The IAS is delighted to welcome our new director, Jennifer Gunn!
Jennifer Gunn brings broad experience advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching, both as scholar and administrator. She is an associate professor and the director of the Program in the History of Medicine, a program in the Medical School Department of Surgery situated at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the health professions. She shares leadership responsibilities for a tri-college graduate program, the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Jennifer’s research and teaching explore the history of health and medical practice in rural areas, especially in twentieth-century farming and mining communities—scholarship informed by her early personal experience as a coal miner in Alabama. She has also done extensive research on the history of graduate medical education, population studies, and the history of philanthropy. A native Southerner, Jennifer joined the University faculty in 1997 after earning her Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer has had a long relationship with the IAS. A residential fellow in Fall 2008, she currently co-convenes the research/creative collaborative Beyond Science and Technology Studies: A Critical Science Studies Collective and organized an international conference on Chronobiology in May 2012 that was part of the University Symposium on Abundance and Scarcity. She will assume her duties as Director of the IAS on August 15, 2014.