Current Graduate Students
Katherine Arner (History of Medicine)
Katherine received her BA in History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Katherine's thesis will explore the Atlantic context of the American debates over yellow fever between 1793 and 1822. Her research treats the American debates as a critical site of transnational exchange and knowledge production among Americans but also the British and other medical actors in interconnected parts of the Atlantic world. She was an invited participant in the International Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World, Summer 2009: "The Americas in the Advancement of European Science and Medicine, 1500-1830", and was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2010-2011, and a Dissertation Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society, 2010-2011.
Eli Anders (History of Medicine)
Eli holds an A.B. in Social Studies (magna cum laude) from Harvard College. His interests include the history of public health and state knowledge-making practices. Currently, he is working on the history of bloodletting in late-nineteenth century America.
Lisa Boult (History of Medicine)
Lisa received her BA from Radcliffe College, her MD from Yale University and Her MPH from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include the history of disease, the history of aging, and 18th and 19th century American medicine. She is a faculty member in the Division of Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Julia Cummiskey (History of Medicine)
Julia received her BA in history from Carleton College and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research interests include the history of international public health and the public health research in Africa.
James Flowers (History of Medicine)
James received an MA in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney. His master's thesis examined medical records in the Imperial Palace of Qing China. He was trained as a clinician of Chinese Medicine, and which he taught at the University of Western Sydney. His current research includes the history of medicine in Chosun Korea and Qing China.
Matthew E. Franco (History of Science and Technology)
Matthew graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007 and holds a B. A. degree in Mathematics and History (Honors). He came to Johns Hopkins after teaching high school mathematics for two years. Matt's interests include the history of science in Latin America, the Ibero-Atlantic nexus, and the relationship between science and nationalism.
Penelope Hardy (History of Science and Technology)
Penelope holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) from the United States Naval Academy and an M.A. in History from the University of North Florida. Her master's thesis examined contemporary British perception of the American Civil War as total and modern war. She is interested in how technology has historically affected societal judgments of morality, in naval and maritime technologies and in the history of science fiction.
Layne Karafantis (History of Science and Technology)
Layne received her B.A. in Technical and Professional Writing from San Francisco State University and her M.A. in History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her master's thesis examined the impact of federal weapons labs on local identities and economies in western American cities in the postwar years. Layne's interests include avionics, Cold War military technologies, and the military-industrial-academic complex.
Seth LeJacq (History of Medicine)
Seth has a BA in History and Government from Cornell University. He is interested in how fertility and reproduction were understood in early modern Europe, especially England, and the relationships between putative expert knowledge and vernacular knowledge.
Yixian Li (HIstory of Science and Technology)
Yixian holds an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, a certificate in International Affairs and Multilateral Governance from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a B.A. in Sci-Tech Policy and Communication from University of Science and Technology of China. She is interested in the history of technology and techno-cities in modern East Asia.
Adrianna Link (History of Science and Technology)
Adrianna received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 2009, earning a dual-degree in English and History. Her undergraduate thesis was on Frederick Osborn and his leadership in the American eugenics movement. She is interested in building on this work, exploring 20th century eugenics organizations as well as the transformation of eugenics following World War II.
Kirsten Moore (History of Medicine)
Kirsten graduated from Chapman University and holds a B.A. in History and Screenwriting. She is interested in the history of public health and the production and dissemination of colonial knowledge.
Richard Nash (History of Science and Technology)
Richard received his B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University. His research interests include the history of evolutionary biology, the public understanding of science, and the intersection of science and religion.
Alicia holds a B.A. in English and Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on the history of popular knowledge, subscription publishing, and contraceptive douching in nineteenth-century America. Her current research centers on the modern sciences of mind and brain, including the role of knowledge production, popularization, image, and memory. She is interested in the questions of belief and doubt, orthodoxy and marginality that constitute the field of late-nineteenth-century psychical research.
Jean-Olivier Richard (History of Science and Technology)
Jean-Olivier graduated from Concordia University's Liberal Arts College (Montreal) in 2009 and holds a BA in Western Society and Culture and theoretical linguistics. His main areas of interest are Early Modern and Enlightenment natural history, encyclopedic endeavors, and cognitive sciences. Other interests include Atlantic World (esp. New France) intellectual, cultural and military history.
Justin Rivest (History of Medicine)
Justin holds a Bachelor of Humanities (2008) and a Master of Arts in History (2010) from Carleton University in Ottawa. His main areas of research are in the history of astrology, specifically early printed almanacs and prognostications, and in the history of medical regulation in early modern France. Justin’s other academic interests include the history of the book and communication and the history of the early modern French Atlantic world.
Sean Schifano (History of Science and Technology)
Sean received a B.S. in History from the University of North Alabama. His early modern interests include the history of alchemy and chemistry, with a focus on its practice in early modern Europe. Recent research interests include history of botany and comparative history of ecology in the U.S. and Europe.
Marion Schmidt (History of Medicine)
Marion has a Magister Artium in history and European ethnology from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and before coming to Hopkins worked in innovation and ecology management. She works on the history of genetic deafness in the 20th century and surrounding questions of identity, culture, perceptions of deafness and treatment.
Ellen Silbergeld (History of Medicine)
Simon Thode (History of Science and Technology)
Simon received his BA, majoring in History, and MA (hons) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He wrote his master's thesis on the development of the idea of extinction in natural history. He is currently interested in issues of scientific community, American science, and science in the 19th century.
Jeffrey Tucker (History of Medicine)
Jeffrey received a BA in History from Brigham Young University and an MSc (with Distinction) in the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College, London & University College London. He is interested in Early Modern understandings of body, soul & gender - which has led to studies in diverse topics such as dietetics, hygiene, sexual identity & alchemy.