Selected Honors and Fellowships

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

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

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

Workshops Organized

“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

“Making Restrictions International: Chemical Regulation and Chemical Lists in the Late 20th Century,” 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, July 2017, in symposium “Internationality: Modes of International Cooperation in Science.”

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

“Chemical Nomenclature, International Chemistry, and the Particulars of Universalism, 1910-1930,” The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age, Philadelphia, February 2017.

“Pronounced Variation: Chemical English in America,” History of Science Society, Atlanta, 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, Barcelona, August 2016, in session “Soft Focus: How Personal Software Reshaped Technical Vision and Practice” organized by William Deringer and Evan Hepler-Smith.

“Paper Tools, Paper Things and a ‘Third-Order Science of Organization,’” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2016, invited presentation in HIST Award symposium honoring Ursula Klein, organized by Mary Jo Nye and Gary Patterson.

"Pouring new materials into old bottles: Nanomaterials classification in historical perspective," Unnatural Kinds, San Francisco, May 2016.

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

“‘The sins of our forefathers’: Chemists, information systems, and the elusive ideal of unique chemical names,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, October 2015, in session “Computer Users, Experts, and Citizens,” organized by Andrew L. Russell, sponsored by SIGCIS.

“Chemical literacy for the ages: Essential skills in 2D chemical representation,” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, August 2015 (with Leah McEwen).

“The Chemical History of Graph Theory,” History of Data / Data in History, New York, April 2015.

“Between Regulation and Information: Tracing Chemical Novelty,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2014, in session “Historical Tracers and the Historiography of Science,” organized by Evan Hepler-Smith.

“The Structure of Compounds, the Function of Nomenclature, and the History of Chemical Information,” invited presentation to the Heritage Council of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, May 2014.

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

“Structured Names, Structures of Knowledge: Systematic Nomenclature, Translation, and the Global Order of Organic Chemistry,” Chemical Reactions: Chemistry and Global History (Cain Conference 2014), Philadelphia, April 2014.

Education

Princeton University, 2010-present

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”