University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

I enjoy broad interests in history of science and technology situated in the United States and Japan during the last two centuries. My dissertation involves a national-level examination of American Catholic science education in the nineteenth century. Further interests include the use and impact of scientific instruments on the physical sciences in Japan during the Meiji and Taishō periods. Since January 2000, I have worked as the Illustrations Editor for the History of Cartography Project.

Education

M.E., Technical Japanese, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.Sc., History of Science: Instruments, Museums, Science, University of Oxford, 1999
M.S., Engineering Management, Santa Clara University, 1994
B.S., Computer Science, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1979

Working Dissertation Title

  • The Place of Science in Nineteenth-Century American Catholic Higher Education. Advisor: Ronald L. Numbers

MA Title

  • “We shall be able to beat those yattya hottya [pompous] people” – Building a Japanese Research Tradition in Physics: Hantarō Nagaoka and the Spectroscope. Advisor: Richard Staley. (completed 2002)

Selected Publications

  • “’To Any Degree’: Jesuit Medical Schools in the Nineteenth-Century United States” in Kyle B. Roberts and Stephen R. Schloesser, eds., Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014 (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 220-255.
  • Review of Peter Heering; Roland Wittje: Learning by Doing: Experiments and Instruments in the History of Science Teaching, Isis 103:4 (2012), 767-769.
  • Review of Peter M. J. Hess; Paul L. Allen: Catholicism and Science,and Don O’Leary: Roman Catholicism and Modern Science: A History, Dana A. Freiburger and Ronald L. Numbers, Isis 100:3 (2009), 636-638.
  • “Building a Japanese Research Tradition in Physics: Hantarō Nagaoka and the Spectroscope,” Nuncius 2 (2002), 673-689.

Professional Affiliations

  • History of Science Society
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Scientific Instrument Commission
  • Scientific Instrument Society.

Courses Taught as TA

  • History of Science 202 – The Making of Modern Science