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Graduate Program in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Requirements for Doctorate
Related UCLA Centers and Programs
Selected UCLA Collections
Los Angeles Resources


The History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Program at UCLA offers graduate students the opportunity to work with leading scholars in the field. Please consult the faculty homepages for the research interests of individual professors. Several of our faculty members have affiliations with other research centers or departments: Institute for Society and Genetics, Center for the Study of Women, Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, Clark Library, and Huntington Library. Students accepted into the history of science, medicine, and technology field at UCLA will also work with professors in other fields of history and often with faculty in other departments as well. There are many faculty members at UCLA interested in various aspects of science studies, in a wide range of departments and programs including information studies, sociology, anthropology, law, gender studies, architecture, and English. Students in the history of science program are encouraged to work with them and attend the many interdisciplinary events on campus related to historical and social studies of science. Our program runs a regular colloquium series on the history of science, medicine, and technology, on Monday afternoons throughout the academic year. Talks range from presentations by outside speakers and visiting faculty to works-in-progress papers by local faculty and graduate students. There is also a Research Forum organized by the Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities in the medical school; this forum hosts monthly informal presentations by faculty and student research on social and historical studies of medicine. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate with faculty in organizing events and inviting speakers to the colloquium. The southern California campuses of the University of California also hold a collaborative history of science graduate student workshop every year. This workshop rotates between campuses and allows graduate students the opportunity to present their work and build relationships with colleagues in the field.

Specific directions for application for the graduate program may be found on the UCLA History Department website.


Emeritus FacultyAffiliated faculty
  • Joel Braslow: (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences): Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994; M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 1984.
    History of Psychiatry; jbraslow@ucla.edu
  • Christopher Kelty: (Institute for Society and Genetics and Department of Information Studies): Anthropological and Historical Work on Computer Science, Software, and Operating Systems; Ethics and Politics of Nanotechnology; ckelty@ucla.edu
  • Hannah Landecker: (Center for Society and Genetics and Department of Sociology): Social and Historical Study of Biotechnology and Life Science from 1900-Present; landecker@soc.ucla.edu
  • Marcia Meldrum: (Center for Social Medicine and Humanities, David Geffen School of Medicine): History of Pain Research and Management; History of Public Mental Health Policy and Mental Health Care; Oral History of the Biomedical Sciences; meldrum@history.ucla.edu
  • Michael Osman: (Architecture and Urban Design): Science and Technology Studies, Architectural History 19th and 20th Century, History of Modernism, Histories of Infrastructures and Ecological Sciences in Connection with the Built Environment, Spaces of Industrial Production, History of Environmental and Economic Systems of Regulation; michael.osman@aud.ucla.edu
  • Sharon Traweek: (Department of Gender Studies) Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982.
    History of 20th Century Physical Science (U.S. and Japan); Cultural Studies of Science; Gender and Science; traweek@history.ucla.edu

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The History Department has five-year fellowship and teaching assistant packages and the science, medicine, and technology field has additional funds to support graduate students. The field also has some funds for supporting graduate student conference and research travel. There are also short-term fellowships for research in the UCLA library collections available to graduate students: The James and Sylvia Thayer Short Term Fellowship; the Ahmanson Graduate Student Research Grant in History of Medicine; Clark Library fellowships administered by Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.

Faculty in the field teach three-course undergraduate sequence of lower-division courses (History 3A, 3C, 3D), with discussion sections led by teaching assistants. Graduate students in the field have the opportunity to teach in these courses, as well as in other departmental offerings.

Program Requirements 

For information regarding the degree requirements for the History Department, please click here.

For more information regarding the program requirements, please visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/programs/social-sciences/history/


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Related UCLA Centers and Programs

UCLA and the surrounding Southern California area offer exceptionally rich resources for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. What follows is but a selection of related centers, programs, and resources at UCLA and beyond. Many of the centers and institutes offer lecture series, workshops, and conferences throughout the academic year.

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Selected UCLA Collections

  • Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences - support the study of the history of medicine and biology. Collections consist of books, journals, manuscript, prints, portraits, and medical artifacts.
  • Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library - repository for one of the country's leading collections of rare books, manuscripts, historic photographs, and other special materials - many of which are related to the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.
  • John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection - promotes and ensures the study of the history of pain research and pain therapy in the post-World War II era, in particular, the origins, growth, and development of the international, interdisciplinary pain field.
  • Neuroscience History Archives - identifies and preserves the papers of living neuroscientists and records of their professional organizations; assists neuroscientists in finding appropriate repositories for their papers; promotes access to this documentary evidence through the preparation of finding aids and other guides; facilitates scholarly use of the collections; and carries out research and education in the history of neuroscience.
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library - is a rare book and manuscripts library, with particular strengths in English and Continental literature and history (1500-1800), including considerable holdings in the sciences. It is located in the West Adams area, thirteen miles east of campus and it is administered by UCLA's Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Los Angeles Area Resources for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

  • Caltech Einstein Papers Project - selects from among more than 40,000 documents contained in the personal collection of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), and an additional 30,000 Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered by the editors since the 1980s, to eventually create a complete series of The Collected Papers, which will provide the first complete picture of a massive written legacy that ranges from Einstein's first work on the special and general theories of relativity and the origins of quantum theory, to expressions of his profound concern with civil liberties, education, Zionism, pacifism, and disarmament.
  • Caltech Institute Archives - serves as the collective memory of Caltech by preserving the papers, documents, artifacts and pictorial materials that tell the school's history, from 1891 to the present. Researchers will also find here a wealth of sources for the history of science and technology worldwide, stretching from the time of Copernicus to today.
  • Getty Research Institute - photographic collection of post-1850 period; rare books and early printed books.
  • Huntington Library - library and research center with rare book and manuscript holdings in British and American history, Los Angeles history, literature, art history, and the history of science, technology and medicine. With the acquisition of the Burndy Library and the Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology adding to extensive rare book holdings, the Huntington became a premier center for research in the history of science and medicine. The Dibner Fellowship Program at the Huntington offers long- and short-term fellowships designed to further study in the extensive history of science, technology, and medicine resources at the Huntington Library.
  • For a UC - wide STS network of people and resources click here.

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