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Current Fellows

The Science History Institute is pleased to welcome our 2021–2022 class of fellows. Fellows come from institutions around the world and study a vast range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Fellows from the 2020–2021 class who deferred their award due to the COVID-19 pandemic are marked with an asterisk (*).

Science History Institute Research Fellow

Mary Ellen Bowden | Senior Research Fellow

Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellows

Second Year

Isabelle Held (Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, London) | Price-Doan Postdoctoral Fellow
“Designing the Bombshell: Military-Industrial Materials R&D and the Shaping of Women’s Bodies in the US, 1939–1976”

Megan Piorko (Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine) | Allington Postdoctoral Fellow
“Library as Laboratory: 17th-Century Alchemical Texts”

First Year

Meagan Allen (Indiana University) | Cain Postdoctoral Fellow
“Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life”

Peter Thompson (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) | Haas Postdoctoral Fellow
“Grasping for the Mask: German Visions of Chemical Modernity, 1915–1938”


Beckman Center Nine-Month Dissertation Fellow

Gustave Lester (Harvard University) | Haas Dissertation Fellow
“Mineral Lands, Mineral Empire: Mapping the Raw Materials of U.S. Industrial Capitalism, 1780–1880”

Beckman Center Artist in Residence

Anna Mlasowsky
Haas Short-Term Fellow and Artist in Residence

Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence

George Borg
National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence

Cain Conference Fellows


Maria Rentetzi (Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
“Diplomatic Studies of Science: The Interplay of Science, Technology, and International Affairs after the Second World War”


Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University), Lissa Roberts (University of Twente, Netherlands), and Seth Rockman (Brown University)
“Work and the World of Science, Science and the World of Work: Bringing Labor History and the History of Science Together”

Beckman Center Distinguished and Senior Short-Term Fellows

Sarah Lowengard (The Cooper Union) | Mistry Distinguished Fellow
“My Red Bandanas: The Waning Days and Afterlife of Turkey Red”

Michael Berkowitz (University College London, UK) | Cain Senior Fellow
“Polaroid, Kodak, Color, and the Off-Color”

Frank James* (University College London, UK) | Cain Senior Fellow
“Humphry Davy: Enlightenment Chemist, Poet, Social Climber”

David Munns (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) | Haas Senior Fellow
“Not a Decree of Fate: A New History of Eugenics”

Benjamin Schmidt (University of Washington) | Doan Senior Fellow
“Alchemy at Meissen: On the Conversion of Matter, the Production of China, and Europe’s Transmutation of the World”

Beckman Center Short-Term Fellows

Siobhan Angus (Yale University) | Haas Fellow
Camera Geologica: Materiality, Resource Extraction, and Photography”

Martha Espinosa (Duke University) | Short-Term Fellow
“The Cold Contraceptive War: Mexico’s ‘Demographic Explosion’ and the Geopolitics of Reproduction”

James J. Esposito III (The Ohio State University) | Haas Fellow
“Between ‘Oxygen Sense’ and Sensors – The Embodied Experience of Anoxia at Earth’s Extremes 1939–1955”

Jacob Older Green (University of California, Los Angeles) | Cain Fellow
“The Psychology of Mind-Altering Drugs: 1870–1938”

Charnell Chasten Long (University of WisconsinMadison) | Short-Term Fellow
“Fugitive Science Society: A Black Scientific Community’s Vision for Science Education”

Fred Nadis (Independent Scholar) | Haas Fellow
“Children, Science Education, and Play, from Tom Swift to Girl Coders”

Stefania Moncunill (University of Barcelona, Spain) | Allington Fellow
“The Vernacularisation of Alchemy in the Occitan-Catalan Area: The Alchemical Working Manuscripts (Pseudo-Lull, Pseudo-Arnau, John of Rupescissa and Others)”

Kate Luce Mulry (California State University, Bakersfield) | Ullyot Scholar
“‘It Nourisheth the Child in the Womb:’ Chocolate, Reproduction, and Colonization in 17th-Century Jamaica”

Ying Jia Tan (Wesleyan University) | Short-Term Fellow
“Plastic and the Economic Transformation of Chinese East Asia”

Didi van Trijp (Leiden University, Netherlands) | Allington Fellow
“Natural History Illuminated: Pigments, Paints, and the Practice of Heightening (1680–1820)”

Jessica Varner (University of Southern California) | Haas Fellow
“Chemical Desires”

Daniel Joseph Walls (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) | Haas Fellow
“Confined Success of Soil Lead Cleanup Initiatives”

Silvia Pérez Criado* (University of Valencia, Spain) | Haas Fellow
“DDT During Franco’s regime in Spain (1940–1975): Chemical Industry, Agricultural Engineering, Public Health, and Occupational Hazards”

Hiro Hirai* (Columbia University) | Short-Term Fellow
“Pseudo-Paracelsus: Forgery and Early Modern Science and Medicine”

Sarah Lang* (University of Graz, Austria) | Herdegen Fellow
“Alchemical Encipherment and Practices of Secrecy: The Example of Michael Maier’s Viatorium (1618)”

Raquel Reyes* (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK) | Doan Fellow
“Chemical Magic Bullets: American Food Science in the Tropics, 1902–1945”

Paul Sampson* (University of Scranton) | Haas Fellow
“Ventilating the Empire: Environmental Machines in the British Atlantic World, 1700–1850”

Antonella Sannino* (University of Naples, “L’Orientale,” Italy) | Short-Term Fellow
“Forms of Artificial Life and Models of Transformation from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period”

Joel Tannenbaum* (Community College of Philadelphia) | Mistry Fellow
“Science, Marketing and Myth: Taste and Color Perception Research in the 1970s”

Xiaona Wang* (University of Warwick) | Ullyot Scholar
“Hidden Causes, Manifest Effects: Occult Traditions in the Forging of Newton’s Natural Philosophy”

Fellow Friday

On the last Friday of each month one research fellow or staff scholar hosts Fellow Friday, a daylong chat on the Science History Institute’s Twitter account. They’ll tweet about what they do within the field and what their interests are, encouraging conversations with everyone from lifetime specialists to the mildly curious.

Want to join in the conversation? Have a question for our fellows? Log in to Twitter anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the last Friday of the month and follow @scihistoryorg. Contribute your own thoughts and questions using the hashtag #FellowFriday.