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Current Fellows

The Science History Institute is pleased to welcome our 2021–2022 class of fellows. Fellows come from institutions around the world and study a vast range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Fellows from the 2020–2021 class who deferred their award due to the COVID-19 pandemic are marked with an asterisk (*).

Science History Institute Research Fellow

Mary Ellen Bowden | Senior Research Fellow

Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellows

Second Year

Isabelle Held (Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, London) | Price-Doan Postdoctoral Fellow
Designing the Bombshell: Military-Industrial Materials R&D and the Shaping of Women’s Bodies in the US, 1939–1976

Megan Piorko (Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine) | Allington Postdoctoral Fellow
Library as Laboratory: 17th-Century Alchemical Texts

First Year

Meagan Allen (Indiana University) | Cain Postdoctoral Fellow
Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life

Peter Thompson (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) | Haas Postdoctoral Fellow
Grasping for the Mask: German Visions of Chemical Modernity, 1915–1938


Beckman Center Nine-Month Dissertation Fellow

Gustave Lester (Harvard University) | Haas Dissertation Fellow
Mineral Lands, Mineral Empire: Mapping the Raw Materials of U.S. Industrial Capitalism, 1780–1880

Beckman Center Artist in Residence

Anna Mlasowsky
Haas Short-Term Fellow and Artist in Residence

Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence

George Borg
National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Beckman Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence

Cain Conference Fellows


Maria Rentetzi (Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Diplomatic Studies of Science: The Interplay of Science, Technology, and International Affairs after the Second World War


Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University), Lissa Roberts (University of Twente, Netherlands), and Seth Rockman (Brown University)
Let’s Get to Work: Bringing Labor History and the History of Science Together

Beckman Center Distinguished and Senior Short-Term Fellows

Sarah Lowengard (The Cooper Union) | Mistry Distinguished Fellow
My Red Bandanas: The Waning Days and Afterlife of Turkey Red

Michael Berkowitz (University College London, UK) | Cain Senior Fellow
Polaroid, Kodak, Color, and the Off-Color

Frank James* (University College London, UK) | Cain Senior Fellow
Humphry Davy: Enlightenment Chemist, Poet, Social Climber

David Munns (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) | Haas Senior Fellow
Not a Decree of Fate: A New History of Eugenics

Benjamin Schmidt (University of Washington) | Doan Senior Fellow
Alchemy at Meissen: On the Conversion of Matter, the Production of China, and Europe’s Transmutation of the World

Beckman Center Short-Term Fellows

Siobhan Angus (Yale University) | Haas Fellow
Camera Geologica: Materiality, Resource Extraction, and Photography

Martha Espinosa (Duke University) | Short-Term Fellow
The Cold Contraceptive War: Mexico’s “Demographic Explosion” and the Geopolitics of Reproduction

James J. Esposito III (The Ohio State University) | Haas Fellow
Between “Oxygen Sense” and Sensors: The Embodied Experience of Anoxia at Earth’s Extremes 1939–1955

Jacob Older Green (University of California, Los Angeles) | Cain Fellow
The Psychology of Mind-Altering Drugs: 1870–1938

Charnell Chasten Long (University of WisconsinMadison) | Short-Term Fellow
Fugitive Science Society: A Black Scientific Community’s Vision for Science Education

Fred Nadis (Independent Scholar) | Haas Fellow
Children, Science Education, and Play, from Tom Swift to Girl Coders

Stefania Moncunill (University of Barcelona, Spain) | Allington Fellow
The Vernacularisation of Alchemy in the Occitan-Catalan Area: The Alchemical Working Manuscripts (Pseudo-Lull, Pseudo-Arnau, John of Rupescissa and Others)

Kate Luce Mulry (California State University, Bakersfield) | Ullyot Scholar
“It Nourisheth the Child in the Womb:” Chocolate, Reproduction, and Colonization in 17th-Century Jamaica

Ying Jia Tan (Wesleyan University) | Short-Term Fellow
Plastic and the Economic Transformation of Chinese East Asia

Didi van Trijp (Leiden University, Netherlands) | Allington Fellow
Natural History Illuminated: Pigments, Paints, and the Practice of Heightening, 1680–1820

Jessica Varner (University of Southern California) | Haas Fellow
Chemical Desires

Daniel Joseph Walls (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) | Haas Fellow
Confined Success of Soil Lead Cleanup Initiatives

Silvia Pérez Criado* (University of Valencia, Spain) | Haas Fellow
DDT During Franco’s regime in Spain (1940–1975): Chemical Industry, Agricultural Engineering, Public Health, and Occupational Hazards

Hiro Hirai* (Columbia University) | Short-Term Fellow
Pseudo-Paracelsus: Forgery and Early Modern Science and Medicine

Sarah Lang* (University of Graz, Austria) | Herdegen Fellow
Alchemical Encipherment and Practices of Secrecy: The Example of Michael Maier’s Viatorium (1618)

Raquel Reyes* (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK) | Doan Fellow
Chemical Magic Bullets: American Food Science in the Tropics, 1902–1945

Paul Sampson* (University of Scranton) | Haas Fellow
Ventilating the Empire: Environmental Machines in the British Atlantic World, 1700–1850

Antonella Sannino* (University of Naples, “L’Orientale,” Italy) | Short-Term Fellow
Forms of Artificial Life and Models of Transformation from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period

Joel Tannenbaum* (Community College of Philadelphia) | Mistry Fellow
Science, Marketing and Myth: Taste and Color Perception Research in the 1970s

Xiaona Wang* (University of Warwick) | Ullyot Scholar
Hidden Causes, Manifest Effects: Occult Traditions in the Forging of Newton’s Natural Philosophy