Margaret Carlyle

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor

Margaret Carlyle's research focuses on the production of scientific, medical, and technological knowledge in seventeenth- and eigheenth-century France and its colonies. She is particularly interested in the enterprising efforts of women and other "invisible assistants" in forging scientific careers, both outside of and within institutional settings. Margaret is currently completing two projects. The first is a cultural history of Enlightenment anatomy stemming from her doctoral thesis completed at McGill University (2013). The second is a history of obstetrical technology in early modern Europe. Margaret has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2013–15) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2015–17). 

Jennifer Daly

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor

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 A. Escobar

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor

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

Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine

Kaat Louckx is Assistant Professor of Science and Society at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a member of the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine. She 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).