Classes will begin on time and administrative offices will open on time on Thursday, March 5. We will continue to monitor the weather and its potential impact on the safety of our faculty, staff and students and will update the community as needed. Please use your best judgment, based on your own circumstances, in deciding whether you can travel safely to campus.
I am a historian of technology and science who specializes in the chemistry and physics of the early modern West. My research combines art, material culture and materials science into more typical historical concerns of social, economic and intellectual life. My most recent book, The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe(Gutenberg-<e>, Columbia University Press, 2006) examines the relationship between developing scientific theories and changing artisan practices for pigment making, textile-. ceramic- and glass-coloring endeavors. At present I am writing a book about the technologies of printing in colors before 1800, researching a biography of the eighteenth-century French color-printer and scientific crank, Jacques-Fabien Gautier-d’Agoty, and trying to complete a seemingly endless set of essays about the social and scientific transformations of ferric ferrocyanide (Prussian blue) from its invention to the present day. I was granted a Ph.D. from SUNY-Stony Brook in 1999 and have held fellowships from or at the Huntington Library, the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Berlin), the Smithsonian, and the National Science Foundation. I am an associate member of The Pigmentum Project (London/Oxford) and serve as an advisory editor for the journal Technology and Culture.
Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.