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Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt - Science, Technology, and Medicine

Updated September 19, 2018

Vanderbilt is home to a robust and diverse community of historians engaged in the study of Science, Technology, and Medicine.  Students in STM are exposed to both the intensive historiographies of STM fields as well as a broad and deep training in the relevant historical locations and periods.  Vanderbilt STM students are encouraged to imagine themselves as both STM scholars and as historians.

Our faculty expertise ranges across time, place, and topic; from material culture in Africa, to medicine in China, to intellectual and cultural history in the West.  Faculty have written on topics as diverse as modern privacy, the young Darwin, Diabetes, Albert Einstein, Qi, clinical trials - even the future of technology.

Our community is centered on two workshops, one designed by graduate students for the STM scholars within the Department, and the other designed to engage the broader Vanderbilt community, recognizing the inherently interdisciplinary nature of STM studies.  

Current faculty include: Michael Bess (History), Dennis Dickerson (History), Sarah Igo (History), Jonathan Metzl (MHS), Ole Molvig (History, CSET), Danielle Picard (History), Tasha Rijke-Epstein (History), Ruth Rogaski (History, Asian Studies), Peter Rousseau (History, Economics), Laura Stark (History, MHS), Arleen Tuchman (History).

Current Graduate Students

Recent Graduates

  • Danielle Picard (2018), "Analyzing the Human Factor in British Industrial Psychology, 1919-1939." Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Vanderbilt University.
  • J’Nese Williams (2018), "Imperial Intervention: Botanic Gardens, Science, and Colonial Administration in the British Empire, Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries."  Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University.
  • Kelly O’Reilly (2017), “Of the Poor, By the Poor, or For the Poor: Community Health Centers and the War on Poverty.”  Student at Yale Law school, J.D. expected in 2020.
  • Jenifer Dodd (2016), "'Compulsive Rapism': Psychiatric Approaches to Sexual Violence in the 1980s." Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University.
  • Michell Chresfield (2016), “Problem and Promise: Scientific Experts and the Mixed-Blood in the Modern U.S., 1870-1970.”  Lecturer (tenure-track assistant professor) in United States HIstory, University of Birmingham, England, 2017-
  • Matthew Owen (2014), "For the Progress of Man: The TVA, Electric Power, and the Environment,1939-1969.”  Research Associate, Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 2014-
  • Pablo Gómez (2010), "Bodies of Encounter: Health, Illness and Death in the Early Modern African-Spanish Caribbean." (The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018-
  • Kurt Johnson (2010), “The Re-enchanted Body in fin de siècle German Culture.” Term Instructor, History, University of Alaska, Anchorage.