Dr G.J. Somsen
Geert Somsen is a historian of science in the History Department and the Science and Technology Studies research program. He is Director of Studies of the MA ESST and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the History of Knowledge.
Somsen's work moves between history of science, political history, and science and technology studies. He has published extensively on scientific internationalism, the belief that science can be a model for international relations. He recently received European funding (HERA) for the Joint Reseach Project "The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History" (with partners in Paris, London, and Uppsala). Between 2014 and 2017 he was Marie Curie fellow at Columbia University and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science.
Somsen teaches in various programs at FASoS and elsewhere. He was the first academic cooridinator of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and also PhD Training Coordinator at the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).
A complete CV is available below under Files.
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.