheduled).
- Exhibition script reader for 2019 Cody Firearms Museum renovation, Buffalo Bill Center of the American West, Cody, Wyoming, Spring 2019.
- Advisor to Up in Arms, a multi-media group show presenting a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture at the Cecile and Ezra Zilkha Gallery of Contemporary Art, curated by Prof. Susanne Slavick (Carnegie Mellon University), October, 2017.
- Advisor to “Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography,” Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan, Fall 2008.
- Advisor to The Photograph and the Book exhibit, Olin Library, Wesleyan, Fall 2008.
Book and Film Reviews
- Film Review: “One Night in 2012” (2016), Nationalities Papers, Vol. 46, Issue 2 (January 2018).
- Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom, by Wendie Ellen Schneider, reviewed for Journal of British Studies (October 2017): 925-27.
- Meeting Places: Scientific Congresses and Urban Identity in Victorian Britain by Louise Miskell (Ashgate, 2013), for Victorian Studies (Spring 2016).
- Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain, by Deborah Cohen (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2013), for History: Reviews of New Books, vol. 44, no. 1 (January 2016): 19-20.
- The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, The Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919, by Jill Galvan, for Technology and Culture 53 (January 2012): 213-214.
- The Civil Contract of Photography (MIT Press, 2008), by Ariella Azoulay, American Historical Review vol. 116, no. 1(February 2011): 141-142.
- Medicine’s Moving Pictures, eds. L. Reagan, N. Tomes, and P. Treichler. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 83, no. 3 (Fall 2009): 639-640.
- The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation, by Rohan McWilliam. American Historical Review 113 (June 2008): 906 907.
- Predicting the Weather: Victorians and the Science of Weather, by Katharine Anderson. Annals of Science.
- The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex and Contraception, 1800-1975, by Hera Cook. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 79 (Spring, 2005): 842-843.
- African-American Pioneers in Anthropology, by Ira E. Harrison and Faye V. Harrison. Isis (June 2004).
- Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the“Improvement’ of the World, by Richard Drayton. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 2:2 (Fall 2001).
- Nature’s Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display, by Carla Yanni. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 60 (March 2001).
- Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge, by Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin, eds. Victorian Studies 42 (2000): 497-499.
- Empire’s Nature: Mark Catesby’s New World Vision, by Amy R.W. Meyers and Margaret Beck Pritchard. Journal of Garden History 20/3 (2000): 259-260.
- American Philosophical Society/Science History Institute brown bag lunch series, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 11, 2020: “Collecting the Future: Photography, Waste, & the Industrial Revolution.”
- Yale Center for British Art “Art in Context” Gallery Talk: “The Tichborne Impostor: Print Culture, Visual Law, and the Reinvention of Self in the Victorian World,” Jan. 28, 2020.
- Beinecke Library Visiting Scholars Research Brownbag Lunch Presentation, Yale University, Jan. 27, 2020.
- Environmental Humanities Breakfast Conversation, Yale Environmental Humanities Program, New Haven, CT, Jan. 24, 2020.
- University of Connecticut History of Science Reading Group, Storrs, Dec. 5, 2019.
- Center for Humanities public lecture: “Collecting the Future by Re-Imagining Visual History,” Wesleyan University, Nov. 11, 2019.
- Plenary lecture, Science Museums Research Group (Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum): “Living with Machines,” Manchester, England, Nov. 5, 2019.
- Kavli Conversations on Science Communication at NYU: live/streamed, interactive webcast panel discussion with Wall Street Journal science journalist, Robert Lee Hotz and photographer Lynn Johnson at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU: “Moving Images: A Conversation on the Power of Photography.” Oct. 29, 2019.
- Book Panel discussion with Mark Frassetto and Saul Cornell to mark the release of A Right to Bear Arms? Book Culture, 536 West 112th St, NYC, October 24, 2019.
- History, Theory & Criticism Forum, Dept of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., October 22, 2019.
- History Department, Brown University: “Health Hazards of Victorian Photography,” Providence, R.I., September 26, 2019.
- Keynote, “The Business of Photography” conference, Photographic History Research Centre, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK: “Arming Society with Cameras: The Interlocked Histories of Photography and Gun Manufacture and Mass Advertisement,” June 17-19, 2019.
- Invited speaker, History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Load, Point, and Shoot: Guns and Cameras and the Black Boxes of History,” March 26, 2019.
- Invited speaker, Centre for Museum Cultures, Birkbeck College, University of London, Gordon Square, London: “Exhibiting History of Firearms in Museums: UK v. US Perspectives,” March 25, 2019.
- Invited speaker, “Relating Difference(s): Migrating Subjects, Inter-Cultural Exchanges, Literary Formations” International Symposium, University of Trento, Trento, Italy: “British Baronet – or Australian Outlaw? Inter-cultural Exchanges, Narratives of Difference, and Contested Identities in the Celebrated Tichborne Claimant Affair,” March 21-22, 2019.
- Invited presenter, Harvard Law School, hosted by Jill Lepore, Cambridge, MA, Feb. 12, 2019.
- Invited speaker, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK: “Victorian Environmentalism and Labor History,” Feb. 1, 2019.
- Invited speaker, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: “Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in Victorian Photography and the Chemical Trades,” Nov. 15, 2018.
- Keynote, Conference on “The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World,” Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 4-8 September, 2018.
- Keynote, “Arsenals of History” conference, Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, Wyoming: “Exhibiting History of Firearms in Museums,” May 21-23, 2018.
- Invited speaker, Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence, University of Warwick, UK: “Interdisciplinary Research, Academia, and the Wider Public,” 7 June 2018.
- Keynote, “Cultural Histories of Air and Illness” conference, University of Warwick, England: Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in the Victorian Chemical Trade, 7-9 June, 2018.
- Invited speaker, History of Medicine Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Colloquium Speaker, “Chemical Exposure: The Victorian Akali Industry and the Future of Photography,” Oct. 5, 2017.
- Keynote, “After Post Photography” conference, The European University, St. Petersburg, Russia: “New faces of privacy: Trans-Atlantic historical and legal perspectives on the circulation of facial images in the media, 1870-1970,” May 18, 2017.
- Invited speaker, “Visual Ecologies” conference, Caltech, Pasadena, CA: “Picturing Pollution: Photography in Environmental Law Suits in Victorian Britain,” May 11-12, 2017.
- Invited speaker, The Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles: “Picturing the Past: The Nineteenth-Century,” March 20, 2017.
- Invited speaker, Modern British History seminar, Columbia University, Feb. 23, 2017.
- Invited speaker, Paul Mellon Art Centre, London: “Humphrey Jennings’ ‘Pandaemonium’,” Nov. 30, 2016.
- Invited speaker, Center for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester: “Imagining the Future, Collecting the Past,” Nov. 22, 2016.
- Invited speaker, Visual and Material Cultures Seminar, The Pitt Rivers Museum, Univ. of Oxford, Nov. 11, 2016.
- Invited speaker, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa: “Contemporary History and Humanities,” Oct. 18, 2016.
- Keynote, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa: “Visual Gateways,” Oct. 21-22, 2016.
- Keynote, First International LYNX Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images Conference, Institute for Advanced Visual Studies, Lucca, Italy, June 22-25, 2016.
- Invited speaker, Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, University of Durham, England: “Historical Narrative and Victorian Visual Culture,” June 7, 2016.
- Invited speaker, Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England: “Photography and Writing History,” March 23, 2016.
- Public lecture, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London: “Picturing Modernization: Vision, Modernity, and the Technological Image in Humphrey Jennings’s Pandaemonium,” March 9, 2016.
- Invited speaker, 50th year anniversary of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA, Feb. 23, 2016.
- Presenter, History of Art Department, Yale University: 18th and 19th century Art and Visual Culture Colloquium, Feb. 22, 2016.
- Invited speaker, History of Art Department, University College, London: “New Directions in Photographic History Research,” Feb. 11, 2016.
- Plenary lecture, Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia: “The Photograph from Wagga Wagga That Changed British Law,” May 28, 2015.
- Invited speaker, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, AU: “New Visual and Material Approaches to the Study of Global Language,” May 19, 2015.
- Invited speaker, “Popularizing Science East and West” symposium, hosted by the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 26-29, 2015.
- Keynote speaker, “Hybrid Photography: Inter-medial Practices in Science and Humanities since 1800,” Humboldt University, Berlin, German: “Going Viral: How Popular Media Changed Scientific Photography,” Feb. 19-21, 2015.
- Keynote speaker, The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia: Conference on “Current Research in Photographic History,” Nov. 18-20, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Nov. 17, 2014, Department of Art History, European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia.
- Keynote speaker, Annual Conference of the Photographic History Research Centre, “Exchanging Photographs, Constructing Knowledge,” De Montfort University, Leicester, England, June 21, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Institute of Historical Research, London, June 19, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds University, England, June 4, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, Wales: “The Impact of Science Institutions on Victorian Visual Culture,” May 21, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: “Victorian Comic Images, Law and Social Order,” May 13, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Department of History of Art, University of York, England: “‘The Biggest Man in England’”: Photographic Celebrity,” May 12, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK: “The BAAS and British Visual Culture,” May 8, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Literature and Cultural History Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moore University: “Caricature and the Social Order: Reading Popular Prints, 1850-1880,” Mar. 18, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Birkbeck Joint Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century and Photographic History Workshop, Birkbeck College, University of London, Mar. 4, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Photographic History Graduate Seminar, Department of History of Art, University of York, York, England: “Historians and Photographic Evidence,” Feb. 28, 2014
- Invited speaker, Women’s Union, Pomona College, California: “Technology Studies, Feminist Studies, and Visual Culture,” Oct. 14, 2009.
- Public Gallery Talk (“Art in Context”), Yale Center for British Art: “The British Artist-Naturalists at Sea: Depicting Salt-Water Fish in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,” April 10, 2009.
- Public Lecture, University of Connecticut -Avery Point: “Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture,” Feb. 10, 2009.
- Invited speaker, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA: “Brought to Light: Photographs of the Invisible, 1840-1900,” Dec.14, 2008.
Organizer & Co-Chair:
- Co-Organizer/Co-Chair, After Post-Photography conference: “Photography’s Future Present,” European University St. Petersburg, Russia, May 28-30, 2020.
- Chair, Shasha Seminar, “Guns and American Society”: A two-day seminar convened national experts including Wesleyan alumni, from different fields to examine the contemporary state of guns in American history, society, law, museums, and politics, Wesleyan University, Middletown, October 27-28, 2017.
- Organizer and Co-Chair, The Aspen Institute, Dupont Circle., Washington, D.C.Firearms and the Common Law Tradition, moderated by Ruth Katz (Director of Health Policy, Aspen Institute) & public panel with Nina Totenberg (Supreme Court correspondent, NPR), Sept. 14-15, 2016.
- Co-organizer, Visual Studies and the Liberal Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA, May 2-3, 2014. The conference brought together twenty-five liberal arts faculty and focused on the topic of “Visual Studies across the Curriculum.” Co-organized with Prof. Laura Kalba, Smith College, with support from an Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) grant.
- Organizer and Chair, Hixon-Riggs Public Forum for Responsive Science, Technology and Society: “Science a Moving Image”: A series of talks, round-tables, and film screenings that brought together scientists, filmmakers, writers, movie industry specialists and scholars together to explore the many ways in which science’s moving images interact and intersect, from films used as scientific data to scientific documentaries to the incorporation of scientists and scientific themes in contemporary media. Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, Spring 2010
- Organizer and Chair, “Eye of History: The Camera as Witness,” Wesleyan University, 2008-09. A year-long series of exhibitions, seminars, talks, and films that explored questions about photography and its role in historical memory and public life.
- Panelist, Yale Law School, New Haven: “The Uses and Abuses of History in Second Amendment Cases,” Jan. 21, 2020.
- Presenter, Lewis Walpole Library/Yale Law School mini-conference: “Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair (1820),” Oct. 4, 2019.
- Panelist, Oxford University: Historians’ Roundtable: British, Irish, and American History and Second Amendment Adjudication, Pembroke College, Oxford, July 9, 2019.
- Presenter, Yale Environmental Humanities Workshop: “Aerial Imagination,” New Haven, CT, April 26-27, 2019.
- Panelist, American Society for Environmental Society 2019 Conference, Columbus, Ohio: “Weapons of Mass Pollution: Health, Hazards, and the British Environment, 1850-1950,” April 13, 2019.
- Chair, National Council on Public History annual meeting, Hartford: “Interpreting Firearms in Museums in the 21st Century,” March 27-30, 2019.
- Panelist, Conference on “Visual Plague: Image, Imagination, & Imaginary,” an interdisciplinary research project led by social anthropologist Dr. Christos Lynteris, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, July 12-14, 2018.
- Panelist, Past and Present conference, University of Birmingham, May 30-31, 2018.
- Presenter, “Photography: The Black Box of History,” Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Mar. 15-17, 2018.
- Panelist, Symposium on “Science, Photography, and the Circulation of Printed Media,” Photographic Memory Workshop, Yale University, April 13-14, 2018.
- Panelist, ‘A Million Pictures: History, Archiving, and Creative Re-Use of Educational Magic Lantern Slides’ Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 29 Aug.–1 Sept, 2017.
- Panelist, Mass Observation’s Anniversary Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, 10th-11th July 2017.
- Panelist, Annual conference of the Photographic History Research Centre, Leicester, UK: “Diverse Migrations: Photography Out of Bounds,” June 19-20, 2017.
- Co-Chair with Dr. Olesya Turkina (St. Petersburg State University), ‘After Post Photography’ conference, The European University, St. Petersburg, Russia: “Film and other Forms of Photographic Life,” May 19, 2017.
- Presenter, “Law and Photography: Mugshots, Passports, and Portraiture,” Birkbeck College and London School of Economics, July 2, 2016.
- Chair, Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK: “Photography: Between Anthropology and History,” June 20-21, 2016.
- Presenter, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Stedelijk Museum for Contemporary Arts, Amsterdam, 9-10 June 2016.
- Participant, Study Day sponsored by The Photographic Seminar (Centre for Visual Studies, Dept of History of Art, and Bodleian Libraries), University of Oxford: “Around the World in 8 Papers: Itineraries for a History of Photography Beyond the Western Canon,” May 10, 2016.
- Presenter, Getty Research Institute and Huntington Library, Symposium on “Photographic Archives and the Elusive Visual Image in the Writing of History,” Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 25-26, 2016.
- Panelist, European Society for Environmental History, Versailles, France, June 30-July 3, 2015.
- Panelist, History Department, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia: “Photographic Archives” seminar, May 29, 2015.
- Presenter, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and History and Theory Symposium, Guilin, China: “Modernization in China and the West: Comparative Perspectives,” May 9-11, 2015.
- Presenter, Department of History and Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: Conference in Honor Judith Walkowitz, April 10-11, 2015.
- Panel Chair, “Africanizing Technologies” Conference, Wesleyan University, March 5-6, 2014.
- Panel Respondent, “The Photographic Event,” chaired by Martin Jay, Conference of the American Historical Association, New York City, January 2-5, 2015.
- Chair, British Association for Victorian Studies Meeting (2014 Theme: “Victorian Sustainability”). University of Canterbury, Kent, England, Sept. 4-6, 2014.
- Presenter, Institute of Advanced Study Conference on Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Durham University, England: “Law and Image as Translation: Photographs and Maps Go to Court,” July 15-17, 2014.
- Presenter, Fulbright Scholars Forum, University of Glasgow, Scotland, July 4-6, 2014.
- Presenter, Research Seminar Series in “Cultures of Photographic, Photographic Evidence, and Law,” Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, January 14, 2014.
- Presenter, “The Comic Image 1730-1841 – Hogarth to Punch,” Lewis Henry Walpole Library, Farmington, CT, Sept. 6-7, 2013.
- Presenter, Getty Research Institute: Conference on Photography’s Past Futures, Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2013.
- Presenter, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, March 22, 2013.
- Presenter, Draper Center for Civic Engagement, Pomona College: Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2013.
- Presenter, Annenberg School for Communication: “Images, Ethics, Technologies,” Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 30, 2012.
- Presenter, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY: “Victorian Electrotypes: Old Treasures, New Technology,” Mar. 26, 2012.
- Presenter, Harvard Photography and History Workshop, Cambridge, MA, December 2, 2011.
- Chair, Society for the History of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, November 3-6, 2011.
- Chair, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Amherst, MA: “Bodies and Media: Reproducing and Reshaping Sexuality, Race, and Gender,” June 12, 2011.
- Presenter, Andrew W. Mellon 23 Collaboration Seminar, Scripps College: “Feminism and Science: Building Bridges for Research and Teaching Innovation,” Jan. 4-6, 2011.
- Presenter, Yale Center for British Art: “Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture,” April 10, 2009.
- Presenter, North American Council on British Studies Conference, Baltimore, MD: “Field of Vision: Visual Culture and Modern British History,” Nov. 12-14, 2010.
- Presenter, The MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Sept. 24-25, 2010.
- Panelist, Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, Williamstown, MA: “Home Media and their Products,” April 30 – May 1, 2010.
- Panelist, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany: “Documenting the World” book workshop, Jan. 7-10, 2010.
- Chair, History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, November 20-22, 2009.
- Presenter, “Darwinism and Visual Culture,” University of Southern California, Oct. 28, 2009.
- Presenter, UCLA History of Science Colloquium: “Historiographies of Art-Science Relations since C.P. Snow,” Oct. 2, 2009.
- Panel Respondent, Photographic Proofs: A Conference on Image, History, and Memory, Yale University, April 7-8, 2008.
- Panel Respondent, History of Science Society annual meeting, Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2007.
- Panelist, Bard Music Festival, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y: “Elgar and His World: The Composer and His Laboratory,” organized by Professor Timothy Barringer, Aug. 17-19, 2007.
- Presenter, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles: “Art History and the Unseen,” Jan. 19-20, 2006.
- Presenter, Clark/Getty Workshop, The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA: “Spirits, Art History and the Unseen,” Oct. 28-29, 2005.
- Presenter, “Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature,” Tate Britain Museum, London, 19-20 March, 2004.
- North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)
- National Council on Public History
- Society for History of Technology
- Victorian Studies Association
- History of Science Society
- Fellowship Evaluator, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Amsterdam, 2020-present.
- North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS): Undergraduate Essay Prize Committee, 2017-20 (Chair, 2019-20)
- Association of Firearms History and Museums, 2019-present; Founding Member; Vice-President, 2019-present.
- Scholarly Advisor and contributing author to Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair, at the Yale Library, in partnership with the Lewis Walpole Library for the creation of an extensive online resource to mark the bicentennial of the Queen Caroline Divorce Trial.
- Member of the Pre-Award Team Lead for Contracts & Grants, Research Grants Program Office (RGPO), University of California Office of the President, Oakland, CA, Oct. 24, 2018.
- Faculty Advisor, Historical Scientific Instrument Collection, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven (Summer 2018- present)
- Academic Committee, Wiki Science Photography Competition, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2017.
- Vice President, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, representing Wesleyan University (2014-present)
- Planning Committee, Science and Technology Studies in the Liberal Arts, Andrew W. Mellon 23, Workshop Organizing Committee, Vassar College, April 20-21, 2013.
- Scholarly Advisory Committee Member, Medical Heritage Library Project, Center for the History of Medicine, Harvard University Medical School.
- Editorial Advisory Board Member, “Science/Technology/Culture” series, University of Massachusetts Press, 2009-15.
Internal Research Grants and Fellowships
- Center for Pedagogical Innovation Grant ($750) from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to acquire training in Victorian magic lantern show production, 2019-20.
- Center for Pedagogical Innovation Grant from the Davis Foundation to develop a project-based course at Wesleyan. Funds used to cover expenses for Rosie Dawson, Senior Producer of BBC 4 Radio, to run a week of workshops focused on training undergraduates in HIST 262 (“Environmental History and Visual Studies) how to write and present their research for presentation on WESU student radio, March 28-April 6, 2017.
- Creative Campus Initiative, Andrew W. Mellon-funded Wesleyan grant awarded for designing a curricular module including an artist for “Victorian Environmentalism” (Spring 2015).
- Wesleyan Project Grant awarded for article-related research in Liverpool and Manchester, England, summer 2015, for “Science Against Industry,” a study of the visual culture of nineteenth-century air and river pollution reform.
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported “Arts Across the Curriculum Grant,” awarded by Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts for collaboration with an artist in the development of a new course, “Picturing Environmental Damage: Visual Media, Investigation and Reform from the Industrial Revolution to the 1960s” (Spring 2015).
- Faculty Fellow, College of the Environment, Wesleyan University, 2014-15.
- Project Grant from Wesleyan University, 2013.
- Science across the Curriculum Grant: Designed and co-taught a new undergraduate lecture course, “Interpreting Life on Mars: Scientific Data and Popular Knowledge,” with planetary geologist and Assoc. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Professor Martha Gilmore, Spring 2011.
- James L. McConaughy Public Writing Prize, Wesleyan University, 2015.
- Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research, Wesleyan, 2001.
Campus & Departmental Talks
- “Collecting the Future: Photography, Waste, and the Second Industrial Revolution,” Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University, Nov. 11, 2019.
- “Uses and Abuses of History in Today’s Debate over Guns,” lecture presentation to History majors in “Issues in Contemporary Historiography” methods course, Wesleyan University, September 14, 2019.
- Exhibition Walk-Through with Ben Chaffee (Associate Director, Visual Arts), Audible Bacillus, Zilkha Contemporary for Contemporary Art, Wesleyan University, Feb. 19, 2019.
- Chair, “Historians on Hamilton” panel, Wesleyan University (Family Weekend), Friday, September 28, 2018.
- Chair, First Year Matters – Common Read panel discussion of A Body Undone: Living On After Great Pain, with Prof. Christina Crosby and students Caridad Cruz and Christopher Jackson, July 2018. https://video.wesleyan.edu/videos/video/5804344983001
- Chair, Discussion of “Containment,” film screening and public lecture by Professor Peter Galison, co-sponsored by History, College of Environment, Science in Society Program and Center for Fine Arts. March 1, 2017.
- Jobs in Art and Law, Careers Day workshop, University of York, October 10, 2016.
- Presenter, “Body, Memory, Photography.” Panel discussion of the intersections between medical and scientific representations of anatomy, gender and photographic practice, with photographer Tanya Marcuse, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, and Laura Wexler, Davison Arts Center, Wesleyan, October 29, 2015.
- Organizer, Earth Day at Wesleyan: Prof. Gregg Mitman, “Forgotten Paths of Empire,” and Film and Discussion, “In the Shadow of Ebola” (April 21-22, 2015); and Prof. Lynda Nead, “The Tiger in the Fog: The Aesthetics of Fog in Postwar Britain,” April 14, 2015.
- Organized, with Anthony Hatch (SISP), “Racism, Technology, and Social Protest,” a Wesleyan community dialogue to foster group discussion about the historical transformation of social and political contexts in which people use visual technologies to analyze and challenge racism, Dec. 5, 2015.
- Member, Teagle Writing Seminar, faculty workshop organized through the Faculty Development office, to discuss development of creative and effective writing assignments, Spring 2015.
- Faculty Moderator, Wesleyan Symposium on “Risk,” a day-long interdisciplinary critique to exchange ideas and methods between students and faculty across the curriculum and serve as a platform for juniors to develop senior research topics. May 2, 2015.
- Panelist, “Scotland Votes…The End of the UK?” Forum sponsored by the History Department and Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Sept. 16, 2014, with Peter Rutland (Govt.) and Alice Kelly (History).
- Presenter, “Seeing a Bigger Picture: Integrating British Environmental History and Visual Studies,” College of Social Sciences, Wesleyan University, Oct. 3, 2014.
- Organizer, History Department Annual Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Natalie Davis, Princeton Professor of History Emerita (Oct. 17, 2013); Prof. Vanessa Schwartz, Professor of History and Art History, USC (Nov. 2012).
- Presenter, “Eadward Muybridge’s Nudes,” Artful Lunch Series, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, October 9, 2012.
- Organized and co-chaired (with Prof. Sarah Wiliarty, Dept. of Government): “Women and the Politics of Gender: Election 2012 Public Forum,” October 5, 2012, with Professors Inderpal Grewal Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Yale; Crystal Feimster, African American Studies, Yale; Maryann Basako, Political Science, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; Nancy Folbre, Economics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; Robert Self, History, Brown University; and Michele Swers, Government, Georgetown University.
- Chair, “Lincoln (2012): Politics and Film in the Public Eye.” Organized a public film screening and audience q and q with Profs. Elvin Lim (Government) and Demetrius Eudell (History and African American Studies). Middletown, CT, Dec. 6, 2012.
- Organized the Annual FGSS Diane Weiss Memorial Lecture: “Religion, Sex, and Gender: Public Feminism,” by Prof. Janet Jakobsen, Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender, Barnard College, April 16, 2013; and Prof. Rebecca Jordan-Young, Assoc. Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College, “Plasticity and the Gendered Brain: Trading Essence for Potential,” April 5, 2012.
- Feb. 6, 2013: “Guns and Gun Violence: Crisis, Policy, and Politics.” After the shootings in Newtown, CT, organized a Connecticut public forum of specialists talking about academic scholarship on firearm injuries, gun possession, and gun violence and the need for public debate informed by relevant scholarly findings in the social sciences, public policy and public health. Moderated by Connecticut’s public radio (WNPR) News Director, John Dankosky.
- Professor Jill Lepore, Department of History, Harvard University, on her new book, Poor Jane’s Almanac: Or, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin’s Sister, April 25, 2013.
- Sept. 27, 2013: “Crisis in the Middle East.” Co-organized a panel discussion on recent developments in the Middle East with Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Mohamed Elfayoumy, Egyptian diplomat and Linda Vester Yale World Fellow; Marcie J. Patton, Professor of Politics at Fairfield University.
- Nov. 1, 2013: “U.S. Health Care Reform: Images and Realities of Costs, Quality and Access.” Featuring panelists Don H. Taylor, Jr., Associate Professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Medical Center; Austin Frakt, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Boston University School of Medicine; and Sarah Gollust, Assistant Professor of Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Moderated by John Dankosky, News Director of WNPR and radio host of “Where We Live” (CT Public Broadcasting Network).
Modern British social, legal and cultural history; Victorian visual culture; environmental history and law; historical methods/historiography; history of science and art intersections; history and theory of photography; visual cultures of knowledge; gender, science and technology; law and society; public history and material culture; firearms and history.
Courses taught at Wesleyan:
- SISP 143: Searching for Life on Mars: Antiquity to Today (with Prof. Martha Gilmore)
- HIST 177: Life Science, Art and Culture
- HIST 179: Intro to Gender and History
- HIST 181: Streets of Victorian London
- SISP 207: Social and Cultural Practices of Science
- CSS 240: The Emergence of Modern Europe: Sophomore History Tutorial:
- HIST 254: History of Western Science and Technology Survey
- COE 255: Seeing a Bigger Picture: British Environmental History and Visual Culture
- FGSS 212: Sex, Gender and Technology: Historical Perspectives
- HIST 264: Modern Britain, 1688-Present: From Empire to Quagmire
- HIST 269: Women and Gender in Modern Europe
- HIST 286: Entanglements of Photography and Law Survey: Photographers Rights, Surveillance, Obscenity, Evidence, Copyright, and Human Rights Trials, 1840-Today
- CHUM 353: Media Revolutions: Color Television and the Humanities in the 1960s and 1970s
- HIST 362: Issues and Methods in Contemporary Historiography (required course for history majors)
- FGSS 405: Senior Seminar
- SOC 627/GLSP: Looking for an Icon: Ten Photographs That Shook the World
Courses taught outside of Wesleyan (Caltech, Harvey Mudd College)
- Victorian Science, Medicine and Technology
- H.G. Wells
- Fact and Artifact: Visual Persuasion, Law, and Public Policy
- Visualizing Nation and Empire: History of 20th century British Documentary Film
- Gender, Race and Health: European Historical Topics
- Intro to Feminist Science and Technology Studies
- Science and Sexuality in Edwardian Britain
- Gorilla Warfare: Images from the Evolution Debate, from Lamarck to the Present.
Doctoral Review Committees (History of Art; History of Science; History)
Yale University; Brown University; University of Toronto; University of Cambridge; University of York; Harvard University; Boston University; Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy; University of Western Cape (Cape Town).
Undergraduate Research Supervision
Senior Thesis advisor: Supervisor of thirty senior honors projects since 2004 (plus 10 prior to 2004), including two University Honors winners (2011 and 2013), six Dutcher Prize winners (for best thesis in History), five Ohmann Prize winners (for best thesis in gender studies) and one British Marshall Scholar (Zully Adler).
Supervised 40 senior thesis students (31 since 2004-05): List available upon request.
External thesis reader: Served as external reader of over fifty theses and essays across a range of different departments since tenure; full list available upon request.
Faculty Mentor to two Watson Fellows, four McNair Fellows, and three Mellon May Fellows (2010-11; 2012-13; 2018-19).
Teaching Prizes: Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University, 1995.
American Historical Review, Oxford Art Journal, British Journal for the History of Science, English Historical Review, History and Technology, History Today, Isis, Journal of American History, Journal of Modern History, Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis, Photography and Culture, Radical History Review, Technology and Culture, Photography and Culture, Journal of Visual Culture, and Victorian Studies.
Book Manuscript Reviews
Harvard University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Princeton University Press, Routledge, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Yale University Press, University of Chicago Press, Bloomsbury Academic Press, MIT Press, University of Massachusetts Press.
External Review Committee Member:
- Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Institute (Oberlin College), Sept. 22-23, 2014.
- Science, Technology, and Society Program (Vassar College), September, 2011.
- Member, Photographic Memory Workshop (Laura Wexler, Yale University).
- Assisted with review of applications for the annual Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Junior Scholars Workshop, University of Pennsylvania (2015).
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE SERVICE
- Interim Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, 2012-13. Wrote a strategic vision report for the administration with recommendations. Organized campus and public events.
- Chair, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, 2008-09; 2011-13; Interim Chair: 2018-19, Spring 2021) Participated in program’s self-study and external review (2008-09) and oversaw negotiations with the administration leading to the Program’s first dedicated line, at the senior level. Worked with administration to build the visibility, reach and institutional impact of the program and to profile and enhance its contributions to intellectual life at Wesleyan.
- Member, Wesleyan University Search Committee for the Vice President for Communications Position, May-September 2019.
- Faculty Advisory Board Member, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan (Fall 2017-).
- Task Force, University Copyright and Fair Use Practices, Olin Library Committee (2019-2020)
- Faculty Advisor, Wesleyan Media Project (WMP), “Guns in Campaign Ads During 2017-2018.”
- Faculty Advisory Board Member, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan (Fall 2015- ). Evaluated student fellowship applications and participated in decisions on themes and programming.
- Review and Appeals Board (2010-13; re-elected 2018 for a three-year term)
- Fulbright Scholarship Committee, Wesleyan (Fall 2015); International Fellowships Committee (2018- )
- University Digital Collections Strategic Planning Committee. Faculty rep to the subcommittee on Special Collections and Archives and World Music Archives (2014- ).
- Olin University Library External Review, faculty representative, Spring 2015.
- Faculty Seminar Leader, (“First Year Matters” Seminar): “The Machine in the Garden.” (Frosh Orientation, Sept. 2014).
- Steering Committee Member, Van Vleck Observatory Centennial Restoration (2013-).
- Presidential Task Force: “Making Excellence Inclusive” (2010-present).
- Provost’s Task Force on Divisional Organization (Fall 2011)
- Academic Review Committee (2010-2012)
- First Year Initiatives Committee (2010-2011)
- Search Committee for new Director of the Davison Art Center (Fall 2004)
- University Advisory Committee (University Tenure and Promotion, 2001-03.
- Chair, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in Gender and African History in the History Department, 2013.
- Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in History of Modern Science, 2008.
- Member, Sub-Committee to design and implement new HIST 362 course template (2003-2005).
- Faculty Advisor for Gender and History & Visual History, History Department (2005-Present)
Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
- Chair, 2008-09; 2011-13; Interim Chair, 2018-19; Spring 2021.
- Core Member and Faculty Advisor since 1998. Advised majors, worked with students and faculty to lay plans for a new FGSS minor.
- Interim Member, Search Committee for Associate or Full Professor, Fall 2013.
Science in Society Program
- Core Member and Faculty Advisor since 1998
- Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in Health and Medicine, 2014-15.
- Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in Sociology of Medicine, 2008-09.
College of Environment
- Instructor, Group Research Tutorial in Industrial Revolution and Environmental Law, 2018.
- Reviewed Summer/Fall Internship Applications, 2018
College of Social Studies
CSS Tutor, CSS 240: Sophomore History Tutorial: The Emergence of Modern Europe, 2020-21.
- Historical consultant on popular science learning, gender, and toy culture, 1915-1960, for “The Erector Set at 100,” Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven (Fall 2013).
- “Science as Spectacle,” The Observatory, a NY arts space that presents public programming inspired by the 18th century notion of “rational amusement,” Oct. 28, 2012.