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Kathryn Olesko is a faculty member at Georgetown University where she has a joint appointment in the Program for Science, Technology, and International Affairs and the Department of History.
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Sci-Med-Tech
|Interests:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Modern European History / Studies
Kathryn Olesko studied physics and mathematics as an undergraduate and then turned to the history of science (especially modern physics), modern European intellectual history, and modern German history for her doctorate. At Georgetown for most of her career, she also has taught at Clarkson University, Cornell University, and Princeton University. She was the Dibner Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library and Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. She teaches courses in the history of science (including the Atomic Age; Comparative Nuclear Cultures; Science, Technology, & International Affairs; Art, Science, & Technology in the Renaissance; and the Scientific Revolution), modern European intellectual history, and Global History on the theme of Exploration from the Out of Africa migration to the Iberian Ascendency. She maintains that using scientific evidence as historical evidence requires a critical perspective on where that evidence came from and how it emerged. She has held several administrative positions at Georgetown including Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, and founding Co-Director of the Center for the Environment. She is Past Editor of Osiris and Past Associate Editor of Isis, the two major American journals for the history of science. Her awards include fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other foundations. Her main research interest is the history of science and technology since the seventeenth century, with a special interest in measuring practices, science pedagogy, science and engineering in Prussia, comparative nuclear cultures. In 1998 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for contributions to scholarship and teaching in the history of science and for leadership in AAAS and the History of Science Society.” She became Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016 "for foundational contributions to the history of physics pedagogy and prolific editorial work in service of the history of science." She was awarded the 2016 Georgetown University College Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.