Associate Faculty

Nima Bassiri


Nima Bassiri works on the history and philosophy of the human sciences and medicine, with a particular emphasis on the mind and brain sciences since the eighteenth century. His current research focuses on the role neurological discourse has played in the historical and conceptual refashioning of the self throughout the nineteenth century, particularly in terms of how it augmented and transformed earlier, classical conceptions of personal identity.

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Teri Chettiar

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Gates-Blake 329
(773) 702-7154

Teri Chettiar is a historian of modern Britain and Europe whose research focuses on intersections between the psychological sciences and the politics of democracy in the twentieth century, particularly around child, family, and community health initiatives.  She received her PhD in history from Northwestern University in 2013.  

Jennifer Daly

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Jennifer P. Daly's book project at SIFK explores the development of evolutionary thought beyond the boundaries of organic species change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her central argument is that the development of evolutionary theories in this period took place across fields of inquiry—including natural history, cosmology, the human sciences, and even theology—and that this interaction was catalyzed by a cultural movement known as Romanticism. More broadly, her research engages with the question of how scientists have adapted and transformed scientific method in response to the challenges of interpreting nature at or beyond the boundaries of observation and experiment. She received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford University and her A.B. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard College.

Eduardo Escobar

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Eduardo A. Escobar is a historian and Assyriologist whose research focuses on cuneiform scholarly cultures of the ancient Middle East. His current book project, entitled “Technology as Knowledge: Cuneiform Technical Recipes and the Material World,” details the central role technology played in the construction of scribal knowledge of the late second and early mid first millennia BCE. As postdoctoral fellow at SIFK (The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge), Eduardo teaches courses on Babylonian knowledge, historiography, and on scientific knowledge in the pre-modern world. He recently received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and holds degrees from Columbia University, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Kaat Louckx

Postdoctoral Fellow

SS 326

Kaat Louckx works on the history and sociology of the human and social sciences, with a particular focus on the history of representations and conceptualizations of the social body (or “corps social”). Kaat is currently working on a book manuscript, The Social Body in State-istics, which focuses on the international rise of social statistics in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Her work appeared, amongst others, in The Sociological Review, Social Science History, and Nations and Nationalism. She recently co-authored a book on the history of sociology in Belgium (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Aviva Rothman


Aviva Rothman studied history and history of science at Princeton University, where she received her doctorate in 2012. Her book manuscript, “The Quest for Harmony: Johannes Kepler’s Vision of Cosmos, Confession, and Community,” focuses on the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler and his efforts to establish harmony across the religious, philosophical/scientific, and political boundaries of a divided Europe at the dawn of the Thirty Years War.

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