Working Groups

Human Sciences

The Working Group on the History of the Human Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.  Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on third Wednesdays.  Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.


  • Jamie Cohen-Cole

    Jamie Cohen-Cole is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. He focuses on how the work of scientists, social critics, educators and policy makers interact; the processes through which the sciences define normal human nature, the history of computing, and the values that shape intellectual culture.


  • Greg Eghigian

    Greg Eghigian is Professor of History at Penn State University. His research focuses primarily on the science and medicine surrounding forms of social deviance, particularly psychiatric disorders, criminality, and the paranormal. His most recent books include The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health (2017) and The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in Twentieth-Century Germany (2015). He is presently writing a book on the history of the UFO phenomenon.


Upcoming Meetings

  • October 18, 2017


  • November 15, 2017


  • January 17, 2018


  • February 21, 2018


  • March 21, 2018


  • April 18, 2018


Past Meetings

  • September 13, 2017

    Discussion of course syllabi and reading lists in the history of the human sciences

  • April 12, 2017

    Note Special Day
    A series of short reflections (each about 500 words) on the future of the history of anthropology. These pieces were recently published as part of the digital relaunch of the History of Anthropology Newsletter

  • March 15, 2017

    Ian Merkel (NYU), "Atlantic Crossings and Disciplinary Reformulation in the 1930s: the case of French Social Science at the University of São Paulo"

  • February 15, 2017

    Rosanna Dent, (University of Pennsylvania) "Fission-Fusion: Interdisciplinarity in the Human Geneticists’ Tribe."

  • January 18, 2017

    Alicia Puglionesi (Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine NEH Postdoctoral Fellow), "The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”

  • November 16, 2016

    The group discussed three articles from the recent Osiris volume on the "History of Science and Emotions."

  • October 19, 2016

    Greg Eghigian (Penn State) discussed the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

  • April 15, 2015

    Erika Milam of Princeton University introduced her draft chapter, "Death of the Killer Ape: the 'New' Politics of Humans as Animals"

  • March 18, 2015

    Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar, introduced an excerpt of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

  • February 18, 2015

    Nadia Berenstein of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper, “Defining Flavor: Taste Panels and Sensory Research, 1930-1950"

Group Membership