Taung Child archival materials, Raymond Dart Collection. Courtesy of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Taung Child archival materials, Raymond Dart Collection. Courtesy of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Curriculum vitae

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Education

PhD Biology (History & Philosophy of Science), Arizona State University

MS Biology (History & Philosophy of Science), Arizona State University

MA Anthropology, UT Austin

BA History, Arizona State University

BA Anthropology, Arizona State University

Research Interests

History of archaeology, anthropology, and paleoanthropology; history of science; literary non-fiction; history of ideas; Pleistocene studies.

Books

Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils  Viking, 2016

Bookshelf Bloomsbury, 2016.

The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene (co-authored with Stephen J. Pyne) Viking, 2012; paperback 2013.

Conference Presentations & Lectures

"Life Histories and Dynamic Objects: The Klasies River Mouth Collection" in Archiving Anthropos Roudtable, 2014 AAA conference.

"Biographies of Scientific Objects: the Taung Child" History and Philosophy of Science colloquia, January 2014. University of Texas at Austin.

“The Taung Child: A Fossil’s Life” Turning Points in Biography Conference. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2013

“Missing Links: Geography Recapitulates Phylogeny” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference. Lexington, KY, 2012

Teaching Experience (Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University)

History of Modern Science; History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment; Museums, Nature, & Narratives (study abroad South Africa) ; Life & Death in the Museum; Celebrity Science: Geniuses to Heretics; History of Medicine; Honors Writing Workshop; Bones of Contention; Philosophy Through Science Fiction.

Professional Memberships

  • The Authors Guild
  • PEN America