Nadine Weidman

Nadine Weidman

Lecturer on the History of Science
Nadine Weidman

Nadine Weidman is a lecturer in the History of Science Department.  She received a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr. She is an historian of the human sciences and the author of Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashley’s Mind-Brain Debates (Cambridge 1999) and co-author of Race, Racism, and Science: Social Impact and Interaction (ABC-Clio, 2004) (with John P. Jackson, Jr.). Her research interests focus on the history of the emotions, science popularization, and changing conceptions of race and gender in the human sciences. Her current book project, titled Killer Instinct, examines the debate about whether human beings are innately violent, from Freud to sociobiology. She is the editor of the quarterly journal History of Psychology.

Dr. Weidman is the course head for HS 99, the senior thesis tutorial.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • “Between the Corporation and the Counterculture: Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychology in the 1960s” in Groovy Science, ed. David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)
  • “An Anthropologist on TV: Ashley Montagu and the Biological Basis of Human Nature,1945-1960” in Cold War Social Science, ed. Mark Solovey and Hamilton Cravens (Palgrave, 2012) pp. 215-232
  • “Popularizing the Ancestry of Man: Robert Ardrey and the Killer Instinct,” Isis 102: 2 (2011): 269-299

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