Advising: Departmental and House-based Resources

The History and Science concentration has a friendly team of advisers to help you navigate through the program.
 

Departmental Advising

Allie Belser, Manager of Student Programs, acts as the primary concentration adviser for all History and Science concentrators. She is available to all students seeking advice on concentration requirements, course selection, plans of study and declarations of concentration, the senior thesis process, non-thesis honors options, study abroad, the secondary field in History of Science, and of course to assist with any concerns. Feel free to email Allie with your questions or to make an appointment. During the regular term, Allie has drop-in office hours on Mondays from 2:30-4:30pm in SC 355.

Prof. Anne Harrington is the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is available to talk about requirements and course selection, but her primary role is to help students understand the range of intellectual opportunities they can pursue in the concentration and how best to take full advantage of our flexible structure. With Allie, she is also always available to trouble shoot any problems that might come up for students.  Prof. Harrington teaches History of Science 97, the sophomore tutorial, and oversees the tutorial program as a whole. You can email her at aharring@fas.harvard.edu.

In the weeks leading up the the declaration of concentration deadline, Prof. Harrington will be holding drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 in SC 360 for sophomores interested in History and Science. Please feel free to drop by, or, if you can't make that time, she is always available by appointment.

 

House-based Advising

Alongside the advising offered within the Department, History and Science now also offers concentrators and prospective concentrators resoures for advising and support in the Houses where they live. House-based advisors are graduate students inour program. They have a special interest in supporting our undergraduate concentrators, and are there to help students choose courses, talk about coursework, and brainstorm about research papers, summer opportunities, and employment paths. When you have problems or concerns, they all also know how to ensure you get the help you need.They organize study breaks and other special events to spice up the life of the concentration. Finally, they serve as a resource for sophomores interested in the concentration, and contribute to the intellectual and social life of the houses a whole, by mounting interesting events open to all interested students. Look for emails from them, and announcements about their special events!

 

House Advisors for Eliot, Kirkland, and Leverett

BRAD BOLMAN: Hello History and Science concentrators! I am a Sosland Family Graduate Fellow in History of Science at Harvard University. I study the history of biology, medicine, and the physical sciences, with a particular focus on the use of animals in large-scale experiments and the history of “standards” and scientific “sacrifice.” My other interests include aging; globalization of science and capital; military technology; and continental philosophy. I look forward to getting to know all of you! Contact me at: bolman@g.harvard.edu.

CHRIS RUDEEN: Hi all! I am a third-year doctoral student in the Department of the History of Science, where I study the history of medicine and psychiatry and the ways in which nontraditional items and practices are used for healing and defining what is “normal.” I am also on the Graduate Tutorial Board in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality here at Harvard. As an undergraduate, I majored in both chemistry and the history of science. While my chemistry days are behind me, I still love talking about science and medicine, especially when it comes to their history (and their portrayal in movies and TV). I am super excited to serve as a House Adviser, and I cannot wait to learn more about our wonderful concentrators! Contact me at: cmrudeen@g.harvard.edu

House Advisors for Cabot, Currier, Dudley, Pfoho and Quincy

TIFFANY NICHOLS: Hi all!  I am excited to serve as one of your History of Science House Advisors this year!  I am a G3 in the History of Science Department focusing on the history of modern physics, the intersection of race, science and the law, and also museology and material culture.  Before starting my PhD studies, I practiced law in California in the area of patent litigation and patent procurement.  I decided to change things up a bit to pursue my interest in History of Science which started when I heard Prof. Hammonds speak at a conference during a summer internship at the National Science Foundation while in undergraduate school.  Happy and willing to discuss History of Science, law school, engineering school, etc. Contact me at: tiffany_nichols@g.harvard.edu

ALEXIS TURNER: Hello, historians of science! I'm a PhD candidate in the department studying the interplay between science and politics. I'm particularly interested in what happens to science and technologies when they leave the lab and make their way into the wider world. I'm also fascinated by the history of the social sciences, utopianism, and scientific theories of judgment. At the moment, I'm pursuing all of these interests by looking at the early political life of LSD in the United States. Before returning to school for my Masters degree in Political Theory and now my PhD, I spent a number of years working in the tech sector. I look forward to talking with y'all about any of these topics, brainstorming your own projects, working on writing, or thinking about your future plans. As a native Texan, I also feel it is my duty to undo years of brainwashing you have probably received about what constitutes proper chili. Contact me at: txturner@g.harvard.edu

House Advisors for Adams, Dunster, Lowell, Mather and Winthrop

UDODIRI OKWANDU: Hello History of Science concentrators! I am a first year PhD student in the History of Science department with interests (broadly) in the intersection of race, medicine, and science, public health policy, social justice, and mental + reproductive health. I graduated from this department in 2017 and wrote my senior thesis on medicalization of Civil Rights protest during the rise of law and order politics in the late 1960s/early 1970s. After graduating, I moved to Washington DC to work as a tech consultant. I hope to use my experience as an undergraduate not only at Harvard, but in the department, to be an effective and supportive resource to you. I am happy to talk about all things History of Science, navigating the department/Harvard academics generally, and more. Contact me at: udodiriokwandu@g.harvard.edu.

JACOB MOSES: Hello! I am doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Science. My research centers on issues of ethics and governance in 20th and 21st century biomedicine. Before starting my PhD, I worked at a bioethics research center. In my current project, I explore how changing notions of medical harm can be tracked over time using concepts of medical regret and remorse that I’m developing in my dissertation. Throughout my graduate studies I’ve been fortunate to teach for a number of courses in the department, from the introductory lecture courses and tutorials to upper-level seminars and advising senior theses. I always learn something new from my conversation with students about the history of science, technology, and medicine. If you’re just discovering the concentration, welcome! I look forward to talking with you. Contact me at: jacobmoses@fas.harvard.edu