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Soraya de Chadarevian


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Contact Information

Email    chadarevian@history.ucla.edu
Office  5272 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3888
Soraya de Chadarevian moved to UCLA from the University of Cambridge, England.

She has a joint appointment in the Department of History and the new Center for Society and Genetics. Her main area of interest concerns the history of the biomedical sciences from the nineteenth century to the present, with special interest for the period after World War II. She has a background in biology (degrees from the University of Bologna, Italy and the University of Freiburg, Germany) and philosophy (PhD, University of Konstanz) as well as in the history of science and, among others, has held fellowhips at the Walther Rathenau Program and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin; at La Villette in Paris; at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and at Churchill College Cambridge.

She is interested in the material practices of the biomedical sciences and the place of these sciences in the broader culture as well as in historiographical issues. She has worked extensively on the history of molecular biology and the complex cultural processes that participated in the development of the new science after World War II. Her publications on this topic include the monograph Designs for Life: Molecular Biology after World War II (Cambridge University Press 2002); the exhibition catalogue Representations of the Double Helix (Whipple Museum 2002); the co-edited volume Molecularizing Biology and Medicine: New Strategies and Alliances, 1910s-1970s (Harwood 1998); as well as numerous articles in books and journals. Other recent publications include the co-edited volume Models: The Third Dimension of Science (Stanford 2004). Currently she is studying the ways in which the biological sciences participated in and profited from the developments and concerns of the atomic age. She is also pursuing a research project on the changing culture of biological research that accompanied the rise of biotechnology in the 1970s. She will be teaching courses on genetics and society and related issues in the Center as well as more general history of science, technology and medicine courses in the Department of History.

Research

History of the biomedical sciences from the nineteenth century to the present, with special interest in the period after World War II.

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Fall Quarter

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2015 Winter Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2014 Fall Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA

2013 Fall Quarter

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2012 Winter Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2011 Fall Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2011 Winter Quarter

Topics in History: Science/Technology

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA

Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2009 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Science/Technology

2008 Fall Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2008 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Science/Technology

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA

Seminar: History of Science

2007 Spring Quarter

Seminar: History of Science

2007 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Science/Technology

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 200O
Advanced Historiography: Science/Technology

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 297B
Seminar: History of Science

2015 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 297A
Seminar: History of Science

2014 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

HIST 3C
Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA

2014 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 201O
Topics in History: Science/Technology

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 191I
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Science/Technology

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 191I
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Science/Technology

2007 Winter Quarter