Welcome to the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program at Notre Dame

“philosophically engaged history of science”
“historically rich philosophy of science”

Our doctoral program offers graduate-level instruction leading to a discipline-based HPS Ph.D. Students in our distinctive, inter-departmental program are also fully trained in philosophy, history, or theology.

We also offer a concurrent master’s degree and a graduate minor to students enrolled in other Notre Dame Ph.D. programs.

Our faculty members are drawn from a variety of departments including history, philosophy, theology, english, and the program of liberal studies. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds in the humanities and sciences, and take their HPS expertise on into positions in academia and elsewhere (see our alumni page, under 'HPS People').

The deadline for application for Fall 2015 admissions is January 4, 2015.

Recent News

HPS celebrates 25th anniversary of doctoral program

See conference photo album

HPS 25th anniversary pic

On September 26-27, 2014, we marked the 25th anniversary of our doctoral program with a celebration conference (click here for conference program). We reflected on the origins of the program going back to the establishment of the HPS master’s in 1969; we heard from many of our alumnae and alumni about their research, their memories of the program, and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Notre Dame; and we reflected on what it means to be doing HPS today. We took the opportunity to thank many of those without whose support our program would be unable to flourish, including our administrative assistants, the Chairs and DGSs of the departments from which we draw our faculty, the College of Arts and Letters, and the past directors of the program. Most importantly, we remembered Jack Reilly.

The occasion of the 25th anniversary was also used to launch a new HPS Director Fund for Scholarship and Professional Development, in recognition of past directors of the program, and with the goal of providing support to current graduate students (click here for more details). We welcome your donations!

HPS launches new graduate minor

From this fall, we now offer a graduate minor in HPS, open to all graduate students across the university. Our graduate minor provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical, philosophical, social, ethical, political and conceptual dimensions and contexts of science and technology in societies past and present. We welcome students from all disciplines, including those in the sciences and engineering who wish to explore their own specialist discipline from different perspectives. Please contact the HPS director, Katherine Brading (kbrading@nd.edu) if you would like to learn more.
Click here for more information about our HPS degree programs. 

Tom Stapleford Wins NSF Grant

Thomas Stapleford

Professor Tom Stapleford has been awarded a grant of over $100K from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "Economic Statistics and the Challenge of Democratic Control." Stapleford aims to transform the way Americans construct and understand economic statistics and will use the funding to design a new undergraduate course on the conceptual foundations of economic statistics. This course will become the basis for a text book targeted toward undergraduates, policymakers, and journalists. He also plans to construct a website on price indexes that will explain basic conceptual issues, digest recent methodological research, and provide an ongoing, non-partisan commentary about policy issues connected with these statistics. See more about his grant here

Stellar year for ND HPS Placements

Richard Oosterhoff

2014 was a great placement year for our HPS program, with all of our job candidates accepting excellent positions: Manuela Fernandez Pinto has taken up her post-doc at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/index.htm), Elise Crull and Charles Pence accepted tenure-track positions in philosophy at CCNY and LSU respectively, Richard Oosterhoff (pictured) has accepted a multi-year post-doc at the University of Cambridge, and our first ND HPS post-doc Catherine Jackson accepted a tenure-track position in history of science UW-Madison.


For more news from the HPS program, click on one of the following:
HPS Faculty News
HPS Graduate Student News
HPS Alumni/ae News

You can follow the latest HPS as well as Reilly Center news on Facebook at facebook.com/NDReillyCenter


Upcoming Events

Tue Feb 3, 2015

Tue Feb 10, 2015

Message From the Program Director

Katherine Brading cropped

Thank you to everyone who participated in our celebration conference marking 25 years of our doctoral program! Welcoming back so many of our alumnae and alumni was wonderful, and we look forward to seeing many more of you back here in the coming months and years: please get in touch if you would like to visit! To prospective graduate students and visitors: please enjoy exploring our website to familiarize yourself with our activities and the opportunities we offer, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Katherine Brading
- Director, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program
- Associate Professor of Philosophy

Email: kbrading@nd.edu
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