Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History
Mather House 216
My research, publishing, teaching and related activities are devoted to critically examining how technology and science were integrated into modern society. My major focus is on built environments, international expositions, museums in the United States and France, and on women’s colleges and foreign missionary colleges during the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to scholarly production, my publications and lectures include those directed at educating more popular audiences in this country and abroad about the forces of scientific and technological change.
Honors and awards: Elected Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Urban Modernity honored by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Book of 2011; Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise, Pulitzer Prize nominee, 2005 and nominee for Margaret Rossiter Prize for best book on women’s history, History of Science Society, 2008. I was Winner of Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at Case; elected Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Nominated Candidate for Vice- President of the Society for the History of Technology, 2010; Maria Goeppert-Mayer Visiting Professorship at the University of Gottingen, Germany (2005, declined). Invited professorships at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France. I have been a Visiting Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the CNRS Centre des Recherches en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques (Paris) and the Smithsonian Institution; a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (laboratory of Richard Lewontin); and a Visiting Scholar at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Invited lectures at universities in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Listed in Who’s Who in America.
Grants and fellowships include those from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, History of Science Society, American Council of Learned Societies, Centre nationale des recherches scientifiques in France, and the Smithsonian Institution as well as private foundations and the CWRU Baker Nord Center for the Humanities. 2012 elected visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, UK.
What Were World’s Fairs for? Catalysts for Trade-based Urban Development In the Second Industrial Revolution.
Published in the Journal of Urban History.
Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution
Republican art and ideology in late nineteenth-century France
When The Eiffel Tower Was New: French Visions of Progress at the Centennial of the Revolution
Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise: Mount Holyoke Faculty And The Rise Of American Science