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Ph.D. Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, The University of Chicago
M.A. Social Anthropology, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
B.A. Social Anthropology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
And as electives: “Classics in the History and Philosophy of Science,” “The Dark Side of Evolution: from Social Darwinism to Sociobiology,” “Objectivity,” and “Hysteria and the Modern Psyche.”
I have also taught, at Ohio State, Iowa State, Michigan State and the University of Chicago a variety of introductory and advanced courses in the history and philosophy of science, including: “Philosophy, Science, and Freedom,” “Freud’s Classical Theory,” “Modern Cosmology,” “Introduction to Science Studies,” “The Emergence of the Unconscious,” and “Science and Society.”
“Male Hysteria: Work and Disability in Late 19th Century France,” Masculinity and Disability, Edited by Kathleen Brian and James Trent. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“O organismo como modelo para a sociedade: a emergência e a queda da sociologia organicista na França do fin-de-siècle.” In: Martins, R. A.; Martins, L. A. C. P.; Silva, C. C.; Ferreira, J. M. H. (eds.) Filosofia e história da ciência no Cone Sul: 3o Encontro. Campinas: AFHIC, 2004. Pp. 132-137.
“In Search of an Object: Organicist Sociology and the Reality of Society in Fin-de-Siècle France.” History of the Human Sciences, 16 (2003): 51-72.
“Moral Education for the Elite of Democracy: The classe de philosophie Between Sociology and Philosophy.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 38 (2002): 355-369.
“Charcot’s femme machine: Mechanistic Psychology and the Female Hypnotized Subject.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 28 (2002): 27-34.
“Changing Practices of Commemoration in Neurology: Comparing Charcot’s 1925 and 1993 Centennials.” Osiris, 14 (1999): 102-117. Commemorative Practices in Science: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Collective Memory. Edited by Pnina G. Abir-Am and Clark A. Elliot.
REVIEWS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
“Review of Alice L. Conklin, Race, Anthropology, and Empire in France, 1850-1950.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 52 (3), 2016.
“Charcot, Jean-Martin (1825-1893).” Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell, January 2015.
“Durkheim, Émile.” Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. R. J. McGee and R.L. Warms, Editors. SAGE Publications, 2013.
“Review of Ian Hesketh, The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak.” Isis, 103 (1), 2012.
“Review of Jan Goldstein, Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy: The Case of Nanette Leroux.” Isis, 102 (1), 2011.
“Review of Wiktor Stoczkowski, Anthropologies Rédemptrices: Le monde selon Lévi-Strauss.” Isis, 101 (1), 2010.
“Review of Helen E. Longino, The Fate of Knowledge.” Isis, 95 (3), 2004.
“Spencer, Herbert. (1820-1903).” Encyclopedia of Psychology. Alan E. Kazdin, Editor in Chief. A co-publication of theAmerican Psychological Association and Oxford University Press, 2000.
“Review of Wiktor Stoczkowski, Anthropologie naïve, anthropologie savante: De l’origine de l’homme, de l’imagination et des idées reçues.” Isis, 86 (2), 1995.
SELECTED CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PAPERS
“The Année sociologique as training ground for sociology: Durkheim, Mauss, and the training of social scientists in fin de siècle France.” Training of Researchers in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries: Europe, the US, and Asia, Conference sponsored by the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, December 8 and 9, 2015.
“Hysteria in the Male: Images of Masculinity in Late 19th Century France.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2-5, 2014.
“History and Contingency in the Work of Émile Boutroux.” HOPOS, the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 21-24, 2012.
“Science, Society, and the Individual: Modern Social Problems, Citizenship, and Democracy in Third Republic France.” Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, June 25-28, 2009.
“French philosophy, Émile Boutroux, and the History of the Mind.” Origins: The Historical Sciences in the Age of Darwin, Workshop sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in celebration of the Darwin Year 2009, The University of Chicago, June 5-6, 2009.
“The Construction of the Social or, What is the ‘Social’ in ‘Social Construction’?” Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, April 13-15, 2007.
“Transforming the Masses into Citizens: A Clash between Sociology and Philosophy.” History of Technology and Science (HOTS) Colloquium Series, Iowa State University, March 22, 2007.
“La crise française de la métaphysique allemande: philosophy of science in the Revue de métaphysique et de morale.” Sixth Congress of HOPOS, the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Paris, France, June 14-18, 2006.
“Visiting the ‘Prussian Schoolmaster’: French Philosophers on Study Missions to Germany.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 3-6, 2005.
Workshop and Panel Discussion on “Durkheim and the Disciplines.” The 2003-2006 Mellon Project at the University of Chicago: “New Perspectives on the Disciplines: Comparative Studies in Higher Education.” Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago, December 3, 2004.
“From ‘evolutionist’ to ‘spiritualist’: Durkheim’s early career trajectory.” Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, XXXVI Annual Meeting, Akron, Ohio, June 17-20, 2004.
“Magnetic Phenomena, Therapeutic Practice, and Public Experiments in Nineteenth Century Europe” Slought Foundation, “Animal Magnetism and After: A Symposium,” Philadelphia, April 3, 2004.
“A Novel Object for Science: ‘Society’ as Defined by the Organic Metaphor.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 20-23, 2003.
“Sociology and Moral Education in Third Republic France: Making Children into ‘New Men’ of the Future.” Western Society for French History, Newport Beach, California, October 30-November 1, 2003.
“In Search of an Object: Organicist Sociology and the Reality of Society in Fin-de-Siècle France.” Institute’s Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, October 2, 2002.
“The Organic Metaphor in Sociology.” 21st Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, August 27-31, 2002.
“The Durkheimian Critique of Organicism, Anthroposociology, and Social Darwinism.” Centre Marc Bloch, Group for the History of the Human Sciences in Germany and France, Berlin. June 24, 2002.
“Biological Sociology on Trial: Bouglé and the Spiritual Nature of Society.” History of the Human Sciences Workshop, The University of Chicago, January 9, 2002.
“Moral Education for the Elite of Democracy: The classe de philosophie Between Sociology and Philosophy.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 3-6, 2002.
Awards and Honors
Dutton Fellow in Science and Technology Studies. Michigan State University. 2010-2011.
Franke Institute for the Humanities. The University of Chicago, Whiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2003-2004.
Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, The University of Chicago, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003.
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Berlin, 2000-2002.
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences / European Society for the History of the Human Sciences, Early Career Award, 2002.
Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, The University of Chicago, Doctoral Fellowship, 1997-2000.
American Association of University Women, International Fellowship, 1996-1997.
CAPES (Brazilian National Organization for Graduate Studies) Doctoral Fellowship, 1993-1996.
Century Fellowship,The University of Chicago, Doctoral Fellowship, 1992-1996.