I am a historian of modern science and technology. I'm interested in all kinds of things, many of which have something to do with the chemical sciences, environmental regulation, scientific data and information, and scientific internationalism.

I'm currently Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, where I'm working on a project that I'm calling Regulating the Molecular World: Toxicology, Information Technology, and the Environment. In 2016, I completed my PhD in the Program in History of Science at Princeton University. Building on my PhD research, I'm writing a book (under contract with University of Chicago Press) entitled Naming Matters: Nomenclature and the Structure of Modern Chemistry.

I have previously spent a year each as Herdegen Fellow in the History of Scientific Information at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, course developer for an online education startup, and marketeer for a leading purveyor of collectible figurines. Once upon a time, I wrote a thesis about party scenes in Virginia Woolf novels. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and live in Somerville, MA.

Contact

History of Science
1 Oxford Street, SC371
Cambridge, MA 02138
hepler@fas.harvard.edu
@ehepler

Greetings!

Here's a video in which I talk a bit about my research.