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

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').

We invite you to learn more about Notre Dame's innovative 5+1 postdoctoral fellowship program, which incentivizes Ph.D. students to finish their dissertations earlier while also offering space to explore careers outside the academy.

Recent News

Congratulations to Xiaoxing Jin!

Congratulations to seventh-year HPS student Xiaoxing Jin, whose article "Translation and Transmutation: the Origin in China" has just been accepted into the very highly regarded British Journal for the History of Science!

Congratulations to Sarah Naramore!

Sarah Naramore, PhD successfully defended her dissertation, "I Sing the Body Republic: How Benjamin Rush Created American Medicine. " Sarah has also accepted a 3-year position as a visiting Assistant Professor at Sewantee (The University of the South). Additionally, she received the Sloan Prize for an outstanding HPS graduate student. Congratulations Sarah!

HPS Graduate Richard Oosterhoff Accepts Position at the University of Edinburgh

Congratulations to recent HPS graduate Richard Oosterhoff for accepting a permanent position in Early-Modern History at the University of Edinburgh. Richard has been a post-doctoral scholar in CRASSH at the University of Cambridge since 2014. 

Congratulations to John Slattery!

HPS alum John Slattery (the first graduate student on the HPS Theology track) accepted a job at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C. He will be a Senior Program Associate working within the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER). His main project for the foreseeable future will be the Science for Seminaries Program, which you can find out more about here.

HPS Alum Pablo Ruiz de Olano Awarded Post-doctoral Fellow Position 

Congratulations to HPS alum Pablo Ruiz de Olano on accepting a position as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Pablo will be working with Alexander Blum and the Max Planck Research Group for Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory which will open in February 2018.  He will also have the opportunity to continue his work on the role that different kinds of values play in science, including disciplines such as high-energy physics, and also on the history of post-war particle physics.
Click here for more on the Historical Epistemology Research Group.

HPS Student Updates: 

Joseph Baxley was awarded the Gabriel Fellowship by the Medieval Institute. This is a new award given to one Medieval Institute student and one non-Medieval Institute student to provide an extra year of fully-funded training in languages or other skills before beginning dissertation work. He will be spending the next year deepening his knowledge of medieval philosophy by auditing courses in the Medieval Institute and Philosophy Department, as well as building up his research languages. Congratulations Joseph! 

Char Brecevic received a Kaneb Center TA Teaching Award for her teaching in the Philosophy department. Congratulations Char!

Jamee Elder received a Kaneb Teaching award for her work as an outstanding graduate student instructor. Congratulations Jamee!

Sarah Naramore is currently an Albert M. Greenfield Dissertation Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia finishing research and writing up her dissertation "I Sing the Body Republic: How Benjamin Rush Created American Medicine." She also presented a paper at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society, "Constant Change: Culture, Health, and Race in the Revolutionary United States" which was part of a panel she co-organized titled "(Un)Enlighted Colonial Bodies: Medical Geography and Geographies of Medicine in the Long Eighteenth Century." Most recently, she gave a brownbag talk at the American Philosophical Society, "2,900 and Counting: Making Sense out of Benjamin Rush's Correspondence." 

In November, Xiaoxing Jin presented a paper at the HSS meeting in Toronto titled "Translation and Transmutation: the Origin of Species in China."   

This summer, Joseph Baxley attended an intensive Arabic class in IU Bloomington's Summer Language Workshop on a FLAS fellowship.  

Ashton Green presented a paper at the Profession We Want conference in Manchester this summer, shortly followed by a second paper at the ISNS conference in Olomouc Czechia. She also attended summer school on "Spacetime after Quantum Gravity" in Urbino, Italy. In September, she presented again at the Leeds HPS “Get Real!” conference before attending another Spacetime workshop in Bonn, Germany called “Spacetime, Fundamental or Emergent?”

John Hanson presented a talk entitled "Du Chatelet on Divisibility" at Lehigh University, at a conference on Early Modern Women Philosophers in October.

Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez was a commentator for 3rd annual conference for the Society for the Metaphysics of Science, held at Fordham University at New York where he commented on the paper “All the way down into the non-spatial” by Baptiste Le Bihan, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Geneva.

Upcoming Conference

E Milie Du Cha Telet

In 2009, Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser published a partial translation of Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics. Since 2014, faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame have worked to complete the translation, the completion of which they will celebrate at a conference April 26-28. 

The conference will feature talks, presentations, and discussions of the text, its philosophical and historical context and significance, and ways of incorporating Du Châtelet’s philosophy into undergraduate teaching.

Click here for more information and here to register. 

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