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Dinosaurs: Assembling an Icon of Science
This dissertation examines how the modern dinosaur—fully mounted, freestanding assemblages of vertebrate fossils such as we are accustomed to seeing at the natural history museum—came into being during the late 19th and ...
Best Interests: Feminists, Social Science, and the Revaluing of Working Mothers in Modern America
This dissertation traces the formation, development, and deployment of arguments in favor of maternal employment from the years before World War II through the mid-1990s. Drawing on academic journals, popular periodicals, ...
Making Minds Modern: The Politics of Psychology in the British Empire, 1898-1970
This dissertation describes how innovations in the science of mind -- laboratory measurements, psychoanalysis, and mental testing -- changed the ideas and institutions of British imperialism. Psychology did not function ...
A Place of Work: The Geography of an Early Nineteenth Century Machine Shop
Between 1813 and 1825 the Boston Manufacturing Company built a textile factory in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their factory is known for many important firsts in American industry, including the first commercially viable power ...
Quantum Times: Physics, Philosophy, and Time in the Postwar United States
The concept of time in physics underwent significant changes in the decades following World War II. This dissertation considers several ways in which American physicists grappled with these changes, analyzing the extent ...
From Wilderness to the Toxic Environment: Health in American Environmental Politics, 1945-Present
This dissertation joins the history of science and medicine with environmental history to explore the language of health in environmental politics. Today, in government policy briefs and mission statements of environmental ...
Citizens of the Chemical Complex: Industrial Expertise and Science Philanthropy in Imperial and Weimar Germany
This dissertation is a social and cultural history of chemical industrialists and their role in the development of both science and capitalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It focuses on the case of Germany, ...
Indian Insanes: Lunacy in the 'Native' Asylums of Colonial India, 1858-1912
The new Government of India did not introduce legislation for `native' lunacy in colonial India as a measure of social control after the uprisings of 1857-8; discussions about Indian insanes had already occurred in 1856, ...
Found at Sea: Mapping Ships on the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Ocean
"Found at Sea" is a historical study centered on the Atlantic Ocean. This dissertation employs ships' logbooks in combination with a GIS mapping methodology to address the ocean, itself, as a site for historical developments. ...
Soul Sleepers: A History of Somnambulism in the United States, 1740-1840