Hannah Conway

Hannah Conway

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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; infrastructure studies; development studies; environmental justice; rural studies

Hannah is an interdisciplinary scholar examining the development of large scale infrastructure technologies in the Deep South and Appalachia at the intersections of history, STS, anthropology, and artistic practice. Their doctoral dissertation examines how the construction and aging of infrastructures impacts environmental and community health in the lower Mississippi Delta. By bringing together archival evidence, oral history, anthropological fieldwork, and photographic documentation, their scholarship situates infrastructure failure and maintenance as central concerns of communities fighting for environmental justice and seeks to understand how infrastructure construction and aging mediates our relationships to each other and the land. Their work has been supported by the Charles Warren Center for American Studies, Louisiana State University Libraries, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, and the Linda Hall Library. Hannah is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ).

Previous Degrees:
AM, History of Science, Harvard University (2016)
MA, History, College of Charleston (2015)
BS, Technical Photography, Appalachian State University (2009)


“Crafting Queer Histories of Technology,” in Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia, ed. Z. Zane McNeill (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2022).


“Review: Proving Ground: Expertise and Appalachian Landscapes,” H-Net Environment, 2021.


Illuminating Science: Scientific Experts in Nineteenth-Century British Lighthouse Reform,” in From the Lighthouse: an Experiment in Interdisciplinarity, eds Veronica Strang and Tim Edensor (London, Routledge Press, 2018).

“Review: Monstrous Media/ Spectral Subjects: Imaging Gothic from the Nineteenth Century to the Present,” The British Journal for the History of Science 51:2, (June 2018): 331-332.

Selected Talks:

“Eugenics after WWII: Black, Chicana, and Indigenous Feminisms in the Fight for Reproductive Justice,” invited guest lecture, HS 197: Why Trust Science, Harvard University, November 2020


“How Infrastructures Age: Public Power, the TVA, and Environmental Justice in Memphis since 1933,” accepted paper, History of Science Society Annual Meeting, [panel cancelled due to COVID-19], October 2020


“In the Long Shadows: Infrastructural Failure, Inequity, and Environmental Justice in the US Deep South,” presentation of dissertation prospectus, History of Science Seminar, Harvard University, March 2019


“All that is Solid: How Art and Artistic Practice Can (and Should) Inform Infrastructure Studies,” Crafting the Long Tomorrow Conference, University of Arizona, February 2019


“Infrastructural Modernities: Rural Appalachia & the Tennessee Valley Authority,” invited guest lecture, HS 100 Knowing the World: An Introduction to the History of Science, Harvard University, November 2018


“A Lively Stone: Microbial Labor, Designing for Resilience, and Self-Healing Concrete,” presented at the Annual Conference for the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), St. Louis Missouri, November 2018


Invited respondent to Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed, “The Wind Tunnel Model,” MIT program in art, culture, and technology (ACT), MIT, April 2018

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