Teaching

Department of History, Boston College, 2017-present

 Arduino 101: Getting a gas sensor working for STEM Lab (image by me)

Arduino 101: Getting a gas sensor working for STEM Lab (image by me)

Fall 2017: STEM Lab (Core Renewal). Created the curriculum and directed a hands-on science and technology laboratory practicum centered on Arduino-based technologies. STEM Lab is part of the interdisciplinary Complex Problems course, Science and Technology in American Society, which investigates the history and practice of science and technology since 1945.


 HIST2845 collaborates with the Burns Library

HIST2845 collaborates with the Burns Library

Spring 2018: Women in U.S. Medicine (History). This course explores the history of women in U.S. medicine from the colonial period to the present. This course addresses both the changing place of women within the medical profession and the development of medical knowledge about women’s bodies. It pays particular attention to structural inequalities within the medical profession and the important role that practitioners, feminists, and patients have played in challenging gender-based discrimination in medicine and sexist assumptions about the female body.

This semester HIST2845 collaborated with the amazing Burns Library at Boston College to quick curate a collection of materials related to course themes. See our online exhibition, Women in Medicine: Nurses, Home Caregivers & Pop-culture Icons!

 

 HIST1708 visit to the New England Aquarium

HIST1708 visit to the New England Aquarium

Spring 2018: Nature on Exhibit: From Sea Monsters to SeaWorld (History / Core Renewal). What does it mean to turn nature into a sensation? Putting animals on display in museums, zoos, and on the silver screen is big business. This course explores the historical roots of how the natural world has been transformed into something to be coveted, marveled at, and consumed. From seventeenth-century curiosity cabinets to twenty-first century blockbuster museum exhibitions, we will think about who the audiences are for these sensations, how they have changed, and what they reveal about humans, nature, and the environment. Drawing on the history of science, animal studies, and museum studies, this course asks what it means to use nature as mass entertainment. 

This seminar, part of an Enduring Questions pair called Buying, Trashing, and Selling the Natural Environment, was co-offered with Prof. Lucy McAllister's Environmental Studies seminar, Through the Looking Glass: Business and the Natural Environment


Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, 2015-2017

 Science lab at Lindenwood University, ca. 1950 ( source )

Science lab at Lindenwood University, ca. 1950 (source)

Junior Tutorial - Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Research methods in feminist methodologies across the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences.

Gender, Biology & the Body: Intro to feminist science studies, gendered cultures of science, and scientific constructions of sex and gender since the early modern period. 

Women in American Medicine: History of women as practitioners and patients, gendered constructions of medical knowledge, and major changes in American medicine since the colonial period.


Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, 2010-2017

 Surgeons-in-training, ca. 1900. (Image credit)

Surgeons-in-training, ca. 1900. (Image credit)

Between 2010-2017, I had the pleasure of supervising 14 senior thesis students in 25,000-word research projects in the history of science, technology, and medicine with a focus on women, gender, and race. I also taught courses related to evolutionary theory, gender studies, and the history of gender and science.