Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator. Co-Editor of Isis, the Journal of the History of Science Society.
Science and Popular Culture, Technology, American West
- M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)
- A.B., Kenyon College (1997)
- American nuclear culture
- Science in 19th and 20th century American sex education
- The history of science popularization
- The history of games in American culture
- The institutional and professional history of bioethics in America
- The First Atomic Age: Scientists, Radiations and the American Public, 1845-1945 (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).
- “‘Something About X Rays for Everyone: Emerging Technologies and Open Communities,” History and Technology (online 13 July 2015; print forthcoming).
- "The Science of Automatic Precision: The Rise and Fall of Spectro-Chrome Therapy," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 44:2 (April 2014), 140–177.
- "The Two Faces of Radium in Early American Nuclear Culture," Bulletin of the History of Chemistry 39:1 (Spring, 2014).
- "The Early Clinical X-Ray in the United States: Patient Experiences and Public Perceptions," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 67:4 (Oct. 2011).
- Book reviews for Isis and Exploring Globalization.
• "Medical expertise in Sexology magazine, 1933-1965,” Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, September 2017, Kalamazoo, MI
• “‘Every Physician Must at the Present Time Be a Missionary:’ Physicians and sexual morality in the Progressive Era,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, November 2016, Atlanta, GA.
• “From The Art of Love to The Sexually Adequate Male: Marital advice books in the twentieth century and the new concept of sexual expertise,” Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, September 2015, Kalamazoo, MI.
- "From martyrs to menace: The threat of irradiated bodies in Cold War medicine and culture," presentation to the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, April 2014.
- "'X-Rays… and You:' Art conservatorship as a means to legitimize and humanize x ray technology in the mid-twentieth century," presentation to the History of Science Society annual meeting, November 2013.
- "'Something's missing in the water!': Consumer technologies as the cause and cure of dissatisfaction with nunicipal water in the early twentieth century," presentation to the Society for the History of Technology annual meeting, October 2013.
- "The Radioactive Greening of the Mountain West in the Early Twentieth Century," presentation to the Under Western Skies 2 Conference, Oct. 2012.
- Radioactive Earths as Nature Cures in Early Twentieth-Century American Culture, presentation to the International Society for the History of Medicine, Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 2011.
- "Spectro-Chrome Therapy and Early American Nuclear Culture," presentation to the Northeast Popular Culture Association, Oct. 2010.
- "'These rays that blast and wither but do not consume'": American Physicists' Evolving Rhetoric on Radiation, 1895-1935," presentation to the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, 2009.
- "Consumer goods, the science of advertising, and the popular rehabilitation of radioactive substances," paper presented to the Southern History of Science and Technology regional meeting, 2009.
- HI 1073: American History, 1877-present
- HI 3133: History of U.S. Popular Culture
- HI 3903: Historiography and Historical Methods
- HI 4173: U.S. History Since 1945
- HI 4243/6243: American Life and Thought
- HI 4253/6253: American Religious History
- HI 4553: History of Science and Technology I
- HI 4653: History of Science and Technology II
- HI 8990: Science in Science Fiction
- HI 8873: Graduate Colloquium on the History of Science