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Meira Gold

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
(212) 992-6320
411 Laf, Room 302

Office Hours
Monday 10-12
Wednesday 2-4

B.A., Near and Middle Eastern Civilation and Archaeology, University of Toronto, 2013
M.A., Near and Middle Eastern Civilation, University of Toronto, 2014
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 2020

Meira Gold’s research and teaching interests lie in the history of science and technology, particularly science and empire, and transnational histories of colonial-era archaeology and fieldwork. Her first book, Archaeology from Ruins: Victorian Egyptology and the Making of a Colonial Field Science, provides a new account of the origins of British fieldwork in the Nile Delta from 1850, examining its intersection with contemporaneous field, labor, and popularization practices. Gold is the recipient of the 2020 Alexander Prize from the Royal Historical Society for her article “Ancient Egypt and the Geological Antiquity of Man, 1847-1863” ( History of Science, 2019) and the 2020 Nathan Reingold Prize from the History of Science Society for her article “Shit Archaeology: Ancient Fertilizer and the Manufacture of British Egyptology, 1870-1906” ( Isis, forthcoming). Before joining Gallatin, Gold earned her PhD in the history of science from the University of Cambridge, where her research was co-funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She was subsequently a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at York University. As of September 2022, Gold organizes the NYC History of Science Lecture Series and the NYC History of Science Workshop.

Teaching and Research Interests

history of science and technology; science and empire; science popularization; histories of archaeology  particularly Egyptology and prehistory; colonial-era fieldwork and its legacies; British Empire and semi-colonial Egypt; race; evolution; gender and scientific masculinities; science and religion 


2022 Fall

Historicizing Humankind

Meira Gold