Alison McManus

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2021-Feb 2022)

Alison McManus is a PhD candidate in Princeton University’s Program in the History of Science, where she obtained her MA degree in 2019. She is currently a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at MPIWG, where she will conduct research for her dissertation on chemical weapons research and development during the Second World War. Her dissertation research is generously supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the American Institute of Physics. Alison has written and presented widely on synthetic auxin herbicides, wartime scientific publication policy, and priority disputes in the history of chemistry. Since 2020, she has served as the Postgraduate Representative for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, where she recently organized a workshop on (al)chemical secrecy. She especially welcomes collaboration with other early-career scholars of modern chemistry and allied sciences.


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The Other Chemists’ War: The Uses, Dual Uses, and Abuses of Chemical Weapons in the Second World War


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Patenting Agent Orange: Chemical Classification, Novelty, and the Military-Industrial Complex in the Cold War United States

26th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology

Restricted Priority: Debating the Invention of Agent Orange in the Aftermath of War

Seminar in the History of Chemistry, Oxford University

Constructing a Magic Bullet: DDT and its Auxiliaries in the Sardinian Anti-Malaria Campaign, 1946-50

History of Science Society

The Object of Secret Science: Censoring Hormone Herbicides in the Second World War

History of Science Society, Utrecht University