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 British society, 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.  She is also working on a new book-length study about the history of facial recognition photography, “Caught on Camera.”

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 and an essay on this topic is forthcoming in “Labor Laid Waste,” for a special issue of 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 PostTime, 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 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.  (To submit a proposal for Photography/History please click here for more details).

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, and Birkbeck College, University of London. 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 Councel, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program.


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Department of History of Science, Medicine and Technology.

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, England (Gonville and Caius College), Department of History and Philosophy of Science (British Marshall Scholar).

B.A., Stanford University (with Honors and Distinction in Human Biology and History and Philosophy of Science, with specialization in Neuropsychology of Vision, Perception and Memory & History of Art).



Associate Professor, Department of History, Wesleyan University, 2004-present; Assistant Professor (1998-2004). Affiliated to the Science in Society Program (1998-present); the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (1998-present; Chair: 2008-2009; 2011-13; 2017-19); and the College of the Environment (2015-present).

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (Victorian Studies), California Institute of Technology, 1996-98.



Senior Research Scholar, Department of Humanities, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento (UNITN), Italy, March 2020.

Senior Research Fellow, Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, England (2014-2017).

Hixon-Riggs Senior Visiting Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, 2009-2010.




Nature Exposed: Photography as Eye Witness in Victorian Science. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006 (paperback, 2013).


Books near completion

“Facing Facts: Identity and Imposture in Victorian Visual Culture” (nearly completed ms).

“Science against Industry: Pollution, Photography and the Chemical Town in Victorian Britain” (3 chapters completed; anticipated completion date, spring 2020).


Edited Books

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, forthcoming August 2019). Distributed for mass circulation by Penguin Books.

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, forthcoming).


Edited Journals

Co-editor, “Visual Archives of Sex,” Radical History Review 142, co-edited with Heike Baur, Melina Pappademos, & Katie Sutton (forthcoming Winter 2021).

Co-editor, “Political Histories of Technoscience,” Radical History Review 127, co-edited with Simon Schaffer and David Serlin (Winter 2017).

Guest Editor, “Photography and Historical Interpretation,” History and Theory 48: (Dec. 2009).


Published Journal Articles 

Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in the Victorian Chemical Trade,” International Labor and Working-Class History, special issue (“Labor Laid Waste”), ed. Kate Brown and Jacob Doherty, Spring 2019.

Introduction, “Photography/Science/Wonder,” in Focal Plane: A Journal for Photographic Educators and Students 8 (Spring 2019), 18-23.

Editor/moderator, “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, “Political Histories of Technoscience,” Radical History Review 127 (Winter 2017): 1-12.

“’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).

“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.

Eye on the Street: Photography in Urban Public Spaces,” Radical History Review, 114 (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.


Published Book Chapters & Essays

“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).

“James Forbes (1749-1819, “A View of the Ocean, Between the Tropics (1765-1800),” in Martina Droth, Nathan Flis, et al, Britain in the World: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), 64-67.

“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.

“Vision and Environmental Practices,” 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.

“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): 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.

“Foreword,” Ashgate Research Companion on Victorian Spiritualism and the Occult, eds. Tatiana Kontou and Sarah Wilburn (Aldershot: Ashgate, Fall 2012): xiii-xv.

“Entwined Practices: Engagements with Photography in Historical Inquiry,” with Tina Campt, in Tucker, ed. History and Theory 48: “Photography and Historical Interpretation”  (December 2009): 1-12.

“The ‘Social Photographic Eye,’” in Brought to Light: Photography of the Invisible, ed. Corey Keller (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

“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): 140-163.


Book Chapters in Press

“Magical Attractions: Lantern Slide Lectures at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meetings, c. 1840‐1920,” 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, in press).

“Performing and Performance in the History of Science:  Slide Lectures and the British Association for the Advancement of Science,” 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, in press).

“Photography in the Making of Modern Science,” Handbook of Photography Studies, ed. Gil Pasternak (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, in press).

Recent Book and Film Reviews

Film Review: “One Night in 2012” (2016), Nationalities Papers, Vol. 46, Issue 2 (January 2018).

Review of Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom, by Wendie Ellen Schneider, reviewed for Journal of British Studies (October 2017): 925-27.

Review of Meeting Places: Scientific Congresses and Urban Identity in Victorian Britain by Louise Miskell (Ashgate, 2013), for Victorian Studies (Spring 2016).

Review of 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.

Review of The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, The Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919, by Jill Galvan, for Technology and Culture 53 (January 2012): 213-214.

Review of 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.


Other Publications

How the NRA Hijacked History: The Second Amendment was intended to be compatible with robust regulations of weaponry,” Washington Post (“Made in History”), 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, and others.

It’s No Downton Abbey, But It’s Just as Much a Part of English History,” History News Network, June 12, 2018. Picked up as a story 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.

Facial Recognition Goes Way Back,” 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.



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 for WNRP’s program “Where We Live”: “Responding to the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas,” Oct. 2, 2017.

Interviewed by Emalie Marthe for Vice magazine (Feb. 18, 2017) about Victorian women and myths of spiritualism, love and sex.

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.



National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award, 2016.

James L. McConaughy Public Writing Prize, Wesleyan University, 2015.

US-UK Fulbright Scholar Award in the History of Art at the University of York, England, January-July, 2014.

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.



Durham University Residential Research Library Fellowship, Durham University, UK, June 2020.

Department of Humanities, Università degli Studi di Trento, “Memory with a Mirror:  Tracing Photography and Victorian Mental Sciences through Literature, Medicine and Law,” March 2020.

Visiting Research Fellowship, Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA., February 2020.

Visiting Fellowship, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, January 2020.

Senior Guest Lecturer, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra, AU, Sept. 4-8, 2018.

Senior Visiting Scholar Research School of Humanities and Arts, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2018.

Visiting Senior Fellow, The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University College, London, Spring 2016.

Senior Visiting Faculty Fellow, Humanities Research Centre (“Global Languages” workshop), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, May 15-June 30, 2015.

British Academy-Huntington Library Fellowship, Summer 2011.

Curran Fellowship for Study of the Victorian Press, Summer 2011.

Faculty Fellow, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Fall 2005.

Faculty Research Fellow, Yale Center for British Art, Fall 2003.



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).

Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research, Wesleyan, 2001.

Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University, 1995.



Editorial Roles

Editorial Board Member (Co-Chair, 2017-present), Radical History Review journal (Duke University Press).

Co-editor, Photography, History: History, Photography monograph series with Bloomsbury Academic Publishing (with Elizabeth Edwards and Patricia Hayes)

Image Editor, History and Technology (Fall 2011- 2019).

Editorial Advisory Board Member, “Science/Technology/Culture” series, University of Massachusetts Press (2009-2015).



Invited panelist, “New Perspectives on the History of British Science from the 17th to the 19th Centuries,” University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 23-24 May 2020.

Plenary speaker, “Victorian Truth, Investigation, and Mystery,” Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) annual meeting, Chicago, ILL, April 24, 2020.

Plenary speaker, “Living with Machines: Images of the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company from the CT State Archive,” Coltsville Historic Park, organized by the National Park Service and the Organization of American Historians, Hartford, CT. April 23, 2020.

Invited talk, “Memory with a Mirror:  Tracing Photography and Victorian Mental Sciences through Literature, Medicine and Law,” Department of Humanities, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento (UNITN), Italy, March 2020.

University of Connecticut History of Science Reading Group, Storrs, Dec. 5, 2019.

“Collecting the Future, Imagining the Past,” Center for Humanities Talk, Wesleyan, Nov. 11, 2019.

“Living with Machines,” Keynote presentation, Science Museums Research Group (Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum), Manchester, England, Nov. 5, 2019.

Guest panelist, Kavli Conversation on Science Communication with award-winning National Geographer photographer Lynn Johnson at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, moderated by Wall Street Journal staff science journalist, Robert Lee Hotz. NYU, Oct. 29, 2019.

Moderated book panel discussion on A Right to Bear Arms? hosted by Amy Chazkel (Columbia Univ) at Book Culture bookstore, New York, October 24, 2019.

“Visual ecologies,” Invited speaker, Art and Architecture Dept Graduate Student Lecture series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., October 22, 2019.

Presenter, Mini-conference, “Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair (1820),” Yale Law School, Law Panel, Oct. 4, 2019.

“Dangerous Exposures: Victorian Cameras as Health Hazard,” History Department, Brown University, Providence, R.I., September 26, 2019.

“Arming Society with Cameras: The Interlocked Histories of Photography and Gun Manufacture and Mass Advertisement,” “The Business of Photography” conference, Photographic History Research Centre, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK, June 17-19, 2019.

“Load, Point, and Shoot: Guns and Cameras and the Black Boxes of History,” History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London, March 26, 2019.

“Exhibiting History of Firearms in Museums: UK v. US Perspectives,” Centre for Museum Cultures, Birkbeck College, University of London, Gordon Square, London, March 25, 2019.

“British Baronet – or Australian Outlaw? Inter-cultural Exchanges, Narratives of Difference, and Contested Identities in the Celebrated Tichborne Claimant Affair,” Relating Difference(s): Migrating Subjects, Inter-Cultural Exchanges, Literary Formations,” AISAO International Symposium, University of Trento, Trento, Italy, March 21-22, 2019.

“Victorian Environmentalism and Labor History,” Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Feb. 1, 2019.

“Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in Victorian Photography and the Chemical Trades,” Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 15, 2018.

“The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World,” Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 4-8 September, 2018.

“Exhibiting History of Firearms in Museums,” “Arsenals of History” conference, Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, Wyoming, May 21-23, 2018.

“Interdisciplinary Research, Academia, and Public History,” Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence, University of Warwick, UK, 7 June 2018.

“Dangerous Exposures: Work and Waste in the Victorian Chemical Trade, “Cultural Histories of Air and Illness” conference, University of Warwick, 7-9 June, 2018.

“Chemical Exposure: The Victorian Akali Industry and the Future of Photography,” History of Medicine Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Oct. 5, 2017.

“New faces of privacy: Trans-Atlantic historical and legal perspectives on the circulation of facial images in the media, 1870-1970,” “After Post Photography” conference, The European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 18, 2017.

Humphrey Jennings’ ‘Pandaemonium’ project,’ Paul Mellon Art Centre, London, Nov. 30, 2016.

“Imagining the Future, Collecting the Past,” Center for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Univ. of Manchester, Nov. 22, 2016.

“Visual Gateways,” Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 21-22, 2016.

“Historical Narrative and Victorian Visual Culture,” Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, University of Durham, England, June 7, 2016.

“Photography and Writing History,” Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, March 23, 2016.

“The Photograph from Wagga Wagga That Changed British Law,” Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. May 28, 2015.

“New Visual and Material Approaches to the Study of Global Language,” Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, AU. May 19, 2015.

“The British Association for the Advancement of Science: The Role of Institutions in the Transformation of Popular Science in Britain, 1831-1931, “Popularizing Science East and West” symposium, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 26-29, 2015.

“Going Viral: How Popular Media Changed Scientific Photography,” “Hybrid Photography: Intermedial Practices in Science and Humanities since 1800,” Humboldt University, Berlin, German (The Technical Image Project), February 19-21, 2015.

“Current Research in Photographic History,” The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, Nov. 18-20, 2014.

“The Visual Culture of the Victorian Alkali Industry,” Nov. 17, 2014, Department of Art History, European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia.

“How Well Do Photographs Travel? Reflections on Photographs as Moving Images,” Annual Conference of the Photographic History Research Centre, “Exchanging Photographs, Constructing Knowledge,” De Montfort University, Leicester, England, June 21, 2014.

“The BAAS and British Visual Culture,” Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK, May 8, 2014.

“Caricature and the Social Order: Reading Popular Prints, 1850-1880,” Literature and Cultural History Research Seminar, Liverpool John Moore University, Mar. 18, 2014.

“Body of Facts,” Birkbeck Joint Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century and Photographic History Workshop, Birkbeck College, University of London, March 4, 2014.



Conference Organizer

Chair, Shasha Seminar, “Guns and American Society,” Wesleyan University, Oct. 27-28, 2017. 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. 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, curated by Prof. Susanne Slavick (Carnegie Mellon University), October, 2017.

Organizer and Co-Chair, “Firearms and the Common Law Tradition” Symposium, The Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C headquarters, Dupont Circle., 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, “Science a Moving Image,” Hixon-Riggs Public Forum for Responsive Science, Technology and Society, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, Spring 2010: A series of talks, roundtables, 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.

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.


Conference session chair/participant

Participant, “Voyages of Discovery on Oceans of Air: The Aerial Explorer in Victorian Science,” Aerial Imagination, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, April 26-27, 2019.

Participant, “Weapons of Mass Pollution: Health, Hazards, and the British Environment, 1850-1950,” American Society for Environmental Society 2019 Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Chair/Facilitator, “Interpreting Firearms in Museums in the 21st Century,” National Council on Public History annual meeting, Hartford, CT, March 27-30, 2019.

Participant, “Epistemologies of Epidemic Images,” 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.



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; colonial Australian history; visual cultures of knowledge; gender, science and technology; law and society; public history and material culture.

Courses taught

Issues and Methods in Contemporary Historiography (required course for history majors)

Modern Britain, 1688-Present

Seeing a Bigger Picture: British Environmental History and Visual Culture

Media Revolutions: Color Television and the Humanities in the 1960s and 1970s
Photography and Law: Obscenity, Surveillance, Privacy, Trespass, Property & Evidence
Streets of Victorian London
Victorian Science, Medicine and Technology Gender and Technology: Historical Perspectives
Gender & Sexuality in Modern Europe
H.G. Wells
British Law & Colonial Policy Seminar
History of Western Science and Technology Survey
Fact and Artifact: Visual Persuasion, Law, and Public Policy
Visualizing Nation and Empire: 20th century British Documentary Film
Looking for an Icon: Ten Photographs That Shook the World
Gender, Race and Health: European Historical Topics
Intro to Feminist Science and Technology Studies
Science and Sexuality in Edwardian Britain
Social and Cultural Practices of Science
Life Science, Art and Culture
Searching for Life on Mars: Antiquity to Today
Histories of Evidence
Gorilla Warfare: Images from the Evolution Debate, from Lamarck to the Present.
18th-19th century Australian History seminar

Doctoral 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.

Assisted with review of applications for the annual Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary
Junior Scholars Workshop, University of Pennsylvania (2015).

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.




Interim Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life (Fall 2012-13). Helped the administration devise and implement strategies for a strategic vision. Organized campus and public events.

Chair, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (2008-2009; 2011-13; Interim Chair, 2017-19) 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.


Faculty Advisory Board Member, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan (Fall 2017-).

Task Force, University Copyright and Fair Use Practices, Olin Library Committee (Spring 2019)

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- )



History Department

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

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