History and Social Thought
Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Social Thought. She has published with Katharine Park Wonders and the Order of Nature (New York: Zone Books, 1998), and Objectivity (New York: Zone Books, 2007) with Peter Galison. In spring 1999 she gave the Sir Isaiah Berlin Lectures at Oxford University on “The History of Objectivity.”
James Evans examines the influence of markets on science and work. In science, Evans’ central project explores how collaborations with industry influence academic research in an area of molecular plant biology (all research using the popular model organism Arabidopsis thaliana) by analyzing social and funding networks, scientific texts, bio-informatic databases, and interviews.
Jan Goldstein’s research and teaching focus on the history of Europe, especially France, from the 18th through the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the development of the human sciences. She is interested in the multiplicity of ways that formal systems of thought, including the human sciences, are related to socio-political institutions that produce and make use of them.
Anthropology and Sociology
Karin Knorr Cetina’s research focuses on the social construction of scientific knowledge, especially its various forms of reasoning. Of particular recent interest are the institutions of high-energy physics and financial markets.
Joseph Masco (PhD, UC San Diego 1999) is Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College. Working at the intersection of science studies, environmental studies, media studies, and social theory, his scholarship examines the material, affective, and conceptual effects of technological revolution.
History of Cell and Molecular Biology, Epithelial Cell Biology
Karl Matlin is a cell biologist whose laboratory research is focused on the mechanisms by which epithelial cells spatially polarize to form normal epithelia or to directionally migrate during wound repair.
Linguistics and Evolutionary Biology
My research of the past 15 years or so has been on language evolution, patterned on biological evolution and very much inspired by macro-ecology. Having explored an ecological approach to language change, speciation, and vitality in documented human history, I now investigate the phylogenetic emergence of language(s) in mankind, articulating what counts as ecology during this protracted process, starting with the evolving hominine anatomy and mind.
Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of Science and Medicine
Director, The Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine
Professor of History, Philosophy, and Psychology
Professor Richards does research in the history and philosophy of psychology and biology. This includes particular interest in evolutionary biopsychology, ethology, and sociobiology, as well as theories of perception from the ancient period to the present day.
My research and teaching focus on the state and social citizenship in the modern United States. I am especially interested in national political culture and its formation within specific social, cultural, and institutional contexts.
Stephen M. Stigler is interested in the history of statistics and probability, from the appearance of early concepts in gambling, astronomy, and geodesy, to the development of statistical methods in social science and biology, including the ways those methods have helped to shape core ideas in these sciences.