Curriculum vitae

Jennifer Tucker



Ph.D. Department of History of Science, Medicine and Technology,
Johns Hopkins University. [PhD Supervisor: Judith Walkowitz].

M.Phil., British Marshall Scholar, University of Cambridge, England,
Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Gonville and Caius College).
[MPhil supervisor: Simon Schaffer]

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 and History of Art). [Thesis advisor: Peter Galison]


Associate Professor, Department of History, Wesleyan University.
Member of the Science in Society Program (core), Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (core); and the College of the Environment (affiliated)


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.

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



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

Books in preparation

“Facing Facts: Photography, Popular Culture, and Facial Recognition Identity in Victorian Law” (nearly completed ms, submission date November 2018).

Science Against Industry: Pollution, Photography and the Chemical Town in Victorian Britain” (in preparation; Intro and 3 chapters completed).

Edited Books

The Right to Bear Arms: Historical Perspectives and the Debate on the Second Amendment, ed. Tucker et al (Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, in production).

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 2019).

Editor of Special Journal Issues

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

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

Journal Articles (*refereed)

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.

*“’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.

Book Chapters

“Introduction,” in The Right to Bear Arms: Historical Perspectives and the Debate on the Second Amendment, ed., Tucker et al (Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, in production).

“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,” History and Theory 48 (December 2009): 1-12, with Tina Campt.

“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.

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN SUBMISSION (under review and/or accepted and forthcoming)

“Uncovering Hidden Potential: Anton Pannekoek, Popular Astronomy, and Scientific
Socialism,” in Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960): Ways of Viewing Science and Society (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, in press).

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

“Lantern Slide Lectures and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1850‐1950,” A Million Pictures, edited by Frank Kessler, Sabine Lenk and Martin Loiperdinger (Utrecht: KINTOP Studies in Early Cinema, accepted/forthcoming 2019).

“Visual Ecologies,” in Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture, ed. Marvin Heiferman (New York: Aperture, in press).

“Foreword,” Hybrid Photography, eds. Sara Hillnhütter, Stefanie Klamm, and Friedrich Tietjen (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, in press).

“Introduction,” Focal Plane, special issue on “Science and Photography,” in press.

*“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, forthcoming Spring 2019.

“Modern Day Gun-Slingers: Historical Reenactments of Old West Gunfights,” in Reenactment Case Studies: Global Perspectives on Experiential History, eds. Vanessa Agnew, Juliane Tomann and Sabine Stach (under development for submission to Routledge early spring 2019).

Editorial Roles

Editorial Board Member, Radical History Review (Co-Chair, 2017-2021).

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

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

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

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 (2000): 259-260.

Media Publications

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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

Marshall Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 1988-90.


External Visitor at the Research School of Humanities and Arts, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2018.

Center for Pedagogical Innovation Grant from the Davis Foundation to develop a project-based course. 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.

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

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

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.

British Academy-Huntington Library Fellowship, Summer 2011.

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

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.

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

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

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1999.

Social Science Research Counsel/ACLS Dissertation Award, 1993-94.


Invited speaker, “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.

Invited keynote speaker, Relating Difference(s): Migrating Subjects, Inter-Cultural Exchanges, Literary Formations – CeASUm-AISAO International Symposium, University of Trento, Trento, Italy, March 21-22, 2019.

Invited seminar speaker, “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.

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

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

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

Keynote speaker, “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, Colloquium Speaker, Oct. 5, 2017.

Keynote address, “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.

Guest speaker, “Picturing Pollution: Photography in Environmental Law Suits in Victorian Britain,” “Visual Ecologies” conference, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, May 11-12, 2017.

Guest lecture, “Picturing the Past: The Nineteenth-Century,” The Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, USC, Los Angeles, March 20, 2017.

Guest speaker, “Vision, History, and the Technological Image in Humphrey Jennings’ ‘Pandaemonium’ project (1938-1950),” Modern British History seminar, Columbia University, Feb. 23, 2017.

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

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

Guest presenter, “Humphrey Jennings’s Pandaemonium project: imaging the future and collecting the past,” Visual and Material Cultures Seminar, The Pitt Rivers Museum, Univ. of Oxford, Nov. 11, 2016.

Guest, Contemporary History & Humanities, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 18, 2016.

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

Keynote speaker, “Humphrey Jennings, Pandaemonium (1938-50), and the Technological Image,” First International LYNX Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images Conference, “Imaging the Past/Collecting the Future,” Institute for Advanced Visual Studies, Lucca, Italy, June 22-25, 2016.

Guest speaker, “Uncovering Hidden Potential: Anton Pannekoek, Popular Astronomy, and Scientific Socialism,” for “Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960): Ways of Viewing Science and Society,” Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Stedelijk Museum for Contemporary Arts, Amsterdam, 9-10 June 2016.

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

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

Guest speaker, “Picturing Modernization: Vision, Modernity, and the Technological Image in Humphrey Jennings’s Pandaemonium,” Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, March 9, 2016.

Guest lecture, “Body of Evidence: Tracing Photographic Identity in Victorian Law and Popular Culture,” for series to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA, Feb. 23, 2016.

Guest presenter, 18th and 19th century Art and Visual Culture Colloquium, History of Art Department, Yale University, Feb. 22, 2016.

Guest presenter, “New Directions in Photographic History Research,” Seminar in
History of Art Department, University College, London, Feb. 11, 2016.

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

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

Guest talk, “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, hosted by the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 26-29, 2015.

Guest Lecture, “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.

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

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

Keynote lecture, “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.

Guest speaker, “’The Biggest Man in England’: The Tichborne Trial in the Victorian Visual Imagination,” Institute of Historical Research, London, June 19, 2014.

Guest speaker, “Portrait of a Gentleman,” Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds University, England, June 4, 2014.

Guest speaker, “The Impact of Science Institutions on Victorian Visual Culture,” Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, Wales, May 21, 2014.

Guest speaker, “Victorian Comic Images, Law and Social Order,” Victoria and Albert Museum, London, May 13, 2014.

Guest speaker, “’The Biggest Man in England’”: Photographic Celebrity,” Department of History of Art, University of York, England, May 12, 2014.

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

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

Guest speaker, “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.

Invited talk, “Historians and Photographic Evidence,” Photographic History Graduate Seminar, Department of History of Art, University of York, February 28, 2014.

Invited speaker, “Technology Studies, Feminist Studies, and Visual Culture,” Women’s Union, Pomona College, Oct. 14, 2009.

Invited speaker, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Brought to Light: Photographs of the Invisible, 1840-1900.” Dec.14, 2008.


Organizer, Shasha Seminar, Wesleyan University, “Guns and American Society,” 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,” The Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C., Sept. 14-15, 2016.

Co-organizer (with Laura Kalba, Smith College) of a Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) grant for organizing a national symposium, Visual Studies and the Liberal Arts, held at 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.”

Organized “Science a Moving Image,” Hixon-Riggs Public Forum for Responsive Science, Technology and Society, 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, “Eye of History: The Camera as Witness,” Wesleyan, 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. For the full listing of events, visit

Conference participation

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

Invited Conference participant, “Ecologies of Industrialization: How Victorians Dealt with the Costs of Progress.” Invited talk for 3rd International Modernization Forum (IMF 2019), China Hall of Science & Technology, Beijing, May 24-26, 2019.

Invited Conference participant, “Aerial Imaginations,” Yale University, April 26-27, 2019.

Panelist, “Weapons of Mass Pollution: Health, Hazards, and the British Environment, 1850-1950,” American Society for Environmental Society 2019 Conference, Columbus, Ohio, April 10-14, 2019.

Guest speaker, “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.

Conference participant, “Writing History in the Age of Photography: The Victorian Age,” Past and Present conference, University of Birmingham, May 30-31, 2018.

Conference participant, “Taking a Shot: Historical Entanglements of Guns and Cameras,” “Photography: The Black Box of History,” Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Mar. 15-17, 2018.

Panel presenter, “Nineteenth-century Lantern Slide Scientific Education,” “The Art and Materiality of the Scientific Image,” Symposium on “Making Looking: Science, Photography, and the Circulation of Printed Media,” Photographic Memory Workshop, Yale University, April 13-14, 2018.

Panelist, “Performing and Performance in the History of Science: Slide Lectures and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1850‐1950”, ‘A Million Pictures: History, Archiving, and Creative Re-Use of Educational Magic Lantern Slides’ Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 29 Aug.–1 Sept, 2017.

Panelist, ‘Humphrey Jennings as Visual Observer’, Mass Observation 80th Anniversary Conference at the University of Sussex, Brighton, 10th-11th July 2017.

Panelist, “Same Geography, Different Photography,” in “Diverse Migrations: Photography Out of Bounds,” Annual conference of the Photographic History Research Centre, June 19-20, 2017, Leicester, UK.

Panel Co-chair with Dr. Olesya Turkina (St. Petersburg State University), “Film and other forms of photographic life,’ for ‘After Post Photography’ conference, The European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 19, 2017.

Presenter, “Transatlantic historical and legal perspectives on the circulation of facial images in the media, 1890-1940,” at “Law and Photography: Mugshots, Passports, and Portraiture,” Birkbeck College and London School of Economics, July 2, 2016.

Round-table organizer, “Photography: Between Anthropology and History,” Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, June 20-21, 2016.

Panelist, “Around the World in 8 Papers: Itineraries for a History of Photography Beyond the Western Canon,” Study Day sponsored by The Photographic Seminar (Centre for Visual Studies, Dept of History of Art, and Bodleian Libraries), University of Oxford, May 10, 2016.

Presenter, “Accidental Archives: The Elusive Visual Image in the Writing of History,” for the “Photographic Archives” symposium at the Getty Research Institute and Huntington Library, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 25-26, 2016. [On the changing nature and significance of private and public photographic collections for the writing of history in the digital age, and the methods that contemporary historians are using to approach photographic archives in a variety of repositories.]

Panel presenter, “Seeing a Bigger Picture: Integrating Environmental History and Visual Studies,” European Society for Environmental History, Versailles, France, June 30-July 3, 2015.

Co-presenter, “Photographic Archives” (with Professor Jane Lydon), History Department, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, May 29, 2015.

Presenter, “Visualizing Modernization in the British Historical Imaginary,” “Modernization in China and the West: Comparative Perspectives,” Forum sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and History and Theory journal, Guilin, China, May 9-11, 2015.

Presenter, “Thinking Through the Sources,” A Symposium in Honor of Judith Walkowitz, Department of History and Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, April 10-11, 2015.

Panel Chair, “Technologies of Identity and Knowledge Production,” “Africanizing
Technologies” conference, Wesleyan University, March 5-6, 2014.

Panel respondent, “The Photographic Event,” chaired by Martin Jay. Annual American Historical Association meeting, New York City, January 2-5, 2015.

Presenter and Chair, “Law and Visual Evidence in Victorian Chemical Climatology and Pollution Reform.” British Association for Victorian Studies Meeting (2014 Theme: “Victorian Sustainability”). University of Canterbury, Kent, England, Sept. 4-6, 2014.

Presenter, “Law and Image as Translation: Photographs and Maps Go to Court,” Institute of Advanced Study Conference on Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Durham University, England, July 15-17, 2014.

Presenter, “Photography and History,” Fulbright Scholars Forum, University of Glasgow, Scotland, July 4-6, 2014.

Presenter, “Photographic Portraiture and the Mass Image in Victorian Law and Popular Culture,” 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, “The Future of Photography and the Evolution of Science,” Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2013.

Presenter, “Cultures of Scientific Evidence,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, March 22, 2013.

Presenter, “Images, Ethics, Technology,” Annenberg School for Communication, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 30, 2012.

Presenter, “Victorian Electrotypes: Old Treasures, New Technology,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mar. 26, 2012.

Presenter, “Cartomania and Tichborne Claimant Case,” Harvard Photography and History Workshop, Cambridge, MA, December 2, 2011.

Chair and presenter, “Images, History, Technology,” Panel Convener, Society for the History of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, November 3-6, 2011.

Chair, “Bodies and Media: Reproducing and Reshaping Sexuality, Race, and Gender,”
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Amherst, MA, June 12, 2011.

Presenter, “Feminism and Science: Building Bridges for Research and Teaching Innovation.” Andrew W. Mellon 23 Collaboration Seminar, Scripps College, Jan. 4-6, 2011.

Presenter, “Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture,” Yale Center for British Art, April 10, 2009.

Presenter, “Field of Vision: Visual Culture and Modern British History,” North American Council on British Studies, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 12-14, 2010.

“New Questions and Directions in Material and Cultural Historical Work,” The
MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Sept. 24-25, 2010.

Presenter, “Home Media and their Projects,” Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, April 30 – May 1, 2010.

Presenter, “Documenting the World,” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, January 7-10, 2010.

Panel Chair, “Nineteenth-Century Science and Photographic Authenticity,” 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, “Drawing the Line: Historiographies of Art-Science Relations since C.P. Snow,” UCLA History of Science Colloquium, Oct. 2, 2009.

Presenter, “The British Artist-Naturalists at Sea: Depicting Salt-Water Fish in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,” Yale Center for British Art, Art in Context series, April 10, 2009.

Presenter, “Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture,” Public Lecture, University of Connecticut -Avery Point, Feb. 10, 2009.

Presenter, “Biopolitics of Images,” Panel Comment, Photographic Proofs: A Conference onImage, History, and Memory, Yale University, April 7-8, 2008.

Presenter, “Illuminated Visions: Artificial Light and Perception in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Panel comment, History of Science Society annual meeting, Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2007.

Presenter, “Elgar and His World: The Composer and His Laboratory,” Invited lecture, Bard Music Festival, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y, Aug. 17-19, 2007.

Presenter, “Art History and the Unseen,” Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Jan. 19-20, 2006.

Presenter, “Spirits, Art History and the Unseen.” Clark/Getty Workshop, The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Ma. Oct. 28-29, 2005.

Presenter, “Pre-Raphaelitism and Science,” Symposium to accompany the opening of the exhibition, “Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature,” Tate Britain Museum, London, 19-20 March, 2004.


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)
Seeing a Bigger Picture: British Environmental History and Visual Culture
Modern British History Survey
Britain and Empire
Photography and Law: Obscenity, Surveillance, Privacy, Trespass, and Intellectual Property, 1839 to Now
Streets of Victorian London
Victorian Science, Medicine and Technology
Gender and Technology: Historical Perspectives
Women and Gender in Modern Europe
H.G. Wells Seminar
British and Colonial Courts seminar
History of Western Science and Technology Survey
Fact and Artifact: Visual Persuasion, Law, and Public Policy
Visualizing Nation and Empire: History of 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
History of Evidence
Gorilla Warfare: Images from the Evolution Debate, from Lamarck to the Present.
Australian History seminar

Doctoral committees

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 over twenty senior honors theses and fifteen senior
essays (and external reader of over fifty theses and essays) across a range of different departments, 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.

Faculty Mentor to Watson Fellows, McNair and Mellon Fellows (2010-11; 2012-13).


Professional Committee Service

Reviewer on the Arts, Humanities, & Culture Panel at the Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) Review Meeting, University of California Research Initiatives, Research Grants Program Office, UC 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)

Faculty Advisor, Wesleyan Media Project (WMP), “Guns in Campaign Ads During 2017-2018.”

Member, Board of Directors, The Association of Firearms History and Museums, founded 2018.

Undergraduate Essay Prize Committee Member, North American Council for British Studies (NACBS), appointed Jan. 2017 (for a three-year term).

Vice President, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, representing Wesleyan University (2014-present)

Academic Committee, Wiki Science Photography Competition, hosted by University of Tartu, Estonia, Nov.-Dec. 2017.

Planning Committee, Science and Technology Studies in the Liberal Arts, Andrew W. Mellon 23, Workshop Organizing Committee, Vassar College, April 20-21, 2013.

Member, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts, Draper Center for Civic Engagement, Pomona College, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2013.

Scholarly Advisory Committee Member, Medical Heritage Library Project, Center for the History of Medicine, Harvard University Medical School. [Member of a board offering input into an international digital library collaboration between Harvard University Medical School, the Wellcome Library, UCL (University College London), the University of Leeds, the University of Glasgow, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, and the University of Bristol along with the libraries of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.]


Chairs/Director Experience

Interim Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life (Fall 2012-13). Appointed to help the administration devise and implement strategies for a strategic vision for the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

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.

University Service

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

Faculty Advisory Board Member, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan (Fall 2015- ).

Review and Appeals Board (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)

Review and Appeals Board (2010-2013)

First Year Initiatives Committee (2010-2011)

Search Committee for new Director of the Davison Art Center (Fall 2004)

Advisory (University Tenure and Promotion) Committee, elected member (2001-03).


History Department

Chair, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in Gender and African History (History Department, 2012-2013).

Search Committee for Tenure-Track Position in History of Modern Science (2007-2008).

Faculty Advisor for Gender and History, History Department (2005-Present)

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Search Committee for Associate or Full Professor /Chair, Fall 2013.

Core Member and Faculty Advisor since 1998. Advised majors, worked with students and faculty to lay plans for a new FGSS minor.

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

Affiliated member

Instructor, Group Research Tutorial in Industrial Revolution and Environmental Law, 2018.

Reviewed COE Summer/Fall Applications, 2018


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.


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 WNPR’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.