Director of Curatorial Affairs
Jesse Smith is the director of curatorial affairs at the Science History Institute, where he oversees collecting activities and interpretive projects in the public history of science and technology. He was the curator of Downstream, a temporary exhibition on the history of water analysis and protection, which received a 2022 Institutional Achievement Award from PA Museums, a 2022 Award of Excellence from the American Association of State and Local History, and the 2022 Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits from the Society for the History of Technology.
Jesse is also the associate editor of the journal History and Technology. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post and the exhibition catalog Pool: A Social History of Segregation. Jesse received his PhD in the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stories from Jesse Smith
Understanding past attitudes toward science and medicine through children’s books.
Explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection in the Delaware River Valley and beyond.
We live in a relational world. Technoscientific images help us see that way.
Meet Gabriela and Jesse, coeditors of the Institute’s new collections blog.
Local public media outlet features Institute’s new ‘Downstream’ exhibition.