Cameron Brinitzer

Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2023-Jul 2025)

Cameron Brinitzer’s research focuses on histories of the human, life, and mind sciences, and the politics of science around the turn of the twenty-first century. His book project, The Evolution of Culture: Laboratories and Legislatures in Illiberal Hungary, examines how culture has been constituted as an object of evolutionary lab sciences, and how culture’s success as a liberal scientific concept in the late twentieth century led to illiberal political reflection and intervention on culture.

Brinitzer received his PhD from the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2022–23, he was a USC-Berggruen Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life and the Berggruen Institute. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department II, “Knowledge Systems and Collective Life.”


The Evolution of Culture: Laboratories and Legislatures in Illiberal Hungary


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Selected Publications

Brinitzer, Cameron (2022). “Generating Fields.” Isis 113 (1): 144–150.

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Brinitzer, Cameron and Etienne Samuel Benson (2022). “Introduction: What Is a Field? Transformations in Fields, Fieldwork, and Field Sciences since the Mid-Twentieth Century.” Isis 113 (1): 108–113.

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