Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professors

STS benefits from the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor position at Harvey Mudd College, which has brought top scholars in the field to Claremont since its inception in the late 1990s.  Past occupants of this position are:

Jennifer Tucker, Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University. Her research interests include the  history of science and technology, Victorian visual culture, photographic truth and evidence, early science film history and spectatorship, gender and science, and the links between art and the popularization of science in the British Empire.  She is the author of  Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science (Johns Hopkins University, 2005) and the editor of a recent special theme issue of History and Theory on “Photography and Historical Interpretation” (Dec. 2009).  She has published on scientific ballooning, visual history and the archive, photographic evidence in Victorian law, and the relationship between gender and genre in nineteenth-century European scientific illustration.

Zuoyue Wang, Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Born in China, Wang's research interests include historical studies of modern Chinese and American science and technology policy, U.S.-China scientific relations and Asian/Chinese American scientists. His book “In Sputnik's Shadow: The President's Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America” was published by Rutgers University Press in July 2008 (a Chinese translation will be published by Beijing University Press, with a paperback version expected in 2010). He is working on his next book project—tentatively entitled “Chinese American Scientists: A Transnational History”—and a historical study on U.S.-China interactions on the issue of global warming.

Gary Marx, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of “Protest and Prejudice”, “Undercover: Police Surveillance in America”, “Collective Behavior and Social Movements” (with Doug McAdam). “Undercover” received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. With Norman Goodman, he revised “Society Today” and edited “Sociology: Popular and Classical Approaches”.

Suzanne Moon, Professor of Humanitarian Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Author of “Humanitarian Science and Engineering” with C. Mitcham and J. Lucena (2005). Her interests are in technology and International Development.

Andrea Loettgers, Center for Biological Circuitry Design at California Institute of Technology.

Sal Restivo, Sociologist of Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Author of The Social Relations of Physics, Mysticism, and Mathematics (1985), The Sociological Worldview (1995), Mathematics in Society and History (1992), Science, Society, and Values: Toward a Sociology of Objectivity (1994), and other publications.

Darin Barney, Professor of Philosophy at University of Ottawa. Author of Prometheus Wired (Chicago, 2000).

Andrew Feenberg, Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University. Author of Lukacs, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory (Oxford University Press, 1986), Critical Theory of Technology (Oxford University Press, 1991), Alternative Modernity (University of California Press, 1995), and Questioning Technology (Routledge, 1999).

Langdon Winner, Professor of Political Science, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Science and Technology Studies. Author of The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago Press, 1988), and Technology and the Human Experience (Forthcoming).

David Noble, Professor of History, York University. Author of Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education (2002), The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention (1999), Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation (1986), and America by Design: Science, Technology and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism (1979).