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Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science, August 2002, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., History and Sociology of Science, August 1999, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Biochemistry and Chemistry, 1997, Purdue University


Science, Medicine, and the Media, University of Pennsylvania (Seminar, Fall 2008 and 2009)
Cold War Science and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Research Seminar, Spring 2010)


Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America (Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2013).


“The Cold War Context of the Golden Jubilee, Or, Why We Think of Mendel as the Father of Genetics.” Journal of the History of Biology 45 (2012): 389–414.
“What It Means To Go Public: The American Response to Lysenkoism, Reconsidered.” HSNS 40 (2010): 48–78.
“Germs in Space: Joshua Lederberg, Exobiology, and the Public Imagination, 1958-1964.” Isis 91 (2002): 183–205.


Review of David Price, Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology. Anthropological Quarterly 89 (2016): 595–602.

“Giving Philanthropy a New History.” Review of Nick Cullather, The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2010); Inderjeet Parmar, Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power (Columbia University Press, 2012); Brent Ruswick, Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, 1877–1917 (Indiana University Press, 2013); and Olivier Zunz, Philanthropy in America: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012). HSNS 43 (2013): 619–630.
“The Price of Objectivity.” Review of Mark Solovey, Shaky Foundations: The Politics—Patronage—Social Science Nexus in Cold War America (Rutgers University Press, 2013). Science 339 (29 March 2013): 1524–25.
“The Unloved Naturalist.” Review of Christoph Irmscher, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). C&EN 91 (May 20, 2013): 35–36.
“The Organization Man and the Archive: A Look at the Bentley Glass Papers.” Journal of the History of Biology 44 (2011): 147–51.
“Faulty Transmission.” Review of Marcel C. LaFollette, Science on the Air: Popularizers and Personalities on Radio and Early Television (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008). Science 323(2009): 584–85.
“Protesting Scientists.” Review of Kelly Moore, Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945–1975 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008). Science 320 (2008): 747.


Founder and Executive Producer, Distillations, a biweekly podcast of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2007–2009.
“Nylon 6,6.” In Molecules That Matter, edited by Raymond J. Giguere. Saratoga Springs: The France Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 2008.
Frequent short articles and book reviews for Chemical Heritage magazine, Fall 2006–Fall 2009.
“Bentley Glass, Century’s Son,” Mendel Newsletter, n.s. 12 (2003).


National Science Foundation, Scholar’s Grant, Program in Science, Technology and Society ($135,000, SES-1026715), 2010–2012
Lounsbery Foundation Program Grant, (Distillations, $62,000), 2007–2008
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1997–1999, 2000–2001
Honorary Mellon Fellow in the Humanistic Studies, 1997–1998


Council, History of Science Society (2015–2017)
Editorial Board, Synthesis, University of Chicago Press and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2007–present.
Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
Program Committee, Society for the History of Technology, 2012–2013 (Chair, 2013).
Committee on Research and the Profession, History of Science Society, 2009–2014 (Chair, 2013).
Council, Forum for the History of Science in America (2012–2014).
Nominating Committee, Section L (History of Science), American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008–2011.
Committee on Honors and Prizes, History of Science Society, 2006–2009 (Chair, 2008–2009).


History of Science Society
National Association of Science Writers
National Book Critics’ Circle
Organization of American Historians
Society for the History of American Foreign Relations