Curriculum Vitae

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(last updated April 2024)

Summary:

EMPLOYMENT

Senior Associate Editor, Physics Today, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD, 2024–

Books Editor, Physics Today, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD, 2020–24.

Fellow in Residence, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and
Medicine, Philadelphia, 2019–20.

EDUCATION

PhD, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, with Highest Honors, University of Chicago, 2019. Robert J. Richards, adviser.

  • Dissertation: The Forgotten Founder of Quantum Mechanics: The Science and Politics of Physicist Pascual Jordan, 1902–1980

MA, History, University of Chicago, 2013.

BA, History, with Honors, Princeton University, 2011.

PUBLICATIONS

Book Manuscripts

Nazi Entanglement: Pascual Jordan, Quantum Mechanics, and the Legacy of the Third Reich (in preparation)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Nazis, Émigrés, and Abstract Mathematics,” Physics Today 76, no. 1 (January 2023): 44–50.

The Farm Hall Transcripts: The Smoking Gun That Wasn’t,” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 45, no. 1–2 (June 2022): 202–18.

Big Science, Nazified? Pascual Jordan, Adolf Meyer-Abich, and the Abortive Scientific Journal Physis,” Isis 110, no. 1 (March 2019): 68–90.

Book Reviews

Something rotten in the state of Denmark,” review of Alexei Kojevnikov, The Copenhagen Network: The Birth of Quantum Mechanics from a Postdoctoral Perspective (Springer, 2020), Physics Today 76, no. 4: 49–50.

Review of Jan Rüger and Nikolaus Wachsmann, eds., Rewriting German History: New Perspectives on Modern Germany, H-Net Online, 2017.

Selected Popular Articles

The high-profile contest to explain Einstein,” Physics Today, April 12, 2024.

The many lives of an 11th-century astrolabe,” Physics Today, March 29, 2024.

Why the fascination with Oppenheimer?Physics Today, August 17, 2023.

Gravitation’s attraction, 50 years later,” Physics Today, March 10, 2023.

The uncertain art of reconstructing history,” Physics Today, Jan 4, 2023.

The elusive truth of Farm Hall,” Physics Today, May 19, 2022.

Analyzing Einstein’s handwriting,” Physics Today, Aug 26, 2021.

SELECTED GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Research Fellowship, Science History Institute, September–December 2020 (declined).

Scholar-in-Residence, Deutsches Museum, Munich, May–July 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Teaching Fellow, Social Sciences Division, University of Chicago, 2019–21 (declined).

Visiting Scholar, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2018–19.

Fishbein Fellowship, Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago, 2018–19.

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, January–August 2016.

Graduate Research Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2015–16.

Five-Year Graduate Fellowship, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2012–18 (on reserve 2015–16).

Horace H. Wilson ’25 Senior Thesis Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, History Department, Princeton University, 2011.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS 

November 2019: “Nazis, Émigrés, and Abstract Mathematics: The Strange Story of Pascual Jordan’s Eponymous Algebra, 1933–1939,” Science History Institute, Philadelphia.

November 2018: “Pascual Jordan, the Cold War, and Remembrance of Nazi Pasts,” presented as part of panel co-organized with Benjamin Wilson, “Usable Pasts: Historical Memory in Modern Science,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Seattle.

October 2017: “‘An Unbelievably Queer Duck’: The Physicist Pascual Jordan and his Stammer,” presented as part of panel co-organized with Katya Motyl, “Marking the Other: Speech, Archetype and Deviance in Europe, 1900-1960,” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta.

September 2017: “Denazification in Postwar German Physics: The Case of Pascual Jordan,” Physical Sciences Working Group, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Philadelphia.

July 2017: “An Unlikely Collaboration: The Geopolitical Context of Pascual Jordan’s Eponymous Algebra,” Global Mathematics Symposium, 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

November 2016: “Biophysics in the Third Reich: The Curious Case of Physis,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta.

June 2016: “Pascual Jordan, the Göttingen Eighteen, and the 1957 West German Elections,” University of Cambridge, History and Philosophy of Science Reading Group.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Temple University, Instructor

Spring 2020: History of Nazi Germany

Stevens Institute of Technology, Instructor

Fall 2019: Computers and Society (2 sections)

University of Chicago, Instructor

Spring 2017: Scientists and the Political Sphere in Six Germanys, 1871–Present (self-designed)

LANGUAGES

German, fluent reading and speaking

Russian, basic reading