I am a visiting scholar in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. A historian of Germany and the natural sciences, I received my Ph.D. from the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago in 2018. My research focuses on the interaction between scientists and the state, primarily in twentieth century Germany.
My dissertation, The Forgotten Founder of Quantum Mechanics: The Science and Politics of Physicist Pascual Jordan, 1902–1980, presents the first-ever biographical examination of one of the major scientific figures of the twentieth century. Jordan’s contributions to quantum physics were fundamental to our understanding of the field today, but he is also remembered for his decision to join the Nazi Party in 1933. Using a panoply of previously unknown archival sources, I describe in detail Jordan’s associations with far-right groups prior to Hitler’s seizure of power, his negotiations and machinations with various power centers in the Nazi state after 1933 and during World War II, as well as his political and pedagogical aims in postwar West Germany.
At Chicago, along with my Ph.D., I received an MA in history in 2013; I completed my undergraduate work at Princeton University, where I received a BA with honors in history of science in 2011.