Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Teaching and Research Interests:
Following on a lingering boyhood fascination with dinosaurs and fossils, I became a historian of science with a special interest in the histories of archeology, paleontology and evolutionary biology. I am fascinated by the historical relationship between scientific knowledge about the deep past and wider conceptions of human identity and our place in the universe. More generally, I am interested in the formation of communities of experts, and the way that scientific claims are adjudicated within those communities.
"Design & Dissent: Religion, Authority, and the Scientific Spirit of Robert Broom," Isis 100:3 (September 2009), 485-504.
"Experts & Australopithecines: Credibility and Controversy in the Science of Human Evolution, 1924-1959," PhD Dissertation, University of California, San Diego (2009).