(last updated January 2023)
Books Editor, Physics Today, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD, 2020–
Fellow in Residence, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and
Medicine, Philadelphia, 2019–20.
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.
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.
Review of Jan Rüger and Nikolaus Wachsmann, eds., Rewriting German History: New Perspectives on Modern Germany, H-Net Online, 2017. Available online here.
Selected Popular Articles
“The uncertain art of reconstructing history,” Physics Today online, Jan 4, 2023.
“The elusive truth of Farm Hall,” Physics Today online, May 19, 2022.
“Analyzing Einstein’s handwriting,” Physics Today online, Aug 26, 2021.
“A tribute to educational TV” (contribution about Bill Nye the Science Guy), Physics Today online, Jan 7, 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.
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)
German, fluent reading and speaking
Russian, basic reading