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Graduate Study in History of Science,Technology, Environment, and Health

History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Health

Coordinators: Professor James Delbourgo, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Professor Neil Maher, NJIT/Rutgers-Newark

The STEH program is one of several transnational areas of concentration in the Ph.D. History program. The history of science, technology, the environment, and health draws together History faculty from each of the Rutgers campuses (Rutgers New Brunswick, Rutgers Newark, and Rutgers Camden), NJIT and related Centers, including the Thomas Edison Papers and IEEE.

The STEH program draws Ph.D. students from all areas of historical study. It encourages students to develop a thematic expertise in environmental transformations, technology in society, and health and disease -- their social meanings, their cultural relations, their political and social histories, their national and global contexts.

STEH Seminar Series - see past and upcoming STEH Seminars

Faculty Participating in the STEH Program

Barbara Cooper

History of Motherhood, Fertility, Reproduction, West Africa

James Delbourgo

Atlantic world; early modern science; Enlightenment

Ann Fabian

American social and cultural history; Natural History

Janet Golden

Pediatrics; Women and Medicine in America

Paul Israel

Innovation and Intellectual Property; American Social History

Toby Jones

Middle East, Global Technoscience, Environment

Xun Liu

Religion, Medicine, and Material Culture in China

Neil Maher

Environmental History; Social and Political History

Margaret Marsh

Reproductive Medicine and Technology; Women's History

Stephen Pemberton

Medicine, Biomedical Science & Technology, Health and Disease

Jamie Pietruska

Technology and Environment in America; Information Networks

Beryl Satter

Gender, Science, and Technology; Social History of Medicine

Richard Sher

Technology, Printing and Communication

Gail Triner

Modern Latin American History, Environmental History, Brazil, Economic History

 

STEH Graduate Students

Zachary Bennett
Atlantic World and Early America
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Zachary received his B.A. from Northern Michigan University and his M.A. from Miami University of Ohio.  His interests center on environmental and economic history in colonial North America and the early United States.  Current research projects analyze rivers as contested geographical spaces where cultures articulate competing notions of political economy and property rights.

Sara Black
Modern European History
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Sara completed her B.A. in European studies and music from the College of William and Mary in 2009.  She is a fifth year PhD student with a major field in modern European history and a minor field in global and comparative history.  Focusing on morphine, hashish, opium, ether, chloroform and cocaine, her dissertation explores the interwoven medical and cultural histories of mind-altering drugs in nineteenth-century France. By examining these substances in the context of criminal proceedings, psychological therapeutics, ideas and practices of sex and sexuality, surgical and obstetric anesthesia, and amateur and professional self-experimentation, her dissertation argues that psychotropic substances played a crucial role in the development of modern French subjectivities within a rapidly expanding pharmaceutical economy.

Christopher Blakley
Colonial, STEH, Early Modern European History
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Christopher received his MA in History from North Carolina State University, 2013, and his BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2011. His fields of study are early America, history of science, and environmental history. His research interests revolve around the overlapping trajectories of scientific knowledge production, imperial power, and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World in the early modern period. He is currently investigating Mark Catesby’s itinerary across southeastern North America and the Bahamas, 1722-1726, for the Networks of Exchange seminar at the RCHA. This project investigates why joint-stock companies, colonial governments, learned societies, and evangelical missions sponsored geographic and ethnographic research in North America.

AJ Blandford
United States,STEH
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Rachel Bunker
Women's and Gender History, American, STEH
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Hilary Buxton
Modern European History, Britain,Empire, Women’s and Gender
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Hilary received her B.A. in History from Smith College in 2011.  She is currently a fourth year doctoral student at Rutgers studying nineteenth and twentieth century body politics, gender, and medicine within the British Empire.  Her dissertation project explores race, rehabilitation, and the politics of healing non-white Commonwealth troops in the Great War and its aftermath.

Raechel Lutz
United States, STEH
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Raechel earned her B.A. in History and Art History from Ithaca College in 2007. While working at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ, she earned her M.A. in History from Rutgers University - Newark in 2010. Currently a third year Ph.D. student, Raechel's research explores the intersections between nature, work, and identity in the U.S.

Taylor Moore
Middle Eastern History, Women's and Gender History
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Taylor received her BA in Honors Political Science and Sociology, specializing in Middle East Politics, from the American University in Cairo. Currently a second-year student in the doctoral program, her interests revolve around histories of the body, ‘technologies of the self,’ and the intersections of race and sexuality in the production of subjectivities, particularly with regards to processes of heterosocialization, in the Middle East and North Africa. Her most recent research explores how ‘modern’ notions of beauty and desirability were promoted through the racialization and “fashioning” of bodies in cosmetic and clothing advertisements in early 20th century Egypt.

Marika Plater
American History, STEH
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Marika is a second year doctoral student at Rutgers after receiving a B.A. from Bard College in 2008 and an M.A. from Brooklyn College in 2013. Marika is interested in U.S. environmental history, particularly in diverse and divergent ideas about nature in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century New York City.

David Reid
American History, modern Mexico
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David earned a BA in Spanish and History from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an MA in History from York University in Toronto. His dissertation examines Mexican water politics in the Cold War, focusing on a dispute between Mexico and the United States over salt contamination in the Colorado River in the 1960s and early 70s. It explores environment, infrastructure, and economic development in statecraft and the links between local, national, and international politics.

Kristoffer Shields
Cultural History, History of Technology
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Raised in Florida, Kris has bounced around the Northeast since attending Yale University and receiving his B.A. in American Studies in 1997. He later received a J.D. from NYU and practiced law for just over two years before returning to academia. Kris studies legal and cultural history, particularly focusing on the relationship between famous trials and American culture. His current work examines a series of famous trials in the 1920s, analyzing their relationship to developing media technologies and changing cultural ideas about morality.

Ryan Tate
American History,Women's and Gender, labor, social
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Ryan Tate is a second-year Ph.D. student studying the 20th Century United States. His interests range widely in U.S. social politics; culture and society; political economy; labor and work; and families and domesticities. His current research focuses on the New Deal and mid-century Farm Bloc, looking at broad transformations in commodity systems, rural culture, and the Cold War politics around the “family farm." He completed his B.A. in honors history at Hamline University.

Adam Wolkoff
United States History, African-American History
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Adam is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the history department. He earned a B.A. in History from Columbia University in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Combining legal and cultural history, his dissertation analyzes how multiple sources of property law shaped the development of rural and urban landscapes in the nineteenth century United States. He focuses on patterns of conflict and cooperation between landlords, tenants, and their creditors that emerged with the spread of free labor and the rise of commercial agriculture. Prior to attending Rutgers, he worked as a judicial law clerk and as a public sector consultant.  He has published articles on the history of public housing and on historic preservation programs.

 

LINKS to PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

RESOURCES

Links to RU Library Search engines for History of Science and Technology, IRIS, JSTOR, and ArchiveGrid.  Links to WorldCat and the National Library of Medicine.

The Wellcome Library (London, UK)--Collections of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.

The National Science Digital Library Gateways and Resources -- portals, sites, and resources devoted to many eras of the history of science and the history of technology.

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