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Recent Graduate Placement

Prior to 2009, graduate students admitted to SHC all entered through the History Department. Since then, the SHC program has expanded to welcome students through all the humanities and social science departments.


Alexandra Naeme ( Ph.D., Political Science; advisor Mary Dietz).  Currently postdoctoral fellow in Thinking Matters Program, Stanford University.  Field: Political theory and science studies.  In 2017-18, held grant from the International Center for the Humanities, UCSB.  Dissertation: "Truth in the Milieu of Politics: Knowledge, Authority and Democratic Freedom."



Savina Balasubramanian (Ph.D., Sociology). Currently is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University.

Marcel Knudsen (Ph.D., Sociology)

Alka Menon (Ph.D., Sociology). Curently is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

Jaimie Morse (Ph.D. Sociology; advisor Steven Epstein).  Currently postdoctoral fellow in Public Health, Yale University; beginning in 2019, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz.  Field: Sociology of science/medicine.  Winner SSRC grant; Northwestern Presidential Fellowship.  Dissertation: "Technologies of Bearing Witness: The Politics of Knowledge Production, Commemoration, and Memory Formation in the Context of Mass Atrocities." 

Stefan Volger (Ph.D., Sociology) Fields: Sociology. Dissertation: Ruling Sexuality: Law, Expertise, and the Making of Sexual Knowledge. Currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Irvine.

Christina Young (Ph.D., Clinicial Psychology)


Kellie Owens (Ph.D., Sociology). Fields: Science and Technology Studies; Sociology of Medicine; Gender Studies. Dissertation: Too Much of a Good Thing: Risk Perception and Practice Variation in Contemporary American Childbirth. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.


Catherine Clepper (Ph.D., Screen Cultures). Fields: RTVF; Screen Cultures. Dissertation: The Rigged House: Gimmicky, Exhibition, and Embodies Spectatorship in Mid-Century American Movie-Going".

Gemma Mangione (Ph.D., Sociology)

Aileen Robinson (Ph.D., Theater Studies; advisor Tracy Davis).  Currently Assistant Professor in Performance and Theater Studies, Stanford University.  Field: Victorian Magic and Science.  Winner of grants from the SSRC, the NSF and the American Society for Theater Research.  Dissertation: "Technological Wonder: The Theatrical Fashioning of Scientific Knowledge, 1780-1905." 


Mary Beth Finch  (Ph.D., Sociology)

Jessica Koski (Ph.D., Sociology) Fields: Science and technology studies; sociology of law; social movements. Dissertation: Human Rights and the Warming World: Knowing Change as a Socio-Legal Problem. Currently an Associate Organizing Representative on the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign in Seattle, WA.

Adam Plaiss (Ph.D., History).  Field: American technology.  Co-winner of 2010 Romani Prize for best first-year paper for “The Creation of the American Road/Map System," published in Technology and History.  Winner of the 2011-12 Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize for best Teaching Assistant.  Dissertation: "The Rise of Technological Citizenship: Infrastructure in Progressive Era America."

Cassidy Puckett (Ph.D., Sociology)


Christine Wood (Ph.D., Sociology)


Teri Chettiar (Ph.D. History; advisor Alex Owen).  Currently Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne-  Field: Modern British history and psychology.  Book manuscript in press: The Psychiatric Family: How Private Life Became Political in Welfare-State Britain (Chicago [2020]).

Anne Koenig (Ph.D., History) Fields: Medieval Germany and medical/mental history. Dissertation: "Out of Their Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in late Medieval Germany." Currently, a tenure-track assistant professor position in the History Department at South Florida University.

Stacy Lom (Ph.D., Sociology) Field: Sociology of medicine. Dissertation: "Sometimes Less Is More": The Development and Effects of Evaluative Cultures."

Rachel Plotnick (Ph.D., Media, Technology and Society, School of Communications) Field: History of technology and communication studies. Dissertation: "Signal and Switch: A Cultural History of the Push-Button Interface." Currently, a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Ignacio Siles  (Ph.D., Media, Technology and Society; advisor Pablo Boczkowski.  Currently Professor of Communication Studies, University of Costa Rico.  Book based on dissertation: Networked Selves: The Trajectories of Blogging in the United States and France (Peter Lang, 2017).


Bernard Geoghegan (Ph.D., School of Communication; advisor Sam Weber).  Currently Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Digital Media, King's College, London.  Field: history of the information sciences.  Winner of Javits fellowship; Sciences Politique fellowship.  Dissertation: “The Cybernetic Apparatus: Media, Liberalism, and the Rise of Global Technics.” 

Elizabeth Lenaghan (Ph.D., Media, Technology and Society, School of Communications) Field: Communication studies, history of technology. Dissertation: "Print Matters: Collecting Physical Books in a Digital Age." Currently a lecturer in the WCAS Writing Program, Northwestern University.


Genevieve Carlton (Ph.D., History; advisor Ed Muir).  Formerly tenured Associate Professor of History, University of Louisville.  Currently professional writer and historical novelist.  Field: Early modern Italian culture and cartography.  Book based on dissertation: Worldly Consumers: The Demand for Maps in Renaissance Italy (Chicago, 2015).

William Cavert (Ph.D., advisor Ethan Shagan).  Currently Assistant Professor of History, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn.  Field: Early modern British environmental history.  Book based on dissertation: The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City (Cambridge, 2016); winner of 2017 Whitfield Prize from The Royal Historical Society; John Ben Snow Prize in History from the North American Conference on British Studies; The Turku Prize in Environmental History from the European Society for Environmental History

J. Lynn Gazley (Ph.D., Sociology) Field: Sociology of medicine. Currently Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of New Jersey.

Darcy Hughes Heuring (Ph.D., advisor Alex Owen).  Currently Associate Director and Earl S. Johnson Instructor, Masters of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago.  Field: Modern British and colonial medicine.  Dissertation: “Colonial Health and the Responsibilities of Empire: Great Britain, American Philanthropy, and the Problem of ‘Improvement’ in the Early Twentieth-Century British West Indies.”

Meghan Roberts (Ph.D., History; advisor Sarah Maza).  Currently Associate Professor, Department of History, Bowdoin College.  Field: French Enlightenment and science.  Winner of Javits Fellowship; Northwestern Presidential Fellowship.  Book based on dissertation: Living Proof: Intellectual Families and Knowledge Making in Enlightenment France (Chicago, 2017).

Andrew Wehrman (Ph.D., History) Field: Early America, history of medicine. Dissertation: “The Contagion of Liberty: Medicine, Class, and Popular Politics in the American Revolution.” Currently Assistant Professor in History at Marietta College.


Elise Lipkowitz (Ph.D., History).  Currently Science Policy Analyst, NSF Board of Overseers; formerly AAAS Fellow, and Michigan Society of Fellows, 2009-13.  Field: Eighteenth-century Atlantic science.  Winner of 2003 Romani Prize; NSF dissertation research grant.  Dissertation: “The Sciences Are Never at War?: The Scientific Republic of Letters in the Era of the French Revolution, 1789-1815," under contract at University of Chicago Press.


Matthew Kane Sterenberg (Ph.D., History) Field: Modern Britain, history of science. Dissertation: "The Waste Land, Middle Earth, and the Morris Mini: Mythic Thinking and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Britain." Currently Assistant Professor of European History in the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan.


Guy Ortolano (Ph.D., History; advisor T. W. Heyck).  Currently Associate Professor of History, New York University.  Field: Modern British culture and science.  Winner of Frankel Fellowship; British Union Fellowship; de Karman fellowship; Northwestern Presidential Fellowship.  Book based on dissertation: The Two-Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature, and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain (Cambridge, 2009).


Alison Pion (Ph.D. History) Field: Modern British social and medical history. Dissertation: “Progressive Thought and the Rhetoric of Reproduction in Late Victorian Britain.”


Christopher Tassava (Ph.D., History).  Currently Adjunct Professor, Carleton College, Minnesota.  Field: Twentieth-century American technology.  Winner 1998 Romani Prize; Frankel Fellowship.  Dissertation: “Launching a Thousand Ships: Entrepreneurs, War Workers, and the State in American Shipbuilding, 1940-1945.”


Karl Appuhn (Ph.D., advisor Ed Muir).  Currently Associate Professor of History, New York University.  Field: Early modern European environmental.  Book based on dissertation: A Forest on the Sea: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins, 2009); winner of Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from AHA, Weyerhaeuser Prize for best book in conservation history, and the Delmas Prize for best book in Venetian studies.

Dario Gaggio (Ph.D., History).  Currently Professor, Department of History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Field: European social history and technology.  Winner of 1993 Romani Prize; Italian government fellowship.  Book based on dissertation: In Gold We Trust: Social Capital and Economic Change in the Italian Jewelry Towns (Princeton, 2007).


Katharine Anderson (Ph.D., History) Field: Modern British history of science. Book based on dissertation: Predicting the Weather: Victorians and the Science of Meteorology (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Currently Associate Professor of History, York University, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Kiely (Ph.D. History) Field: Early modern European history of science. Dissertation title: “The Architect in the Alembic: Chemistry, Neoplatonism, and Religion in Seventeenth Century English Generation Theory.” Currently Assistant Professor of History, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

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