Graduate Students

Marc Alsina
Marc graduated from Brandeis University in 2013 with a BA in History, focusing on the history of Latin American politics in the 20th century. His interests include the history of science and technology in Latin America, aviation in Latin America and the United States, and industrial development in Argentina and Brazil.

Joanna Behrman
Joanna received an AB in physics from Harvard University and an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. Hermaster’s thesis examined the role of introductory physics textbooks in familiarizing home economics students with emerging technologies in the early 20th century. Joanna’s research interests include the history of modern physics, popular science and scientific narratives, and scientific pedagogy.

Nuno Castel-Branco
Nuno received a BSc and an MSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Lisbon. His Master’s research focused on theories of gravity and the accelerated expansion of the universe. He published his research in Physics Letters B. Since then he shifted his attention to the History of science in the early modern period. His research interests now focus on early modern mixed mathematics and physics, and science and religion.

Filip Geaman
Filip graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in history and physics. His research interests focus on the intellectual history of the early modern period, concentrating on the history of religion and its effects on the natural sciences of 16th and 17th century Europe.

Ryan Hearty
Ryan received an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BM in guitar performance from Peabody Conservatory. For his master’s degree, he created a library of communications modules for FPGAs. After working on NASA flight hardware for several years at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Ryan joined the history of science and technology program in 2017. He is interested in the history of computer and communications technology, early modern natural philosophy and history of the environmental sciences.

Yize Hu
Yize received a BSc in chemistry from Nanjing University and an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. His master’s thesis examined the controversies over chemical fertilizer and emergence of agricultural expertise in modern China. He is currently interested in the histories of hormone, rejuvenation technology, and modification of body in modern China and Japan.

Emily Margolis
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in history of science and technology from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation, “Space Travel at 1G: Space Tourism in Cold War America,” explores the history of family vacations to space sites such as Cape Canaveral and Space Camp. She is interested in the ways in which Americans made personal meaning from space exploration as tourists and proprietors of space-themed attractions. Emily plans to pursue a curatorial career and has interned at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden, Germany.

Jonathan Phillips
Jonathan received a BA in History from Portland State University and an MA from the University of Chicago. His master’s thesis explored Julian Huxley’s “evolutionary humanism,” a new, secular religion which was intended to produce social reform through a process of directed cultural and biological evolution. His research interests revolve around the history of modern biology, especially social and political applications of evolutionary theory.

Emilie Raymer
Emilie received a BA in history and American Studies from the College of William and Mary and an MA from the University of Chicago. Her master’s thesis explored Thorstein Veblen’s theory that economics and Darwinian evolutionary theory should be integrated. She is interested in the history of evolutionary biology, the development of social scientific disciplines, and American intellectual and cultural history. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she started graduate work at Johns Hopkins.