Academic Positions

Duke University, 2019-
Assistant Professor of History

Boston College, 2018-2019
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Science & Technology Studies

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 2016-2018
Ziff Environmental Fellow

Selected Honors and Fellowships

Seed Grant for “Remapping Environmental Toxicity, Promoting Planetary Health," (Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts), 2019

Subject Development Grant for “The Chemical History of Environmental Health” (Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry), 2018

Norberg Travel Grant (Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota), 2017 (write-up of research based on this grant in CBI newsletter)

Nathan Reingold Prize (Annual graduate student student essay prize of the History of Science Society), 2015

Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship (Princeton University's top honor for graduate students), 2014-2015

Partington Prize (Triennial essay prize of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry), 2014

Visiting Predoctoral Fellowship (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), February-April 2016

Herdegen Fellowship in the History of Scientific Information (Chemical Heritage Foundation), 2013-2014

Workshops organized

Remapping Chemicals, Environments, and Toxicity,” Boston College, June 2019.

Grappling with the Futures: Insights from Philosophy, History, and Science, Technology and Society,” Harvard University & Boston University, April 2018. (Member of symposium committee.)

“Internationality: Modes of International Cooperation in Science,” co-organized with Geert Somsen, 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, July 2017.

The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age,” co-organized with Lynn Ransom and Robert Fox, University of Pennsylvania, February 2017.

Aesthetics and the Life Sciences,” public symposium co-organized with Helen M. Berman, Stephen K. Burley, Kathryn Maxson Jones, and Christine Zardecki, Rutgers University, October 2016.

“Unnatural Kinds: Contemporary Perspectives on Scientific Classification,” interdisciplinary workshop co-organized with Julia Bursten, San Francisco State University, May 2016.

Selected Lectures and Presentations

“‘Chemical Space’: Remapping chemicals, IP, and information,” Invited Presentation, European Research Council workshop on “Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020,” Norrköping, Sweden, September 2019.

“Molecular Bureaucracy,” Society for Social Studies of Science, New Orleans, September 2019, in session “Residues: Rethinking Chemical Environments,” organized by Jody Roberts and Emmanuel Henry.

“From compound words to digital codes, how IUPAC’s past and present enable chemistry’s future,” Invited Lecture, 47th World Chemistry Congress, Centenary of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Paris, July 2019, in symposium “IUPAC and Chemistry: A Century of History.” [slides]

“The machine and the molecule: Chemistry in the history of AI,” Towards a History of Artificial Intelligence, Columbia University, May 2019. [slides]

“Compound Words, Synthetic World: How the history of chemical information matters for grappling with the materials of the future,” NIH Nanotechnology Working Group, April 2019.

“Roundtable: Quantification, Models, and Metrics in Environmental Knowledge and Policy,” American Society for Environmental History, April 2019.

“History Beyond the Classroom: Research, Teaching, and Service in the Himalayas,” Boston College History Department, March 2019.

“Molecular Bureaucracy,” PFAS Project Lab, Northeastern University Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute Lab, March 2019.

“Stewarding chemical research through standards development: A chemistry librarian’s feast,” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, August 2018 (with Leah McEwen).

“Substitution,” presentation in the workshop “Technologies in Use,” organized by Lissa Roberts and Lee Vinsel, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, April 2018.

“Chemistries of Regret,” presentation in the symposium “Toxic Tales and Climatic Conundrums,” organized by Ruth Goldstein, Harvard University, March 2018.

“Joint disagreements: Chemical information, chemical naming, and internationalism as process, 1919-1930,” History of Science Society, November 2017, in session “Scientific and Engineering Internationalism: Processes, Practices, Conflicts,” organized by Evan Hepler-Smith and Heidi Voskuhl.

“SMILES to go: Chemical Harm, Regulatory Weakness, and a Computational Tool,” Society for the History of Technology, October 2017, in session “Technology, Law, & Injury,” organized by Mary X. Mitchell.

“Molecular Government, Toxicological Information, and Environmental Protection,” invited presentation to Harvard STS Circle, September 2017.

“Maintaining Chemical Information for Research and Regulation,” The Maintainers II, April 2017.

“Pronounced Variation: Chemical English in America,” History of Science Society, November 2016, in session “The language of science and the science of language: Exchanges, transformations, negotiations 1790-1950” organized by Jan Surman.

“ChemDraw,” Society for the Social Studies of Science, August 2016, in session “Soft Focus: How Personal Software Reshaped Technical Vision and Practice” organized by William Deringer and Evan Hepler-Smith.

"Thinking backwards: Artificial intelligence and the making of a human scientific method," Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy, November 2015. (Watch on YouTube)

“Remaking the X-Ray as an Instrument of Authentication,” Authentication in Art Congress 2014, May 2014, in session “Historical Developments in Painting Authentication,” organized by Martin Kemp.


Princeton University, 2010-2016

Ph.D. in History (Program in History of Science), July 2016
Dissertation: “Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940”

M.A. in History (Program in History of Science), 2012
Major field: Modern Science (Michael Gordin)
Minor fields: Modern Europe (Philip Nord), Medicine (Keith Wailoo)

Harvard College, 2002-2006

A.B., magna cum laude, in Literature.  Thesis: “Virginia Woolf’s Symposia: Ideas of the Party in Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, and The Waves”