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Stephanie Hood

Deputy Head of Communications (Since 2016)


Stephanie Hood is Deputy Head of Communications at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She is responsible for managing the public communications team, strategy development, and coordinating special projects including the Journalist-in-Residence program and communications mentorship. In 2023 her team received a Max Planck Society Diversity Excellence Fund award to develop an inclusive public communications strategy for the Institute. She is also the moderator of the podcast series "Science Social: Conversations on History, Science, and Society" (produced by Verena Braun).

Stephanie has a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of York UK (2009), and an MSc (with Distinction) in History of Science jointly awarded by University College London (UCL) with Imperial College London (2013). Her research interests include the history of public science communication, and contemporary public communications strategy at the intersection of the social sciences, humanities, and STEM.

In 2023 Stephanie published the book chapter "Science, Photography, and Objectivity? Exploring Nineteenth-Century Visual Cultures through the HMS Challenger Expedition (1872–1876)," available open access in the edited volume Scientific Visual Representations in History (eds Valleriani, Giannini and Giannetto: Springer 2023). Her current project continues to explore the interconnections of the expedition’s visual and scientific practices with media and public communication, colonialism, and scientific racism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Before joining the MPIWG, Stephanie worked as an editor at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.


Intersectional Public Communications Strategy in the History of Science


The kn/own/able Project: Communicating the Unity of Knowledge and Ownership


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Selected Publications

Hood, Stephanie Lauren (2023). “Science, Photography, and Objectivity? Exploring Nineteenth-Century Visual Cultures through the HMS Challenger Expedition (1872–1876).” In Scientific Visual Representations in History, ed. M. Valleriani, G. Giannini,…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Environment, Racism, and Public Communication (C19–20th)

American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, Denver, CO, USA

Digital kommunizieren: neue Richtungen für die Geisteswissenschaften

Max Planck Digital Library: Digital Change Conference 2023, Kloster Seeon, Germany

Beyond Objectivity: Exploring Interconnections Between Visual Culture, Science, and Society through the HMS Challenger Expedition

Beyond the Ocean’s Depths: Revisiting the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876) Interdisciplinary Conference, Royal Museums Greenwich, London

Public Communication for the Environmental Humanities

American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, Boston, MA, USA

Culture Shock: Outside-the-Box Intersections of Environmental History and Cultural Institutions

American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Epistemic Functions of Vision in Science

Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch

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Climate Hack 2018
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Representing Nature in East Asia: Photography on the HMS Challenger 1872–76

European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference, Zagreb, Croatia

ESEH Program 2017
Science, Photography, and Objectivity: HMS Challenger 1872–76

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference, University of Cambridge

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Nachrichten & Presse

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