Cathryn Carson

Associate Professor (History)


History of science


Current Research

  • Heidegger and modern theoretical physics
  • Ethnography of data science (within the Berkeley Institute for Data Science)
  • Engineering nuclear waste: Constructing knowledge and uncertainty across timescales
  • History of 20th-century physics: conceptual, cultural, social, political
  • Relations between science and philosophy and between scientists and philosophers
  • History of science in Germany and the United States
  • Nuclear history
  • History and ethnography of contemporary research institutions
  • History of technology
  • Modern German history
  • Intellectual history (European, U.S.)


A.B., 1990, University of Chicago, history and philosophy of science; also completed requirements for A.B., physics, and S.B., mathematics
A.M., 1993, Harvard University, physics
Ph.D., 1995, Harvard University, history of science

Last updated:

February 22, 2018