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Current Fellows

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute is pleased to announce our 2023–2024 class of fellows.

Hailing from a diverse list of local, national, and international institutions, our incoming fellows will use our collections to study a wide range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

In addition to our postdoctoral, dissertation, distinguished, and short-term research fellows, the Beckman Center will once again welcome a cohort of two-year curatorial fellows who will assist with ongoing projects as staff members, expanding and exploring interpretive programs for our library and museum.

Fellows: 1987 to Present

The Beckman Center has hosted over 350 scholars from around the world. See a list of our fellows, along with their research topics and affiliation at the time of their stay.

Curatorial Fellows

Judith Kaplan smiling

Cain Curatorial Fellow
Scientific Biographies

Sheu, outdoors, smiling, wearing glasses, white-on-navy polka dot shirt and blue blazer

Haas Curatorial Fellow
Museum Interpretation

Shuko in museum, wearing glasses and a shirt with a bird pattern

Cain Curatorial Fellow
Oral History

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Claire Litt outdoor portrait

Claire Litt

Price-Doan Postdoctoral Fellow

Real and Synthetic Stones as Materia Medica in Late Renaissance Medical Alchemy

Dissertation Fellow

Taylor Dysart in tan suede coat, near statues

Taylor Dysart

Allington Dissertation Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

The Scientist and the Jaguar: Wondrous Plants and the Politics of Knowledge in the Amazon

University of Oslo Fellow in Residence

James Wynter Porter in royal blue shirt in front of an abstract pattern design

Jim Wynter Porter

Independent Scholar
“Race,” “Ability,” and Chemistry Curriculum Development in the Mid-20th Century United States

Cain Conference Fellow

Sibrina N. Collins

Lawrence Technological University

Storytelling as Pedagogy: Historical Biographies in STEM and Social Studies

Senior Fellows

Max in blue shirt and glasses

Max Cavitch

Ullyot Scholar
University of Pennsylvania

Ashes: A History of Thought and Substance

Sean Silver in light purple dress shirt

Sean Silver

Doan Senior Fellow
Rutgers University

The Motley Emblem: Tristram Shandy and the Empire of Color

Kara Swanson in gray blazer

Kara W. Swanson

Seidel Senior Fellow
Northeastern University

Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and the United States Patent System

Short-Term Fellows

Arnav Bhattacharya standing in a plaza with trees

Arnav Bhattacharya

Herdegen Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

Rejuvenating and Transforming the Body and the Nation: Overlapping Histories of Sexology and Endocrinology in Early to Mid-20th Century India

Edward Chappell in front of a view of Florence, Italy

Edward Chappell

Science History Institute Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

The Secrets of Wine: Winemaking Manuals, Books of Secrets, and Knowledge in Early Modern Italy

Nikhil Dharan in green sweater over tan collared corduroy shirt

Nikhil Joseph Dharan

Mistry Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

Colonial Alchemies: Chemical Knowledge and Industrialization in South India, 1914–1935

Susannah Glickman

Susannah Glickman

Haas Fellow
Stony Brook University

Histories, Tech, and a New Central Planning

Thea Goldring

Allington Fellow
Harvard University

Drawing Nature: Carême de Fécamp and Scientific Drawing in the Long 18th Century

Andrew Kettler face in 3/4 view

Andrew Kettler

Science History Institute Fellow
University of South Carolina-Palmetto College

The Miasmic Theft of Modernity: A Global History of Sulfur

Gustave in museum wearing black and smiling

Gustave Lester

Presidential Junior Fellow
Harvard University

Mineral Lands, Mineral Empire: Mapping the Raw Materials of U.S. Industrial Capitalism, 1780–1880

Delanie Linden

Doan Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other Colors: Chroma, Chemistry, and the Orient in 19th-Century French Painting

Jennifer Lupu, outdoors in an urban location, glasses with multicolor frame, smiling, hair dyed blue, purple velour top under black jacket, coral necklace

Jennifer Lupu

Haas Fellow
Northwestern University

Consuming Care: Pharmaceuticals Use and Access in Washington, D.C., 1850–1920

Amanda J. Nichols outdoor portrait

Amanda Nichols

Otlet Fellow
Oklahoma Christian University

The Role of Women Chemists in the Development of Molecular Structure Theory

Sean O'Neil outdoors in plaid shirt in front of historical building

Sean O’Neil

Herdegen Fellow
Hong Kong Baptist University

The Art of Signs: Symbolic Notation and Visual Thinking in Early Modern Europe

Claire Sabel outdoors in white blouse

Claire Sabel

Haas Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

Rare Earth: Gemstones, Geohistories, and Commercial Geography Between Southeast Asia and Europe, c. 1600–1750

Julian Silverman with gray studio backdrop, red frame glasses, beard, smiling, checkered shirt, tie with clip

Julian Silverman

Haas Fellow
Fashion Institute of Technology

The Material History of Soap: Crafting a Scientific Demonstration for Public Audiences

Peter Vale in flecked turtleneck sweater in front of a concrete wall

Peter Vale

Haas Fellow
University of California, Berkeley

“Child of Copper”: Mining, Capitalism, and State-Making in Central Africa

Emmet von Stackelberg smiling wearing glasses

Emmet von Stackelberg

Mistry Fellow
Harvard University

Seeing through Silver: How Chemists and Capital Made Images Move

Science History Institute Research Fellow

Mary Ellen Bowden

Senior Research Fellow

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