Sarah Lewin

Sarah Lewin

Sarah Lewin

Graduate Assistant and Social Media Specialist


I am a second-year Ph.D student studying European history of science and technology. I am mostly interested in cultural and social history, particularly the interaction of elite scientists and the general public. My research focuses on how scientific developments or discoveries influence cultural movements. Most recently I finished a study that explores the nature of arsenic in 1830s England. I argue that manufacturers exploited lower classes by using arsenic in inexpensive products, despite the health warnings advocated by renown scientists. Over the course of the next year, I hope to try refine and present this project. Secondarily, I am considering a project that focuses on public receptions to the discovery of black holes.



   •     Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Doctor of Philosophy in History; in progress as of August 2015

   •     Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Arts in History [Magna Cum Laude]; Degree awarded May 2013

Academic Career

  •  Intern, The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum

January 2012 May 2012

  •  Historic Tour Coordinator, Piedmont Park Conservancy

November 2012 November 2013

  •  Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University
    August 2015 present

Courses Taught:

  • Modern U.S. History – Teaching Assistant (Fall 2015)
  • Modern Western World – Teaching Assistant (Spring 2016)
    • Guest Lecturer on the European Witch Craze
    • Guest Lecturer on World War I
  • Early U.S. History – Teaching Assistant (Fall 2016)

Research Interests

  •  Early Modern & Modern European History
  •  History of Science & Technology
  •  Cultural, Social, & Intellectual History
  •  History of Poison
  •  European Witch Craze
  •  Pop Science
  •  Class Conflicts, Labor, & Marxism
  •  History of Cosmology
  •  History of Disease

Honors & Awards


  •  Leo Bilancio Award [Annual Award presented to Top Graduating Senior in the History Department] Oglethorpe University; Spring 2013
  •  Phi Alpha Theta, Inducted Fall 2011. [Sigma Sigma Chapter President, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013]
  •  Super Graduate Teaching Assistantship August 2015 present
  •  History Department Social Media Specialist [Mississippi State University] Summer 2016 present

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