Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
B.A. Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 2009
M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia, 2011
Ph.D. History of Science, Harvard University, 2018
Dani Inkpen teaches and researches the history of science with a focus on the earth and environmental sciences. In her research she examines how scientific representations of the mountain cryosphere were produced and circulated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, paying particular attention to how glaciological knowledge was shaped by engagements with mountaineering culture. Her dissertation examined the rise, fall, and re-uptake of photography as a field practice and form of evidence in glaciology during the long twentieth century. And her current project considers how colonial histories and local geopolitical legacies are reproduced in representations of the global cryosphere and in discourses about ice as a vital substance—both itself lively and as necessary for life. She is author of “The Scientific Life in the Alpine: Recreation and Moral Life in the Field,” Isis (September 2018). Inkpen holds degrees in philosophy, science and technology studies, and the history of science. Prior to coming to Gallatin, she taught in the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College and was visiting scholar in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
history of science, environmental history, science and technology studies, history of the earth sciences, mountain studies, exploration, polar studies