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Former Post-Doctoral Fellows


Hi'ilei Julia Hobart (M.A., Ph.D., Food Studies, New York University), is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Native Studies at Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Her research is broadly concerned with Indigenous foodways, Pacific Island studies, settler colonialism, urban infrastructure, and the performance of taste. Her manuscript gives the history of comestible ice in Hawai'i across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in order to investigate the sensorial and affective dimensions of Native dispossession. In particular, she is interested in how personal and political investments in coldness facilitate particular ideas about race, belonging, comfort and leisure in the Pacific.


Stefanie Graeter (M.A., Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Davis) is advancing the publication of her book manuscript Mineral Incorporations, which analyzes the science, ethics, and politics of toxic exposure in Peru and the emergent potentials for making life within worlds of extractive capitalism. She has published her research in Cultural Anthropology and E-misférica. Links to these articles, interviews and forthcoming publications, and photo and video work can be found on her website:

Fredrik Meiton (Ph.D., History, New York University) is an assistant professor of world history at the Univeristy of New Hampshire. He teaches courses in the global history of science and technology, with a particular focus on the politics of energy.


Mariana Craciun (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan-Ann Arboris currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University.  Her book project, started at Northwestern University, examines the production of knowledge in the field of mental health, and is entitled: Chasing Freud's Dream: Psychotherapy Between Science and Emotion. Advisor:  Steven Epstein.

Daniel Stolz (PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a historian of the modern Middle East, specializing in Egypt and the late Ottoman Empire. His research interests include the history of science, technology, Islam, and public finance. His first book, The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2018) shows how new institutions of astronomy shaped the modern Egyptian state as well as the emergence of new forms of Islamic piety in the early twentieth century. His current research project, Middle East Public Debt and Global Financial Knowledge, investigates the consequences of the Ottoman and Egyptian public defaults of the late nineteenth century, situating the Middle East within a global history of the rise of public debt and the forms of political and financial knowledge on which it depended.


Lukas Rieppel (Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard) is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. His book project, pursued during his fellowship at Northwestern is entitled: Assembling the Dinosaur: Money, Museums, and American Culture, 1870-1930.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Tania Munz (Ph.D., History of Science, Princeton) is currently the Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, where she oversees the fellowship program and advocates on behalf of the humanities. Her work focuses on the history of the life sciences. At Northwestern, she worked on her book, The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Dance Language, which was published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press, and served as a college adviser. Previously, she was the Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City. 
Advisor: Ken Alder

Tom Waidzunas (Ph.D. Sociology/Science Studies, UCSD) is current an associate professor of Sociology at Temple University. His book, Drawing the Straight Line: Sexual Reorientation and the Scientific Fringe, was published by the University Of Minnesota Press (November 20, 2015). 
Advisor: Steven Epstein


Dániel Margócsy (Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard) is currently a lecturer in Science, Technology and Medicine before 1800 at the University of Cambridge. His book, pursued during his fellowship at Northwestern, is entitled, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. For more information, see Advisor: Ken Alder


Lindsay Smith (Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard) is currently an assistant professor of geography & environmental studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; while completing a one-year fellowship at the American Association for the Advance of Science in Washington DC, after two years as a postdoctoral fellowship at the Society and Genetics Program at UCLA in 2010-12. Her published book is Subversive Genes: Re(con)stituting Identity, Family and Human Rights in ArgentinaHarvard University, 2008.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Tony Hazard (Ph.D., History, Temple) is currently currently an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies department with a courtesy appointment in the History department. Tony's book, launched during his postdoctoral years at Northwestern is entitled, Postwar Anti-Racism: The United States, UNESCO, and "Race," 1945-1968, was published by Palgrave in the fall of 2012.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Laura Stark (Ph.D., Sociology, Princeton) is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. Her book, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, based on her SHC postdoctoral research, was published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press.
Advisor: Chas Camic


Sokhieng Au (Ph.D., History, Berkeley) also served in 2007-08 as a visiting assistant professor in the Northwestern History Department, before joining the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as a Sommers Fellow. She is now an independent scholar. Her book, written during her postdoctoral fellowship, Mixed Medicines: Health and Culture in Colonial Cambodia was published by University of Chicago Press in 2011.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Patrick Singy (Ph.D., History, Chicago) served as fellow in the Columbia Society of Fellows from 2006-09, is affiliated with Union College, New York. His book, The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, co-editing with Steven Demazeux,  published by Springer Press in 2015.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Pauline Kusiak (Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell) is currently a government policy analyst on Africa in Washington DC. Her most recent publication is, Culture, Identity, and Information Technology in the 21st Century: Implications for U.S. National Security (BiblioGov; October 17, 2012).
Advisor:  Ken Alder/Jon Glassman


Shobita Parthasarathy (Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell) is currently an Associate Professor in the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007).
Advisor: Carol Heimer (and Ken Alder)

John Tresch (Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) is currently a Mellon Professor in Art History, History of Science and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute. His book manuscript, written during his postdoctoral fellowship, The Romantic Machine: Science and Utopian Technology in France from 1820 to 1851, was published by the University of Chicago Press in Winter 2012.
Advisor: Ken Alder


Sander Gliboff (Ph.D., History of Science, Johns Hopkins) is currently an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science Department, Indiana University, Bloomington. His book publication, based on his research as a postdoctoral fellow, is H. G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism: A Study in Translation and Transformation (MIT Press, 2008).
Advisor: Ken Alder


David Hoyt (Ph.D., History, UCLA) is an independent scholar and writer in the Chicago area.
Advisor: David Joravsky


Florence C. Hsia (Ph.D. History, University of Chicago) is a Professor of History of Science, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her publication, based on her work as a postdoctoral fellow, is Sojourners in a Strange Land: Jesuits and their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
Advisor: Ken Alder


Francesca Bordogna (Ph.D., Conceptual Foundations of Science, Chicago) is an Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, Notre Dame University. Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is William James at the Margins: Philosophy, Science, and the Geography of Knowledge (Chicago, 2008). (MIT Press, 2007).
Advisor: David Joravsky


Jeffrey Sklansky (Ph.D., History, Columbia) is a Professor of History, University of Illinois-Chicago. His book publication, based on his research as postdoctoral fellow, is The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920 (North Carolina, 2002).
Advisor: Ken Alder


Jessica Riskin (Ph.D., History, Berkeley) is a Professor of History, Stanford University. Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment (Chicago, 2002).
Advisor: Ken Alder


Ayval Ramati Leshem (Ph.D., History, UCLA) Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is Newton on Mathematics and Spiritual Purity (Kluwer, 2003).
Advisor: David Jarovsky


Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi (Ph.D., History of Consiousness, UC Santa Cruz) is currently an independent scholar. Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War (Harvard, 2005).
Advisor: Ken Alder


Mi Gyung Kim (Ph.D., History, UCLA) is a Professor of History at North Carolina State University, Charlotte. Her book publication, based on her research as a postdoctoral fellow, is Affinity, That Elusive Dream: A Genealogy of the Chemical Revolution (MIT, 2003, 2008).
Advisor: Ken Alder

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