Graduate Students

Leib Celnik
Leib holds a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and art history from Harvard University and an MPhil in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the history of art conservation, with his master’s dissertation focusing on the importation of synthetic dyes used in eighteenth-century Japanese woodblock prints, and his undergraduate thesis focusing on the history of analyses of Greco-Roman marble sculpture. Leib is broadly interested in the history of the physical sciences, museum studies, and material culture studies.

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.

Marlis Hinckley
Marlis holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she studied History of Science with a certificate in Spanish Literature, and an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. She is interested in medieval and early modern natural philosophy, as well as the history of alchemy, botany, and beekeeping.

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.

Juyoung Lee
Juyoung received a BS in Science, Technology and Environmental Studies, a BA in Political Science and International Relations, and an MS in Science and Technology Studies from Seoul National University. Her master’s research traced how South Korean experts appropriated foreign planning methodologies to establish national-scale territorial plan in the 1960s. Before starting her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, Juyoung worked for Science and Technology Policy Institute in South Korea. Juyoung’s research interests include the history of infrastructure and the Cold War history of East Asia.

Zeynep Kuleli Karasahan
Zeynep received her BA in archaeology and history of art from Bilkent University and her MA in history of science from FSMV University. Her master’s thesis focused on Ibn al-Haytham’s Book of Optics and its influence throughout the history of mathematics. After coordinating the program of the School of Philosophy and History of Science (funded by ISTEV) for four years, she joined the history of science and technology program in 2018. Her research interests include the history of mathematics, knowledge networks in the early modern period, witchcraft and women’s studies.

Elliot Mertz
Elliot received his BA in History from the University of Chicago and his MA in European Studies from Yale University. His research centers on the role of epistemology in the application of received knowledge. Particularly, he is interested in how textual interpretations and laboratory practices of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century German and English chymists shaped,  and were in turn shaped by, their understandings of the systematic metaphysics of matter.

Urna Mukherjee
Urna received her BA(Hons) in English from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and MA and MPhil from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has worked on voyage narratives of the India run during the British Colonial period, undertaking a broad survey of the Colonial anxieties of imagining, inscribing and regulating the Indian Ocean from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Urna’s interests include changing technologies of maritime navigation and sailing, and the relations between such technological transformations and the operative, discursive and narrative practices involving navigation, exploration and administration of the oceans in the backdrop of global colonial empires.

Douwe Schipper
Douwe received his BA (hons) in history and religion studies from Utrecht University’s University College Roosevelt (2016), his MSc in History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University (2018), and his MA in North American Studies from Leiden University (2019). He is primarily interested the technological and social history of urban transportation infrastructure. His current work compares the history of highways in different European and North American cities in the second half of the twentieth century.