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  • Alumnus Mark Solovey Publishes New Book

    Congratulations to alumnus Mark Solovey (PhD, 1996) on the publication of his newest book, Social Science for What? Battles Over Public Funding for the “Other Sciences” at the National Science Foundation (MIT Press, 2020). “In …

  • History Department 2020 Newsletter – “The Past in the Present”

    History Newsletter 2020-21 (pdf) History Newsletter 2020-21: Mobile-Friendly Version (pdf) Chair’s Welcome History Welcomes New Members Interpreting 2020 The Joy of Learning New Club and Podcast Faculty/Staff/Emeritus News and more… This issue and past copies …

  • Stanley Schultz (1938-2020)

    Stanley Kenton “Stan” Schultz, age 82, passed away at his home in Middleton, Wis., on Dec. 8, 2020. Stan was born on July 12, 1938, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Kenton Schultz and Virginia Pyle …

  • Alumnus Paul Grant Publishes Book

    Alumnus Paul Grant (Ph.D. 2017) has published his first book, Healing and Power in Ghana: Early Indigenous Expressions of Christianity (Baylor University Press, 2020). According to the publisher’s website: “Focusing on the southeastern Gold Coast …

  • Students of Professor Banerjee’s History 200 Say “Thank You”

    Professor Mou Banerjee got a surprise on Tuesday when students from her History 200 course on Gandhi, King, Mandela: Non-Violence in the World performed a coordinated thank you to Professor Banerjee over Zoom. Students turned …

  • “Why Take History?” Video Contest

    The History Department announces up to three $500 prizes for short (1-3 minute) videos made by an undergraduate individual or team on the subject, “Why take History?” Videos may answer this question in a variety …

  • Grad Student Patrick Eickman Publishes Book Review

    STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Graduate student Patrick Eickman has a book review published in De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History. Eickman reviews Stephen J. Spencer’s Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291. “This work demonstrates the …

  • Kathryn Ciancia publishes new book

    Kathryn Ciancia’s new book, On Civilization’s Edge: A Polish Borderland in the Interwar World (Oxford University Press, 2020) is now available. Description: As a resurgent Poland emerged at the end of World War I, an …

  • Professor Aaron Rock-Singer Publishes Article on Islamic Religious & Social Movements

    Professor Aaron Rock-Singer has a new article in the journal Religions, titled “Practices of Piety: An Alternative Approach to the Study of Islamic Movements.” “This article challenges the dominant organization-centered focus of the study of …

  • Professor Mou Banerjee Writes About Teaching Colonialism in History

    For a roundtable on Teaching Colonialism in History, Professor Mou Banerjee has written an introduction focused on “Decolonizing Pedagogy: History as a Reckoning with the Past.” Of her own teaching, Professor Banerjee states: “When I …

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  • History Department 2017 Newsletter – “The Past in the Present”

    History Newsletter 2017-18 – “The Past in the Present” Chair’s Welcome Twenty Years of ARCHIVE Drunk History Nature’s Metropolis Turns 25 Wisconsin 101 Progress Report Faculty/Emeriti News News Professorships Graduate Student/Alumni Notes Undergraduate/Graduate Awards and …

  • African Studies celebrates the contributions of Florence Bernault

    The African Studies Program congratulates and bids a fond farewell to longtime colleague Florence Bernault, who will be returning to her home country of France for a senior professorship in African History at the Institut …

  • Making Tracks: Gregg Mitman

    A recent autobiographical essay on how Gregg Mitman became an environmental historian, commissioned by the Rachel Carson Center. Read the essay on their blog, Seeing the Woods.

  • History of Science Brown Bag – Marie Hicks

    “Searching for Genderqueerness in the Archive” Marie Hicks UW-Madison, Department of History Upcoming History of Science brown bag: December 8th with Lynn Nyhart – Town Hall

  • Lecture: Evan Laksmana

    “Reshuffling the Deck?: Organizational Evolution, Officer Promotion, and Military Reform in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” Evan Laksmana Doctoral Candidate Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University Senior Researcher Center of Strategic and International Studies Jakarta …

  • Lecture: Susan Brewer

    “A Place Called Home: Family and Identity on Oneida Land” with Susan Brewer Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:00 PM 7191 Helen C. White Susan Brewer investigates the history of Oneida Indian land in central New …

  • Better Health Through the Humanities

    A new certificate teaches students historical, cultural and philosophical ways people intersect with health care and provides them a broader, more nuanced understanding of health. Last spring in a Biology and Society course, Makenzie Wydra …

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  • All History of Science Department Events for Fall 2008

    September 5 (Friday) at Noon Introductions and Planning September 12 (Friday) at Noon James Secord, Cambridge “Paper Comets: Prophecy, Science and the End of the World in the Nineteenth-century Press.” September 15 (Monday) at 4:00 …

  • Selected Articles and Books

    Susan E. Lederer, Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008)

  • All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2008

    January 25 (Friday) at Noon Walton Schalick, UW-Madison “Mephibosheth in the Middle Ages: Disability and Children, 1000-1400.” February 1 (Friday) at Noon Scott Prinster, UW-Madison “Who’s Watching the Watchers? Why Some Historians Call Institutional Review …

  • Ronald Numbers Awarded the Sarton Medal

    November 2008 Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor of the History of Science, received the Sarton Medal at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in Pittsburg. It is the highest honor conferred by …

  • Eric Schatzberg Repeats as Winner of the Usher Prize

    October 2008 For the second time, Eric Schatzberg has won the Usher Prize from the Society for the History of Technology, a prize given to the author of the best scholarly work published during the …

  • Shank named Herbert and Evelyn Howe Bascom Professor

    September 2008 Michael Shank was named a Herbert and Evelyn Howe Bascom Professor in Integrated Liberal Studies for 2008-2010. The professorship honors contributions Evelyn Howe, emerita lecturer in ILS, and Herbert Howe, professor emeritus of …

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  • All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2007

    January 26 (Friday) at Noon Christina Matta and Richard Staley, UW-Madison “A Graduate Student’s Guide to Publishing.” February 2 (Friday) at Noon Kellen Backer, UW-Madison February 8 (Thursday) at 3:45 pm Colloquium: Naomi Oreskes, University …

  • All History of Science Department Events for Fall 2007

    September 7 (Friday) at Noon Introductions and Planning September 12 (Wednesday) at 4:00 pm Colloquium: Ann Blair, Harvard University “Managing Information in Big Books, 1500-1700.” Location: 6104 Social Science September 14 (Friday) at Noon Claire …

  • Selected Articles and Books

    Richard C. Keller, “Clinician and Revolutionary: Frantz Fanon, Biography, and the History of Colonial Medicine,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (2007): 823-841. Richard C. Keller, Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (Chicago: …

  • Welcome Susan Lederer and Walton Schalick

    August 2007 The Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine is pleased to welcome Professor Susan Lederer to our faculty. Sue comes to us from the Section of the History of Medicine at Yale …

  • Faculty in the News

    June 2007 Gregg Mitman was profiled in the Madison Capital Times on June 11, 2007.

  • Faculty Departure

    May 2007 Warwick Anderson is leaving UW-Madison for University of Sydney, where he will be University Research Professor in the History Department and the Centre on Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine. We will …

  • Matthew Lavine garners ILS TA Award

    April 2007 History of Science doctoral candidate and ILS TA Matthew Lavine received an ILS Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Congratulations to Matt on a job well done!

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  • All History of Science Department Events for Fall 2006

    September 8 (Friday) at Noon Introductions and Planning September 11 (Monday) at 3:45 pm Colloquium: Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University “The Life of Money and the Afflictions of the Body.” Location: 8417 Social Science September 15 …

  • Selected Articles and Books

    Judith A. Houck, Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine and Menopause in Modern America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006). Gregg Mitman, “Where Ecology, Nature, and Politics Meet: Reclaiming the Death of Nature” Isis 97 (2006): 496-504. …

  • New History of Science Faculty Associates

    August 2006 Three UW-Madison faculty have joined the department as affiliates: Rima Apple, professor emeritus, School of Human Ecology; Greg Downey, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and of Library and Information Studies; …

  • Gregg Mitman co-PI on $3 million NSF Grant

    June 2006 Gregg Mitman helped write and is co-PI on a $3,000,000 NSF grant, “Vulnerability and Sustainability in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: An Integrative Traineeship in Sustainability and the Global Environment.”

  • Mitman wins Aldo Leopold-Ralph W. Hidy Award for 2005

    April 2006 Gregg Mitman won the Aldo Leopold-Ralph W. Hidy Award for 2005 from the American Society for Environmental History for his April 2005 article “In Search of Health: Landscape and Disease in American Environmental …

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  • Selected Articles and Books

    Walton O. Schalick, “Speculum medicinae: Reflections of a Medievalist-Clinician,” in J. Duffin, ed. Clio in the Clinic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 27-45.

  • Ronald Number elected Fellow of the AAAS

    November 2005 In recognition of his contributions to science, Ronald Numbers was elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Gregg Mitman on the Air

    September 2005 Professor Gregg Mitman of our faculty will be a featured guest at 8:00 p.m. Thursday September 8 on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth” program. An expert on nature films, Gregg will talk …

  • New Fellowship honoring William Coleman

    September 2005 The Department of the History of Science and the Institute for Research in the Humanities are pleased to announce the Coleman Dissertation Fellowship in the History of Science. The fellowship honors the distinguished …

  • Ronald Number to become President of the DHST/IUHPS

    July 2005 Ronald Numbers has been elected to a four-year term (2005-2009) as president of the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science.

  • Thomas H. Broman receives NEH Fellowship

    February 2005 Associate Professor Thomas H. Broman has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for academic year 2005-2006 for his project, “The Role of the Press in Shaping the Authority of Science in …

  • Michael Shank to chair Center for Early Modern Studies

    January 2005 Professor Michael H. Shank has been appointed chair of the new UW Center for Early Modern Studies, effective January 2005.

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  • Lecture: Evan Laksmana

    “Reshuffling the Deck?: Organizational Evolution, Officer Promotion, and Military Reform in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” Evan Laksmana Doctoral Candidate Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University Senior Researcher Center of Strategic and International Studies Jakarta …

  • NOVA documentary on Typhoid Mary

    October 2004 On Oct. 12, 2004, PBS aired a NOVA documentary based on Professor Judith Leavitt’s book, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health. This documentary, “The Most Dangerous Woman in America,” features commentary by …

  • Judith Leavitt named Rupple-Bascom Professor

    September 2004 Professor Judith Walzer Leavitt has been named the UW Foundation Chair Rupple-Bascom Professor. These at-large professorships, created with funds from the UW Foundation, recognize faculty for their balanced contributions to the University’s teaching, …

  • New Chair of Medical History and Bioethics

    August 2004 Warwick Anderson has been appointed Turell Professor of Medical History and Population Health and chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics.

  • History of Medicine Collections Has Moved

    July 2004 In July 2004, the History of Medicine Collections moved to the Ebling Library, a fantastic new facility in the Health Sciences Learning Center. This building now houses the historical collections previously located at …

  • Professors Keller and Anderson Receive $30K Grant

    May 2004 The Office of International Studies and Programs of the University of Wisconsin has awarded $30,000 to Richard Keller and co-PI Warwick Anderson for their project “Globalizing the Unconscious: Cross-Cultural Encounters with Colonial Psychoanalysis.”

  • Professor Judith Leavitt wins Hilldale Award

    April 2004 Judith Walzer Leavitt, the Ruth Bleier WARF professor of medical history, history of science and women’s studies, has received the 2003-2004 Hilldale Award in the Arts and Humanities Division from the University of …

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  • The Latest from Lindberg and Numbers

    October 2003 In October 2003, the University of Chicago Press will be releasing When Science and Christianity Meet, co-edited by David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers. Three volumes of their jointly edited eight-volume Cambridge History of …

  • Professor Ronald Numbers wins Hilldale Award

    April 2003 Professor Ronald L. Numbers received the 2002-2003 Hilldale Award in the Arts and Humanities Division from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The prestigious Hilldale Awards, which recognize excellence in teaching, research and service, are …

  • Brent Ruswick garners ILS TA Award

    April 2003 History of Science doctoral candidate and ILS TA Brent Ruswick received an ILS Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Congratulations to Brent on a job well done!

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  • Daniel Thurs garners ILS TA Award

    April 2002 History of Science doctoral candidate and ILS TA Daniel Thurs received an ILS Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Congratulations to Dan on a job well done!

  • Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra wins two AHA Book Awards

    March 2002 UW History of Science alumnus Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Assistant Professor in the History department at SUNY-Buffalo, has been awarded two prizes from the American Historical Association for his book How to Write the History …

  • By recent alumna Louise Robbins

    January 2002 Louise E. Robbins has published Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). From the publisher: “Based on wide-ranging and imaginative research, Elephant Slaves and …

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