Dept. II

Ideals & Practices of Rationality

Director: Lorraine Daston

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Director (Since Jul 1995)

PhD, Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

Moral and Natural Orders, History of Scientific Data, Cognitive Practices of Science


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Services & Administration

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)


Research IT

Editorial Assistant


Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Researchers 2017–18


Visiting Scholar (Feb 2018-28 Feb 2018)

Professor of History, Department of History, Tel Aviv University

Exemplum and Wundertier—Three Concepts of the Scholarly Persona

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2018)


The Physician's Album Amicorum: Humanist Cultures of Knowledge Networking

Visiting Scholar (2 Jan 2017-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

The Status of Practical Geometry and its Relations to Theoretical and Applied Geometrical Knowledge in Sixteenth-century Treatises of Practical Geometry


Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Professor for the History of Science

Rewriting Women’s Bodies in Medieval Medical Epistemology

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 May 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Between Law and Science: Unsoundness of Mind in Anglo-American Medical Jurisprudence

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)


Research IT

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Professor of Early Modern History, History Department, Royal Holloway

Early Vernacular Medical Books, Users and Uses, Impact

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"The Science of Prophecy?" The Role of Paleo-Disciplines in the Face of Anthropogenic Change, 1916-2015


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Between Marvel and Machine. From the "image de nigromance" to the Mechanised "Engin": The Automation in the Middle Ages

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2017-1 Dec 2017)

PhD, Research Professor

Jean Senebier (1742-1809) and the Eighteenth-century ars observandi

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2017)


Exploring the Origins of Earth System Science


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Archiving the Brain


Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Dec 2018)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Princeton University

Writing the "Thesaurus" of Latinity: A Study in the History of Philological Practice


Research Scholar (Since Sep 2012)


Science and Technology in Italian Postwar Cultural Journals


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2017-31 Oct 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, University of Cambridge

Serpents and Empire: Modern Encounters with Natural History, c. 1780-1870

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-30 Jun 2019)


From Electrotype to the Electric Image: Global Vision, c. 1830–1920


Visiting Scholar (24 Aug 2017-24 Sep 2017)

DPhil, Reader in Early Modern History, University of York

Early Modern Notions of Cleanliness and Dirt


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Columbia University

"The Myth of Greek Algebra": Philology and the Discovery of Calculus, 1580–1710


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Jun 2018)

DPhil Student, University of Oxford

Computerizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America

MPG Minerva Research Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-28 Feb 2019)

Dr. Phil.

Reading and Writing Medicine in Early Modern England


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Oct 2017)

PhD, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre A. Koyré, Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques

Seizing the Intangible Gestures as Objects of the Human Sciences in the Long Nineteenth Century

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

Doctoral Student, Princeton University

The Systematization of Values in German Design 192x-195x

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2017-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Reader in History of Science and Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Good Doctors: A Story of Governing and Knowing from Medieval to Modern Europe

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


Hortus Oceanus Indicus: The Calcutta Botanic Garden and the Making of the Indian Ocean Environment, 1786-184

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-30 Jun 2018)

Charting the Weather: a History of Graphical Representations in late 18th-century Meteorology

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council

A Global History of Human Teeth

External Scientific Member (Since Nov 2010)


Etymology and Allegoresis in the Ancient Greek Scholarly Traditions

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-30 Apr 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor

Souls, Science & Socialism. Parapsychology in India and South Africa, 1950-80


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Jan 2018)

PhD, Visiting Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Ancients and Moderns: A Cultural History of Modern Science in India (1600–2000)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

The Steady-State of Cultures. Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and American Anthropology 1930–1950

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Biological Individual in the Nineteenth Century


Senior Research Scholar (Since Jun 2005)

PD Dr.

The Science of Statistics and the Politics of Censustaking; Early Childhood Development Studies in Nineteenth-Century America


Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Philology as a Way of Knowing

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Nov 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Vienna

Instituting Anthropology: The Circulation of Scientists and Ethnographic Materials between North America, German and Austria, 1883-1933


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2017)


Nature’s Imprint: Botanical Illustration between Northern Europe and the New World (1550-1750)


Senior Research Scholar, Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-31 Dec 2018)


A Natural History of Data; Extinction and the Value of Diversity

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2018)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

The Science of Learning, the Practice of Education: A History of 'Anschauungspädagogik', ca. 1806-1871

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

PhD, Reader in Classical Art

Slight, Description and Knowledge in Imagines of the Elder Philostratus


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-4 Oct 2017)


La Falsa Alchimia de la Quale Tanta Stima già ne Feci: Lomazzo’s Thought on Alchemy


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (11 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2017)

Chemical Desires (1850-1929): Making the Architectural Materials of Modernity

Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor, Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies

Personhood and the Locked-in Syndrome

Senior Research Scholar (Since Sep 1994)

Dr., Honorarprofessorin HU Berlin

History of Mathematics and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, esp. in Germany; Women in Science


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)


Transmission of Medical Knowledge Embedded in Islamic Texts to China, 17th–19th Centuries

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

The Electric Modern: Modernity, Labor and the Visual Archive


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

Ontogeny of the Will and the Sciences of Child Development in Germany, 1750–1870