Dana A. Freiburger

Email: dafreiburger@wisc.edu

Advisor: Susan E. Lederer
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Dana A. Freiburger


I enjoy broad interests in history of science, history of technology, and science education in the United States and Japan during the last two centuries. My dissertation examines the place of science in nineteenth-century American Catholic higher education. Since January 2000, I have worked as the Illustrations Editor for the History of Cartography Project.


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, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1979


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Place of Science in Nineteenth-Century American Catholic Higher Education”

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 History of Technology
  • Scientific Instrument Commission
  • Scientific Instrument Society

Courses Taught as TA

  • History of Science 202 – The Making of Modern Science