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History of Science and Science Studies at NYU

NYU has assembled a rapidly-growing group of faculty specializing in the history of science and science studies. These scholars use a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to investigate critical issues of the development, meaning, practice, and social significance of science. Their work is supported by several different schools and departments at NYU. The new Science and Society Minor brings together their teaching, and research projects are discussed with city-wide scholars at the NYC History of Science Working Group.



Peder Anker

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

history of science, ecology, and environmentalism; history of design; environmental philosophy

Karl Appuhn

Department of History

environmental history, history of science, technology and medicine, history of animals, Mediterranean history, Italian Renaissance.


Jonathan Bain

Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU Tandon

philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, foundational issues in quantum field theory and general relativity.

Finn Brunton

Steinhardt School

digital humanities, history of technology, STS, "dead media", Internet culture, network politics; privacy, anonymity, encryption; intellectual history, philosophy and critical theory

Gene Cittadino

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

history of ecology and environmental thought, role of science in culture, environmental policy

Stefanos Geroulanos

Department of History

history of science, history of medical concepts, Modern European Intellectual History; French and German Thought

Ethan Harkness

Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Department of East Asian Studies

Chinese science, history of writing, science and religion

Alexander Jones

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

history and transmission of the mathematical sciences, Babylonian and Greco-Roman astronomy and astrology, material culture of Hellenistic astronomy

Emily Martin

Department of Anthropology

anthropology of science and medicine, gender, cultures of the mind, emotion and rationality, history of psychiatry and psychology, US culture and society


Mara Mills

Department of Media, Culture, and Communications, Steinhardt School

history of science and technology; disability studies

Lauren Minsky

NYU Abu Dhabi

history of science, technology, and medicine in the Indian Ocean world

Ann Morning

Department of Sociology

sociology of knowledge, sociology of science, concepts of race in science

Guy Ortolano

Department of History

science in the public culture; science and literature; history of the social sciences; historiography (especially modern Britain)

Rayna Rapp

Department of Anthropology

gender, reproduction, health and culture, science and technology, United States and Europe

Matthew Stanley

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

history of physics and astronomy, science and religion, science teaching

Justin K. Stearns

NYU Abu Dhabi

History of Islamic Medicine and Science, Science and Religion.

Michael Strevens

Department of Philosophy

philosophy of science, complex systems, philosophical applications of cognitive science