Dr G.J. Somsen
Geert Somsen is a historian of science. He is a member of the History Department and the Science and Technology Studies research program.
Somsen's work moves between history of science, political history, and science and technology studies. His most recent publications are "Science, Fascism, and Foreign Policy: The Exhibition 'Scienza Universale' at the 1942 Rome World’s Fair", Isis 108 (2017), 769-791, and Pursuing the Unity of Science: Ideology and Scientific Practice from the Great War to the Cold War (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016, edited with Harmke Kamminga). Somsen is currently editor of Studium (the Dutch review in history of science), and will be editor-in-chief (with Sven Dupré and Ilja Nieuwland) of the new international review Journal for the History of Knowledge.
Somsen teaches in various programs at FASoS and elsewhere. He is currently Director of Studies of the MA ESST in science and technology studies. Earlier, he coordinated the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and was PhD Training Coordinator at the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).
For a complete and up-to-date CV, see columbia.academia.edu/GeertSomsen
Professional career history
Geert Somsen was taught at Utrecht (PhD History of Science), Amsterdam (VU, MSc chemistry), and UC San Diego (visiting student, Science Studies Program).
He has held several international appointments, most recently at Columbia University (2014-16) and the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin (Fall 2016), as a Marie Curie fellow. In 2012 he spent a semester as guest researcher at the Instutute for the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, Sweden. Before that he had a few short stints at Harvard University as well as a year at the Science History Institute (then called Chemical Heritage Foundation) in Philadelphia.