This seminar is designed to help students develop and execute a thesis project in the history of science. Our focus will be on developing historiographical methods and the practical aspects of historical writing. Topics are limited to scientific subjects from the period between 1700 and 1980. However, the seminar does not limit geographical focus and the theses may be area-specific or transnational in nature. Students are encouraged to see the professor in advance regarding their research interests since an incoming student should have some familiarity with the primary sources he or she will examine. Regarding the course structure, the seminar is split into three phases. The first phase will focus on building historiographical methods in the history of science. The second phase will consist of intensive, one-on-one mentorship. Finally, the seminar group will engage with each other for review, critique, and assistance.
Ari Edmundson is a PhD candidate in the Department of History.