Here's an archive of my blog posts on big data, chemical regulation, regional histories of science, and more at AmericanScience.


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Work in progress and under review

Naming Matters: Nomenclature and the Structure of Modern Chemistry
(Book manuscript based on dissertation; proposal under review with University of Chicago Press)

“Molecularizing Hazard: Toxicological Information and Environmental Protection”
(Under review with Environmental History)

“‘A Way of Thinking Backwards’: Computing and Method in Synthetic Organic Chemistry”
(Under review with Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences)

“Paper Chemistry: François Dagognet and the Chemical Graph”
(Under review with Ambix, part of a special issue in honor of Ursula Klein)

Scholarly articles and essays

“'Just as the Structural Formula Does': Names, Diagrams, and the Structure of Organic Chemistry at the 1892 Geneva Nomenclature Congress.” Ambix 62:1 (Feb 2015): 1-28. (peer-reviewed; revised version of essay awarded the 2014 Partington Prize)

“Review: Grasping the Technical Image." Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 47:1 (Feb 2017): 117-125. (preprint)

Changing Names and Naming Change: Transformations in the ‘International Machinery’ of Chemical Information.” Proceedings of the International Workshop on the History of Chemistry, March 2-4 2015, Tokyo (2016): 68-76. http://kagakushi.org/iwhc2015/proceedings/.

Remaking the X-Ray as an Instrument of Authentication.” Proceedings of the Authentication in Art Congress 2014 (July 2015). http://www.authenticationinart.org/congress-2014/congress-papers/.

Think Piece: Simple Problems.” IEEE Annals of Computing 36:1 (Mar 2014): 85-88. (preprint)

Articles and reviews for broader audiences

“How to Save Your Sperm: We don’t just need safer chemicals, we need safer chemistry.” The New York Times, 31 Jul 2017, https://nyti.ms/2hi0rHI.

“Book Review: ‘American Eclipse’ by David Baron.” Forthcoming in The Wall Street Journal.

“A Leak in the Chemical Archive.” Forthcoming in Public Books, http://www.publicbooks.org.

Environmental Data, Public Trust, and Guerrilla Archiving.” First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption, (Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Harvard Kennedy School), 8 Feb 2017.

The Canary in Donald Trump’s Literal Coal Mine.” TIME.com, 14 Dec 2016.

Book Review: ‘Database of Dreams’ by Rebecca Lemov.” The Wall Street Journal, 14 Dec 2015.

Book Review: ‘Making Marie Curie’ by Eva Hemmungs Wírten.” The Wall Street Journal, 21 Mar 2015.

Systematic Flexibility and the History of the IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry.” Chemistry International 37:2 (Mar 2015): 10-14.

The Pedagogical Construction of Chemistry. Review of Inventing Chemistry: Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts, John C. Powers.” Endeavour 37:4 (Dec 2013): 193-194. (preprint)

Quest for Permanence.” Chemical Heritage 31:1 (Spring 2013): 20-26 (with Augustin Cerveaux).