Working Groups

Human Sciences

The Working Group on the History of the Human Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.  Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on third Wednesdays.  Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.


  • Jamie Cohen-Cole

    Jamie Cohen-Cole is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. He focuses on how the work of scientists, social critics, educators and policy makers interact; the processes through which the sciences define normal human nature, the history of computing, and the values that shape intellectual culture.


  • Greg Eghigian

    Greg Eghigian is Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University. His research focuses primarily on the science and medicine surrounding forms of social deviance, particularly psychiatric disorders, criminality, and the paranormal. His most recent book is The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in Twentieth-Century Germany (2015). He is presently writing a book on the history of the UFO phenomenon.


Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

    Note Special Day TBA

Past Meetings

  • March 15, 2017

    Ian Merkel (NYU), "Atlantic Crossings and Disciplinary Reformulation in the 1930s: the case of French Social Science at the University of São Paulo"

  • February 15, 2017

    Rosanna Dent, (University of Pennsylvania) "Fission-Fusion: Interdisciplinarity in the Human Geneticists’ Tribe."

  • January 18, 2017

    Alicia Puglionesi (Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine NEH Postdoctoral Fellow), "The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”

  • November 16, 2016

    The group discussed three articles from the recent Osiris volume on the "History of Science and Emotions."

  • October 19, 2016

    Greg Eghigian (Penn State) discussed the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

  • April 15, 2015

    Erika Milam of Princeton University introduced her draft chapter, "Death of the Killer Ape: the 'New' Politics of Humans as Animals"

  • March 18, 2015

    Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar, introduced an excerpt of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

  • February 18, 2015

    Nadia Berenstein of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper, “Defining Flavor: Taste Panels and Sensory Research, 1930-1950"

  • January 21, 2015

    Rachel Walker of the University of Maryland and the Library Company of Philadelphia introduced her paper, "Character Detectives: Female Physiognomists in the early American Republic"

  • December 17, 2014

    Jason Oakes of UC-Davis introduced his draft chapter, "The Road to Tragedy: Garrett Hardin, the Systems Approach, and the Political Economy of Population Science"

Group Membership