History & Philosophy of Science Certificate Program
History and Philosophy of Science Certificate Program

Faculty and Researchers

This page lists UT faculty and researchers who work on various topics in History and Philosophy of Science, Medicine, or Technology. The list is organized by fields or topics:


History & Philosophy

of Biology

Sahotra SarkarSahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Biology

Philosophy of BIOLOGY, environment, genetics, logical empiricism, Darwin.  Selected BooksDoubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution (2007), Genetics and Reductionism (1998), Molecular Models of Life: Philosophical Papers on Molecular Biology (2005), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, co-ed. (2008), Courses: BIO301C History of Biology, PHL363L Philosophy of Biology, PHL363L Darwin, Evolution, and Philosophy, PHL363L Darwin and Design.


Megan RabyMegan Raby

Assistant Professor, History

History of Biology, tropical ECOLOGY, biodiversity, environmental history.  BookAmerican Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science (forthcoming in November 2017).  Courses: HIS322G History of the Modern Life Sciences, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math. 


Bruce J HuntBruce J. Hunt 

Associate Professor, History 

History of the sciences, including biology.  Courses: HIS322D Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century, HIS322M History of Modern Science.


Philippa LevinePhilippa Levine

Professor, History

History of EUGENICS, medicine, and science ethics in society, human experimentation.  Selected Books: Eugenics: a Very Short Introduction (2017), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, co-ed. (2012).  Course: HIS365G Science, Ethics, and Society.


Alberto MartinezAlberto A. Martinez

Professor, History

Director, HPS Certificate

History of science; biology and behavior, biology and race.  Selected Book: Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths (2011).  Courses: HIS366N Biology, Behavior & Injustice, HIS350L Race, Science, and Racism, TC302/UGS303 Scientists and Religion in History, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math, HIS317N Discovery History, HIS322M History of Modern Science.


 David PrindleDavid Prindle

Professor, Government

POLITICS of EVOLUTION, Darwin, Stephen J. Gould.  Selected Book: Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution (2009).  Course: CTI372 Darwin and the Politics of Evolution.


Lydia PyneLydia Pyne

Writer and Historian 

History of ANTHROPOLOGY, fossils, museums, and material culture.  Selected Books: Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils (2016), The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene (2012). 


History & Philosophy

of Physics and Astronomy

Bruce J HuntBruce J. Hunt 

Associate Professor, History 

History of physics, ELECTRICITY, telegraphy, Maxwell, FitzGerald, Heaviside, Kelvin.  BooksThe Maxwellians (1994), Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein (2010), and, Cables, Commerce, and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire (in progress).  Courses: HIS322D Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century, HIS322M History of Modern Science, HIS350L The Galileo Affair, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math, UGS303 Science and Art: Then and Now, HIS350L Electrification, HIS329P History of the Atomic Bomb.


Alberto MartinezAlberto A. Martinez

Professor, History

Director, HPS Certificate

History of physics, RELATIVITY, myths, Einstein, Galileo, Bruno.  Selected Books: Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein’s Relativity (2009), Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths (2011), Burned Alive: Bruno, Galileo, and the Inquisition (forthcoming in June 2018).  Courses: HIS317N Discovery History, HIS322M History of Modern Science, HIS350L Einstein in an Age of Conflicts, TC302/UGS303 Scientists and Religion in History, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math.


Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg

Professor, Physics

PHYSICS, astronomy, modern physics and its history.  Selected Books: To Explain the World: Discovery of Modern Science (2016), The Discovery of Subatomic Particles (2003), Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries (2001).  Course: PHY341 History of Physics.


Volker BrommVolker Bromm

Professor, Astronomy

ASTRONOMY and its history and philosophy.  Selected Books: The First Stars and Galaxies: Challenges for the Next Decade, co-ed. (2010), The First Galaxies: Theoretical Predictions and Observational Clues, co-ed. (2012).  Course: AST350L History and Philosophy of Astronomy.


Cory JuhlCory F. Juhl

Professor, Philosophy

Associate Chair, Philosophy

Professor philosophy of physics and mathematics.  Courses: PHL316K  Science and Philosophy, PHL322 Science and the Modern World, PHL363L Topics in Philosophy of Science, PHL363L Space, Time, and Infinity, PHL375M Philosophy of Math and Physics.


Richard FitzpatrickRichard Fitzpatrick

Professor, Physics 

Physics, ancient Greek GEOMETRY and Ptolemy’s astronomy.  Selected Books: Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, trans. and ed. (2007), A Modern Almagest: An Updated Version of Ptolemy's Almagest (2010).


Mark RaizenMark Raizen

Professor, Physics

Experimental PHYSICS, atom optics, quantum physics, history of physics, Maxwell, statistical mechanics, Brownian motion. 


Joshua RoebkeJoshua Roebke

Lecturer, Science Writing 

History of MODERN PHYSICS, science writing.  Book: The Invisible World: The Story of Physics in the Twentieth Century (in progress).  Selected Course: NSC110H Natural Sciences Honors Course.


Van HerdVan Herd

Lecturer, History and Mathematics 

History of physics and mathematics, Newton, SCIENCE AND RELIGION.  Book: The Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (in progress).  Courses: HIS322M History Of Modern Science, HIS329U Perspectives on Science & Math, HIS362G Women In Science.


Philosophy of Science

Larry LaudanLarry Laudan

Lecurer, Law and Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE and LAW.  Selected Books: Science and Relativism (1990), Progress and Its Problems: Towards a Theory of Scientific Growth (1977), Truth, Error, and Criminal Law: An Essay in Legal Epistemology (2006), Science and Values: The Aims of Science and their Role in Scientific Debate (1984), Beyond Positivism and Relativism (1996), Science and Hypothesis: Historical Essays on Scientific Methodology (1981), Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change, co-ed. (1988), Mind and Medicine: Problems of Explanation and Evaluation in Psychiatry and the Biomedical Sciences, ed. (1983), Physics, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, co-ed. (1983).  Courses: PHL322 Science and the Modern World, LAW397S Differing Roles of Evidence in Science and in Law.


Cory JuhlCory F. Juhl

Professor, Philosophy

Associate Chair, Philosophy

Professor PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, mathematics, philosophy of mind and religion.  Book: Analyticity, co-author (2009).  Courses: PHL316K  Science and Philosophy, PHL313 Introductory Symbolic Logic, PHL322 Science and the Modern World, PHL363L Topics in Philosophy of Science, PHL363L Space, Time, and Infinity, PHL375M Philosophy of Math and Physics, PHL363L Outer Limits of Reason, PHL344M Philosophy of Mathematics.


Sahotra SarkarSahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Biology

Philosophy of BIOLOGY, environment, genetics, logical empiricism, Darwin.  Selected BooksEnvironmental Philosophy (2012), Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution (2007), Genetics and Reductionism (1998), Molecular Models of Life: Philosophical Papers on Molecular Biology (2005), Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy (2005), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, co-ed. (2008), Decline and Obsolescence of Logical Empiricism: Carnap vs. Quine and the Critics, ed. (1996), The Legacy of the Vienna Circle, ed. (1996), Logic, Probability, and Epistemology: The Power of Semantics, ed. (1996), Logical Empiricism and the Special Sciences, ed. (1996), The Emergence of Logical Empiricism: From 1900 to the Vienna Circle, ed. (1996), The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia, co-ed. (2006).  Courses: BIO301C History of Biology, PHL363L Philosophy of Biology, PHL363L Darwin, Evolution, and Philosophy, PHL325C Environmental Ethics, PHL363L Darwin and Design, PHL316K Science and Philosophy, PHL363L Philosophy of Science.


Josh DeverJosh Dever

Professor, Philosophy

Logic, SCIENTIFIC REASONING, and philosophy of language.  Selected Course: PHL313Q Logic And Scientific Reasoning. 


Katherine DunlopKatherine Dunlop

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Philosophy of MATHEMATICS and science, Newton, Kant, Descartes, space and time, early modern philosophy.  Selected Courses: PHL329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant, PHL344M Philosophy Of Mathematics.


Jeffrey LeonJeffrey C. Leon

Lecturer, Philosophy

Philosophy of science, medicine, ETHICS, and society, Descartes, Kant.  Book: Science and Philosophy in the West (1999).  Courses: PHL325M Medicine, Ethics, and Society, PHL322 Science and the Modern World, PHL329U Perspectives on Science and Math.


History & Ethics

of Medicine 

Abena Dove Osseo-AsareAbena Dove Osseo-Asare

Associate Professor, History

History of African MEDICINE, global health, biotechnology, nuclear energy.  BooksBitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (2014), Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in an African Suburb (in progress).  Courses: HIS350L Medicine In African History, HIS381 Drugs In World History, HIS366N Global History Of Disease.


Leslie Dean-JonesLesley Dean-Jones

Associate Professor, Classics

ANCIENT MEDICINE and philosophy.  BooksWomen's Bodies in Classical Greek Science (1994), A Commentary on the Pseudo-Aristotle Historia Animalium Book X (in progress).  Course: CC348 Ancient Greek Medicine.


Megan SeaholmMegan Seaholm

Senior Lecturer, History

History of MEDICINE and especially women’s health care.  Courses: HIS350R: Women, Health and Medicine in American History, HIS350R Women In Sickness & Health.


Jeffrey LeonJeffrey C. Leon

Lecturer, Philosophy

Philosophy of science, medicine, ETHICS, and society, Descartes, Kant.  Book: Science and Philosophy in the West (1999).  Courses: PHL325M Medicine, Ethics, and Society, PHL322 Science and the Modern World, PHL329U Perspectives on Science and Math.


Lina del CastilloLina del Castillo

Assistant Professor, History 

Science, Technology, and Medicine in Latin America; History of Geography and Cartography.  Book: Sciences of the Republican Vanguard: Battling Inventions of the Spanish Colonial Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (forthcoming in March 2018).


History & Philosophy

of Mathematics

Alberto MartinezAlberto A. Martinez

Professor, History

Director, HPS Certificate

History of math: negative and imaginary numbers, algebra, vectors, Pythagoras, historical myths in mathematics.  Selected Books: Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent (2005), Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein’s Relativity (2009), The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths (2012).  Courses:  HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math.


Cory JuhlCory F. Juhl

Professor, Philosophy

Associate Chair, Philosophy

Professor PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, mathematics, philosophy of mind and religion.  Book: Analyticity, co-author (2009).  Courses: PHL313 Introductory Symbolic Logic, PHL363L Topics in Philosophy of Science, PHL363L Space, Time, and Infinity, PHL375M Philosophy of Math and Physics, PHL363L Outer Limits of Reason, PHL344M Philosophy of Mathematics.


Katherine DunlopKatherine Dunlop

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Philosophy of MATHEMATICS and science, Newton, Kant, Descartes, space and time, early modern philosophy.  Selected Courses: PHL329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant, PHL344M Philosophy Of Mathematics.


Van HerdVan Herd

Lecturer, History and Mathematics 

History of physics and mathematics, Newton.  Book: The Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (in progress).  Courses: HIS322M History Of Modern Science, HIS329U Perspectives on Science & Math, HIS362G Women In Science.


Sahotra SarkarSahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Biology

Philosophy of BIOLOGY, environment, genetics, logical empiricism, Darwin.  Selected BooksThe Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia, co-ed. (2006). PHL363L Philosophy of Science.


Richard FitzpatrickRichard Fitzpatrick

Professor, Physics 

Physics, ancient Greek GEOMETRY and Ptolemy’s astronomy.  Selected Books: Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, trans. and ed. (2007), A Modern Almagest: An Updated Version of Ptolemy's Almagest (2010).


History & Philosophy

of Environmental Sciences

Erika BsumekErika Bsumek

Associate Professor, History

History of the ENVIRONMENT, Native Americans, anthropology, and engineering.  Books: Indian-made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace (2008), Nation States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History, co-ed. (2013), The Concrete West: Engineering Society and Culture in the Arid West, 1900-1970 (in progress).  Courses: HIS392 Environmental History, HIS350R Environmental History of North America, HIS317L Building America.


Sahotra SarkarSahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Biology

Philosophy of BIOLOGY, environment, genetics, logical empiricism, Darwin.  Selected BooksEnvironmental Philosophy (2012), Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy (2005), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, co-ed. (2008). Courses: BIO301C History of Biology, PHL363L Philosophy of Biology, PHL363L Darwin, Evolution, and Philosophy, PHL325C Environmental Ethics, PHL363L Darwin and Design, PHL316K Science and Philosophy, PHL363L Philosophy of Science.


Megan RabyMegan Raby

Assistant Professor, History

History of Biology, tropical ECOLOGY, biodiversity, environmental history.  BookAmerican Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science (forthcoming in November 2017).  Courses: HIS322G History of the Modern Life Sciences, HIS350L Global Environmental History, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math. 


Sciences, Medicine, & Math

in Ancient Times

Alex MourelatosAlexander Mourelatos

Professor Emeritus, Classics

Ancient philosophy and early GREEK SCIENCE, the Pre-Socratics.  Selected Books: The Route of Parmenides (1970), The Pre-Socratics: A Collection of Critical Essays (2014). 


Leslie Dean-JonesLesley Dean-Jones

Associate Professor, Classics

ANCIENT MEDICINE and philosophy.  BooksWomen's Bodies in Classical Greek Science (1994), A Commentary on the Pseudo-Aristotle Historia Animalium Book X (in progress).  Course: CC348 Ancient Greek Medicine.


Richard FitzpatrickRichard Fitzpatrick

Professor, Physics 

Physics, ancient Greek GEOMETRY and Ptolemy’s astronomy.  Selected Books: Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, trans. and ed. (2007), A Modern Almagest: An Updated Version of Ptolemy's Almagest (2010).


Alberto MartinezAlberto A. Martinez

Professor, History

Director, HPS Certificate

Ancient math, Pythagoras.  Selected Books:  The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths (2012).  Courses: HIS317N Discovery History, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math.


Sciences, Religion,

and Belief

Robert AbzugRobert Abzug

Professor, History 

History of PSYCHOLOGY and psychiatry, religion, William James.  Selected Book: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, ed. (2012).


J Brent CrossonJ. Brent Crosson

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies 

ANTHROPOLOGY of religion, science, and secularism, especially in the Caribbean. His current research compares the ethics of spiritual healers and petroleum geologists in relation to subterranean energy in Trinidad. Course: RS373/ANT324L Science, Magic, Religion.


Sahotra SarkarSahotra Sarkar

Professor, Philosophy and Biology

Philosophy, biology and religion, Darwin.  Selected BooksDoubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution (2007), Genetics and Reductionism (1998), Molecular Models of Life: Philosophical Papers on Molecular Biology (2005), A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, co-ed. (2008), Courses: BIO301C History of Biology, PHL363L Philosophy of Biology, PHL363L Darwin, Evolution, and Philosophy, PHL363L Darwin and Design.


Van HerdVan Herd

Lecturer, History and Mathematics 

Newton, SCIENCE AND RELIGION, theology, Baroque science, neurophysiology.  Book: The Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (in progress).  Courses: HIS322M History Of Modern Science, HIS329U Perspectives on Science & Math, HIS362G Women In Science.


Alberto MartinezAlberto A. Martinez

Professor, History

Director, HPS Certificate

Einstein's religious beliefs, Galileo, Bruno, the Inquisition.  Selected Books: Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths (2011), Burned Alive: Bruno, Galileo, and the Inquisition (forthcoming in June 2018).  Courses: HIS322M History of Modern Science, HIS350L Einstein in an Age of Conflicts, TC302/UGS303 Scientists and Religion in History.


Bruce J HuntBruce J. Hunt

Associate Professor, History 

Science and religion; Darwin, Galileo.  Courses: HIS350L The Galileo Affair, HIS322D Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century, HIS322M History of Modern Science.


Sciences and Culture

Linda HendersonLinda Henderson

Professor, Art History

History of ART in relation to geometry, science, and technology.  Books: The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art (1983/2013), From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, co-ed., (2002), Duchamp in Context: Science and Technology in the Large Glass and Related Works (1998).  Course: UGS303 Science and Art: Then and Now.


Jorge Canizares-EsguerraJorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Professor, History

History of the Spanish empire and early modern science in the ATLANTIC world.  Selected Books: Nature, Empire, And Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World (2006), How to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (2001).


Rachel LaudanRachel Laudan

Researcher, History and Philosophy 

History of FOOD SCIENCE, philosophy of science, scientific progress, history of geology.  Selected Books: Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History (2013), The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage (1996), From Mineralogy to Geology: The Foundations of a Science 1650-1830 (1987), The Nature of Technological Knowledge. Are Models of Scientific Change Relevant? ed. (1984), The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, co-ed. (2003), Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change, co-ed. (2012).


Tracie MatysikTracie Matysik

Associate Professor, History

Modern European INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, sexuality, ethics.  Selected Book: Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890-1930 (2008).


Neil KamilNeil Kamil

Associate Professor, History

History of MATERIAL CULTURES, artisans, and alchemists.  Selected Book: Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots' New World (2005).


Lina del CastilloLina del Castillo

Assistant Professor, History 

Science, Technology, and Medicine in Latin America; History of Geography and Cartography.  Book: Sciences of the Republican Vanguard: Battling Inventions of the Spanish Colonial Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (forthcoming in March 2018).


Philippa LevinePhilippa Levine

Professor, History

History of EUGENICS, medicine, and science ethics in society, human experimentation.  Selected Books: Eugenics: a Very Short Introduction (2017), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, co-ed. (2012).  Course: HIS365G Science, Ethics, and Society.


Bruce J HuntBruce J. Hunt 

Associate Professor, History 

History of physics, ELECTRICITY, telegraphy, science and art.  BooksThe Maxwellians (1994), Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein (2010), and, Cables, Commerce, and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire (in progress).  Courses: HIS322D Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century, HIS322M History of Modern Science, HIS350L The Galileo Affair, HIS329U Perspectives on Science and Math, UGS303 Science and Art: Then and Now, HIS350L Electrification, HIS329P History of the Atomic Bomb.


Joshua RoebkeJoshua Roebke

Lecturer, Science Writing 

History of MODERN PHYSICS in relation to ART.  Book: The Invisible World: The Story of Physics in the Twentieth Century (in progress).  Selected Course: NSC110H Natural Sciences Honors Course.


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