STS Lecture: “The Marginalization of Experience: Women of Color in STEM,” Evelynn Hammonds

January 18, 2018 Add to Calendar

4:15–5:30 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Drinkward Recital Hall B480
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


Vivien Hamilton


Evelynn Hammonds is a historian of science at Harvard University whose research examines concepts of race in science as well as the experiences of scientists of color. After the lecture, please join us for a reception hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Hammonds is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.

She joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2002 after teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology and Medicine. Her scholarly interests include the history of scientific, medical, and sociopolitical concepts of race, the history of disease and public health, gender in science and medicine, and African-American history. She is the author of “Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930” and many scholarly articles.

Hammonds received her B.S. in physics from Spelman College. She earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in physics from MIT, and a PhD in the history of science from Harvard. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. and also served as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer from 2003 to 2005. She is an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

She serves on a number of boards including the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from her alma mater, Spelman College where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. In February 2008, she was named a fellow of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS). She serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), the congressionally mandated advising committee to the National Science Foundation.

Hosted by Science and Technology Studies and HMC's Hixon-Riggs Program for Responsive Science and Engineering.