Research Interests: History of science, technology, and engineering; public infrastructure and technology; state sponsorship of research and design; theory and epistemology of applied sciences; science-fiction and cultural acceptance of scientific and technological advance; technological fear.
Hannah is a doctoral student in the History of Science. She completed an AM in History of Science at Harvard, an MA in History at the College of Charleston, and a BS in Technical Photography at Appalachian State University. Her master's thesis examined the advancement of lighthouse technologies in mid-nineteenth century Britain and the relationship between economic theory, state policy, and the institutionalization of scientific practice. Her current research interests focus on the role of state versus private sponsorship of long-term programs of research and design, processes of debate within the scientific community and in the public sphere, as well as the role of science fiction and horror narratives in informing and shaping western-cultural acceptance of scientific and technological advance. In her non-academic life she fosters and rehabilitates rescue dogs and enjoys spending as much time as possible adventuring with her two permanent four-legged companions.
B.S., Technical Photography, Appalachian State University; M.A., History, The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston and the Citadel; A.M. in History of Science, Harvard.