graduate students

dissertations directed

Daniel Williford, Planned Precarity: Imperialism, Disaster, and Technoscience in Morocco, 1945-1970. Department of History (Department of History, University of Michigan, completion expected 2019).

Kevin Donovan, Scaling Sovereignty: Frontiers and Futures in Postwar East Africa (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, completion expected 2019).

Emma Park, The Politics of Mobility: An Historical Ethnography of Value and the Moral Economy of Belonging in Colonial and Postcolonial Kenya (Department of History, University of Michigan, completion expected 2017; co-chair Derek Peterson).

Tasha Rijke-EpsteinArchitecture(s) of Belonging: Place-Making, Historical Imagination and Shifting Moral Registers in Mahajanga, Madagascar, 1890s to present (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, completion expected 2017; co-chair Gillian Feeley-Harnik).

Robyn d’AvignonMaking “Artisanal” Miners: Nature, Knowledge, and Subterranean History in Senegal (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2016). Assistant Professor, Department of History, New York University.

Hilde Reinertsen, Powering Global Development? The Evolution of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Norway’s Development Aid to the Energy Sector, 1980-2010 (Centre for Technology, innovation and culture / Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, completion expected 2014; primary supervisor Kristin Asdal).

Davide Orsini, Life in the Nuclear Archipelago: Cold War Technopolitics and U.S. nuclear submarines in Italy (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2015; co-chair Stuart Kirsch). Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mississippi State University.

Kenneth Garner, Seeing Is Knowing: ‘Objectivity’ and the Creation of Visual Culture in France, 1870-1930 (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2012; co-chair Joshua Cole).

Stephen Sparks, Apartheid Modern: SASOL and the making of a South African company town, 1950-2009 (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2012). Lecturer, Department of History, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pete Soppelsa, The Fragility of Modernity: Infrastructure and Everyday Life in Paris, 1870-1914 (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2009; co-chair Joshua Cole). Managing Editor, Technology and Culture, and Assistant Professor, History of Science, University of Oklahoma.

Clapperton Mavhunga, The Mobile Workshop: Science, Technology, and Wildlife Use in the Trans-Limpopo Basin, Southern Africa, 1870-Present (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2008). Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Toby Craig Jones, The dogma of development: Technopolitics and the making of Saudi Arabia, 1950-1980 (Department of History, Stanford University, 2006; co-chair Joel Beinin). Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University.

Sara B. Pritchard, Recreating the Rhône: Nature and technology in France since World War II (Department of History, Stanford University, 2001; co-chair Richard White).  Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University.

dissertation committees & juries

Aro Velmet, Pasteur’s Empire: French Expertise, Colonialism, and Transnational Science, 1890-1945 (Department of History, New York University, completion expected 2017).

Aleksandr Sklyar, Family decisions in the wake of nuclear disaster: Worlds, practices, and (local) knowledge following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, as seen in kinship relations, housing, and food (Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, completion expected 2017).

Dan Hirschman, The Emergence of the Economy as an Object of Knowledge (Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, 2015). Assistant Professor, Brown University.

Sarah Hamilton, From Modernization to Europeanization: Environmental Policy and Philosophy in Spain, 1900-2000 (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2013). Assistant Professor, University of Alabama.

Joshua Grace, Modernization Bubu: Cars, Roads, and the Politics of Development in Tanzania, 1870s to 1980s, (Department of History, Michigan State University, 2013). Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina.

Douglas Andrew Kolozsvari, Civil Society Organizations and the Protection of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Colonial Railways (Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan, 2013).

Lydie Cabane, Gouverner les catastrophes : politiques, savoirs et organisation de la gestion des (risques) de catastrophes en Afrique du Sud (Sociologie de l’action, Sciences Po, 2012). Postdoctoral Fellow, Sciences Po – Bordeaux, France.

Bridget Lauren Guarasci, Reconstructing Life: Environment, Expertise, and Political Power in Iraq’s Southern Marshes 2003-2007 (Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010).

Sezin Topçu, L’agir contestataire à l’épreuve de l’atome. Critique et gouvernement de la critique dans l’histoire de l’énergie nucléaire en France, 1968-2008. (Spécialité Histoire des sciences et des techniques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 2010). Chargée de recherche CNRS, EHESS, Paris, France.

Samuel Temple, Mountain, Moor and Marsh: The Politics of Environmental Transformation in Southern France, 1850-1950 (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2010).

Chandra D. Bhimull, Empire in the Air: Speed, Perception and Airline Travel in the Atlantic World (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2007). Associate Professor, Colby College.

Marina Welker, Global capitalism and the “caring corporation”: Mining and the corporate social responsibility movement in Indonesia and Denver (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2006).  Associate Professor, Cornell University.

Katherine Jenny Worboys, Lessons from a catastrophe: The emergence of new social and political actors in post-dictatorship Argentina, 1984-2004 (Program in Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 2005).

Andrew M. Goss, The Floracrats: Civil science, bureaucracy, and institutional authority in the Netherlands East Indies and Indonesia, 1840-1970 (Department of History, University of Michigan, 2004). Associate Professor, University of New Orleans.

Carlos Martín, Riveting: Steel technology, building codes, and the production of modern places (Department of Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1999). Senior research associate, Urban Institute.

David Adam Kirsch, The electric car and the burden of history: Studies in automotive systems rivalry in America, 1890-1996 (Department of History, Stanford University, 1997).  Associate Professor, University of Maryland.

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