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 2:30-4:30 pm 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.

 

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, Winthrop, Lowell, and Kirkland

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.

Alyssa Botelho: Hi History and Science concentrators! I am in my fifth year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School, and am pursuing my graduate work in the History of Science department. My dissertation research is on the history of urban-rural health disparities and rural medical practice in the 20th-century United States. My previous research was on the history of leftist science activism in the U.S. during the 1960s and 70s. Before starting medical school, I graduated from Harvard College and spent one year working as a reporter in Boston. I love talking about the history of medicine, public health, and biology and am happy to be of assistance to you in any way that I can -- be that choosing courses, developing senior theses, or thinking about future careers. Contact me at: alyssa_botelho@g.harvard.edu.

House Advisors for Pfoho, Cabot, Currier, 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

YVAN PRKACHIN: Hello History and Science concentrators! I am an historian of the brain and mind sciences, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, and received my Ph.D from Harvard’s History of Science Department in 2018. My dissertation, Wired Together: The Montreal Neurological Institute and the Origins of Modern Neuroscience, examines the pivotal role of the Montreal Neurological Institute in launching modern interdisciplinary ‘neuroscience.’ More broadly, my research examines the confluence of technology and the sciences of brain and mind in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of ‘interdisciplinary’ science more generally.  I  have taught courses on the history of psychiatry, science in the Cold War, the history of technology, the history of ‘brainwashing’ and mind control, along with tutorial classes in Harvard’s History of Science Department. Like many Canadians, I enjoy a good hockey game, and discussing the relative merits of different national syrup traditions.  Contact me at: yvanprkachin@fas.harvard.edu

House Advisors for Adams, Dunster, Leverett, and Mather

JORDAN HOWELL: I am thrilled to be a History and Science House Advisor this Spring! I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of the History of Science. Before coming to Harvard, I studied philosophy, history and computer science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My research is about technology, labor, and capitalism. In my dissertation, I plan to examine the global history of aluminum production, with a particular focus on two of the most important aluminum-producing regions in the twentieth century: the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest. I’d be glad to chat about history of science as a field, course selection, organizing a research trip, or your current coursework and research projects. Contact me at: j_howell@g.harvard.edu

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.