About Us

The Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) is a graduate program at the University of Chicago that offers students the opportunity to work toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in areas concerned with the history, philosophy, and social relations of science. Though faculty interests range broadly, CHSS has particular strengths in the history and philosophy of biology and psychology, history of medicine and psychiatry, history of statistics and probability, sociology and anthropology of science, and history of communication and the book.

CHSS has a special focus on the history of the human sciences. In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, CHSS has established an exchange program; this program offers graduate students opportunity to conduct research abroad in the history of the human sciences (broadly conceived).

CHSS differs from other programs in the history and philosophy of science in its emphasis on the importance of training in science. In the CHSS program, students earn a Masters degree either in a science (or mathematics), or in history, or in philosophy. If they choose history or philosophy, they also take six courses in a science or mathematics appropriate to their level of preparation (from undergraduate to graduate level courses). CHSS maintains close cooperative relations with the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine (within the Department of History), the Department of Philosophy, and the undergraduate program in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HiPSS).

Several generous fellowships are available to applicants, whether they be U.S. citizens or citizens of other countries. CHSS is located in the Social Sciences Division of the University.


June 14, 2021

Please join us in congratulating CHSS student Biying Ling on receiving a prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship.

Her dissertation is titled: "New Epistemological Foundations for Measurement: Helmholtz, the Quantity Concept, and Measuring Practices in 19th century German Science"

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Congratulations Biying!

September 15, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Ryan Dahn for accepting the position of Books Editor at Physics Today, a magazine for physicists published by the American Institute of Physics.

Ryan received his PhD in CHSS from the University of Chicago in 2019.

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A hearty congratulations, Ryan!

September 8, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Carmine Grimaldi on accepting an assistant professorship at Vanderbilt University teaching filmmaking in the department of Cinema and Media.

Carmine received his PhD in the History of Science from the History Department at the University of Chicago in 2018.

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Many congratulations Carmine!

September 2, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Daniele Macuglia on being offered and accepting an assistant professorship at Peking Univeristy.

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Congratulations, Daniele!