Anna Reser, Editor-in-chief 

Anna has a BFA in studio art, an MA in history of science, and is currently pursuing a PhD and writing a dissertation about design culture and the built environment in the American space program.  She is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker with a focus on the aesthetics of technology and information. @AnnaNReser

Leila A. McNeill, Editor-in-chief 

Leila holds a MA in Literary Studies and an MA in the history of science. She is a freelance writer, editor, and historian of science with a background on women and gender in science, technology, and medicine and a special interest in the intersections of history and popular culture. She has been published in the The Atlantic, The Establishment, and Aeon, and currently is a regular beat writer for Smithsonian.com. @leilasedai

Rebecca Ortenberg, Managing Editor 

Rebecca is a history communicator, project manager, and general wrangler of wild academics. She has a B.A. in history and theater from Lewis and Clark College and an M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She is always seeking new ways to bring historians and non-historians into conversation with one another. @historein


Joy L. Rankin, Contributing Editor

Joy is an Assistant Professor of the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Michigan State University, holding appointments at Lyman Briggs College and James Madison College. Her current book A People’s History of Computing is under contract with Harvard University Press.                            @JoyMLRankin

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Kathleen Sheppard, Contributing Editor

Kate is a historian of science focusing on the history of British archaeology and women in science. She received her PhD in the History of Science from the University of Oklahoma. Her first book is a biography of Egyptologist Margaret Alice Murray. Her most recent project is an edited volume of correspondence between James Breasted and Caroline Ransom Williams.                                                            @k8shep

Jenna Tonn, Contributing Editor

Jenna is a historian of women and gender in science. She received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard and is currently working on a book about the gendered social lives, friendships, and scientific work of experimental biologists during the long 19th century.                                                        @JennaTonn

Robert Davis, Contributing Editor

Robert has a PhD in Theatre History and is currently researching sex and gender in 19th century U.S. theatre.  At the moment, he is writing “Showtime in Old New York,” an interactive, text-based game about managing a theatre in 1840s New York City, for Choice of Games.                                  @rmdavis19

Sam Muka, Contributing Editor 

Sam is a historian of biology interested in tracing networks of knowledge production in interdisciplinary scientific fields. She is currently a post doc at the Smithsonian Institution and will join the faculty of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Fall 2017.                                                                 @aquariumglass


Contributing Writers

Meryl Alper. Dr. Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She studies the social implications of communication technologies, with a focus on youth and families, disability, and mobile media. Dr. Alper is the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014) and Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press, 2017). Contact her at merylalper.com or on Twitter @merylalper

Read Meryl's article "Talking Like a "Princess": What Speaking Machines Say About Human Biases

Emma Louise Backe. Emma is a Master's student at George Washington University, where she studies Medical Anthropology and Global Gender Policy. In addition to her fieldwork on story telling gender-based violence and survivor's healing narratives, Emma also works as a gender consultant on women's rights issues, including violence, sexual and reproductive health, and trauma. In her spare time, Emma manages and writes for The Geek Anthropologist, runs a feminist podcast called Witching Hour, and serves as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence. 

Read Emma's articles "Feminist Anthropology" and "Feminist Anthropology Part II"

Amanda Barnett. Amanda is a PhD candidate in Literature at Texas Christian University. She Studies long 19th century American Literature with a focus on women in science and medicine. Currently, she is writing a dissertation that examines the strategies of women in health fields employed in their autobiographical literature to navigate the shifting social and medical norms of the 19th century. Contact her by email amanda.c.barnett@tcu.edu or amandacutaiabarnett.com.

Read Amanda's article "The Personal in the Professional: a 19th Century Hangover

James BurnesJames is trained in the fields of paleontology and archaeology, and he has received degrees in History (BA, MA) and History of Science (MA). Currently, he is pursuing a PhD that highlights field collecting, museum history, and science and popular culture in the hope of promoting the history of paleontology beyond the Bone Wars. Contact James on Twitter@lifethrutime or on his website paleoporch.com

Read James's article "There's Something About Mary." 

Deanna Day. Deanna is a research fellow at the Center for Applied History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She is currently writing a book about the thermometer's history in American medicine, showing how it laid the intellectual and material foundations for our current approach to self-tracking technologies. Contact her at deannaday.net or on Twitter @deannaday.

Read Deanna's article "The History of Data is the History of Labor

Sarah Horne. Sarah is a PhD candidate in American Art at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include feminist design history and commercial art. She has worked in curatorial departments at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri's Student Unions. She currently interns at the Cincinnati Art Museum. You can contact Sarah by email at smlb5b@mail.missouri.edu.

Read Sarah's article "Art is a Science: Women Illustrators Breaking Gender Barriers and the Story of Agnes Chase"

Emily Margolis. Emily holds a BA in Physics from Princeton University and an MA in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she is working on her PhD in space history at Johns Hopkins University.  You can contact Emily at emily.margolis@jhu.edu, on Twitter@emily_margolis, or on her website at emilymargolis.wordpress.com.

Read Emily's Lady Science article "To Equality and Beyond!: NASA and Gender in the Civil Rights Era." 

Christopher Martiniano. Chris is a PhD candidate in British Literature and Art History at the Indiana University/Bloomington. His research interests include 18th century aesthetic theory/philosophy, poetry, art history, media, and music. Currently, Chris teaches for the Department of English and School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. Contact him by christophermartiniano@gmail.com or visit his website http://theboundingline.com/.

Read Chris's article "The Science of Life as Art and Dissent

Michal Meyer. Michael grew up in Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. She started her working life as a meteorologist in New Zealand. She then accidentally moved into journalism in Israel. Eventually, she decided to combine the science and the writing and entered the PhD program in history at the University of Florida, where she wrote a dissertation on Mary Sommerville. Since then, she has been the editor in chief of Distillations magazine at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Contact Michal at mmeyer@chemicalheritage.org. 

Read Michal's article "Mary Sommerville, A Dometic Icon of Science

Abby Norman. Abby is a writer and journalist based in New England. Her work as been featured in The RumpusThe IndependentCosmopolitanSeventeenQuartzThe AtlanticThe Huffington PostHippocampus MAgazineBustle, and All That is Interesting. She's currently writing a memoir for Nation Books and is represented by Tisse Takagi in NYC. Follow Abby on Twitter: @abbynorman

Read Abby's article "Healing History: Women in Medicine

Lydia Pyne. Lydia a writer, historian, and research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Bookshelf (Bloomsbury), Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils (Viking), the co-author of The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene (Viking). My work has been published in NautilusThe Atlantic, The Public Domain ReviewElectric Lit, and Slate. She am currently a columnist for JSTOR Daily. Contact: pynecone.org

Read Lydia's article "Writing About Fossils Found By Men." 

Cassia Roth. Cassia holds a PhD in Latin American history with a concentration in Gender Studies from UCLA. Beginning fall 2017, she will be a Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research examines the history of reproductive health in relation to legal and medical policy in turn-of-the-century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is a contributing writer at Nursing Clio. Contact: @mixmastercass.

Read Cassia's article "Feminism, Fascism, and Frogs: The Case of Bertha Lutz at the United Nations"

Adam R. Shapiro.  Adam is a NSF Research Fellow at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Philadelphia. He’s the author of Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools, and he is currently working on a new project at the intersections of religions and science in America with disability and immigration studies.

Read Adam's article "Seducing the 'Feeble-minded'"

Afton Lorainne Woodward. Afton is an independent writer/researcher in Durham, North Carolina. She holds an MA in English literature from Villanova University. Her independent research includes topics in science and literature, especially overlap between the two. She blogs at  The Virtuoso. You can contact Afton on Twitter @TheVirtuosoBlog or by email at thevirtuosoblog@gmail.com. 

Read Afton's articles "The Eighteenth Century Lady Scientist" and "Plants, Domesticity, and The Female Poisoner"