What Do History of Science Graduate Students at Oregon State Do?
Graduate students in the History of Science community at Oregon State come in many varieties. We have students pursuing an M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in History of Science, as well as students taking History of Science as part of the Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.) and other degree programs throughout the campus. Any advanced student interested in the intersection of science and the humanities can take our 500-level courses.
Each graduate student on the M.A./Ph.D. track in History of Science must enroll in the “cohort seminar” each term, usually HSTS 599, taught as a readings seminar with a different professor each term. In addition, M.A./Ph.D. track students are expected to enroll in courses that explore the broad range of History of Science, namely HSTS 511 (Ancient and Medieval Science), HSTS 512 (Early Modern Science), HSTS 513 (18th and 19th Century Science), and HSTS 514 (20th Century Science). For the M.A., at least two of these must be taken. For the Ph.D., all of them. Other courses should be taken according to the student’s chosen specialty.
Miriam Breaugh is a Ph.D. student in the History of Science program. Miriam received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon where she graduated cum laude with a triple major in Biology, General Science, and Russian and a minor in Chemistry. Miriam then received an M.A., from the University of Oregon in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Her main research focus was on the history of contraceptives and sex education in the Soviet Union. After completing her M.A., Miriam attended Georgetown University where she received her M.S. in Global Health. At Georgetown, Miriam primarily focused on neglected tropical diseases in the Western Pacific. Some of Miriam’s professional accomplishments include working for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Miriam worked for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Miriam was part of the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health team where her focus was on Arctic and health related issues. Most recently, Miriam has been working as a consultant for the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines working on issues related to risk management, malaria control, and neglected tropical diseases. Miriam is excited to be a part of Oregon State’s History of Science program.
Shelby Bremigan is an M.A. student in the History of Science program. Her research interests primarily focus on 20th century physics, nuclear policy, and the scientists’ movement. She completed her B.A. in History at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Oregon. Her undergraduate research focused on the Atomic Scientists of Chicago and their efforts to create the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and establish an international governing body for nuclear weapons. When she is not in school, Shelby enjoys baking, cooking, and hiking.
Lance Burch is a PhD student in the History of Science. He earned his bachelor’s in History, and master’s in the History and Philosophy of Science from Florida State University. His research there focused on early Smithsonian officials’ dual roles as scientists and public intellectuals. As a new resident of the West Coast, Lance is thrilled to study with the History of Science Program at Oregon State. His academic interests include historical marine ecology and policy, nonnative/invasive species, and public intellectualism.
Marcelo Carocci is a PhD student in the History of Science program. Marcelo completed his undergraduate studies in Cultural Anthropology and his Master of Arts degrees in Applied Anthropology at Oregon State. His Master’s researched focused on the impact of settler colonialism on how the history of Native Populations are told in western Oregon. In switching to History of Science, Marcelo’s academic interests are, history of Medicine in the 19th century, US military history in the 19th and 20th century, and Oregon Native populations issues.
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Anna Elizabeth Dvorak is a PhD candidate in History of Science and a member of the OSU Downwinders Project. Her dissertation uses Leo Szilard’s fiction and non-fiction works to explore the role of science and scientists in creating early Cold War nuclear policy. She also studies science in literature more broadly. She has presented her work at the annual meetings of the History of Science Society and of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and she was a participant in the Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2017 Nuclear History Boot Camp. When Anna is not writing or doing research, she loves to cook and explore Oregon by skiing, biking, running, or hiking!
Aimee Hisey is a Ph.D. student in History of Science. Aimee received both her B.A. and M.A. from Oregon State University. Aimee conducted her M.A. research at the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City, Mexico. She used inquisition cases from the seventeenth century to research inquisitional rhetoric and public practice of illicit unions in viceregal New Spain. Aimee presented this work at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Bruges, Belgium in 2016. Since 2017, Aimee has worked as an instructor for Ecampus; teaching indigenous, colonial, and modern histories of Latin America. Aimee’s academic interests include the Spanish viceroyalties, early modern Europe, gender, sexuality, the inquisition, and progress and modernity in Latin America. Her Ph.D. research will focus on midwifery practices, their histories of medicine, and inquisitional treatment of healers in viceregal New Spain. When not teaching or studying, Aimee enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, Hagrid and Hermione.
Ambika Natarajan is a PhD candidate in History of Science and a member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Her dissertation focuses on the role of doctors in influencing the debate on prostitution and trafficking in fin-de-siècle Vienna. She especially focuses on multiple aspects of migrant female work such as domestic service, and peddling and how these working-class women altered the discourse on sex work. She also studies the connections between sexuality, biomedical science, and female work in German-speaking lands more broadly. She has presented her work at the annual meetings of the German Studies Association. When Ambika is not doing research in History of Science, she has a personal compound microscope with which she observes and sketches Gram stained microorganisms, especially, Gram-negative Pseudomonads from fruit biofilms.
Matthew Rosenberg is a PhD student in the History of Science program. His background is in argument, rhetoric and social influence, a smattering of interpersonal theory, and history. After several years of traveling abroad, he returned to Oregon State University to complete his BA in Speech Communication and MA in Rhetoric and History. He currently teaches Argument, and Public Speaking while studying rhetoric as a quasi-science and its influence on the world around us; he is specifically interested in propaganda directed at children. Matthew is a native northwestern and when not learning or teaching, you’ll find him in the mountains: skiing, hiking, climbing, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.