I am currently a PhD student in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, at the University of Oklahoma. While I have been pursuing this course since the Fall 2013, such a trajectory was not always part of my plan.
I grew up in north-central Oklahoma, in the town of Ponca City. My dad was a chemical engineer for most of his career, and my mom a middle school math teacher. I attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, graduating there with a degree in religion, specializing in Greek and Hebrew. Following this I pursued a master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College. Although I developed a fond interest in Greek and Hebrew and theology, after completing my degree at Wheaton College I decided to move back to Oklahoma City to teach middle school and high school at Veritas Classical Academy (now the Academy of Classical Christian Studies).
While teaching at Veritas I became interested in the History of Science. For the first few years I taught both history and science to the same students and began to see how one discipline could reinforce the other. Never before had I realized that there was a discipline known as “history of science.” As I began to learn more about this newly discovered field, I learned that OU had an exceptional history of science program, one which specialized in the early modern period, and which would allow me to continue to utilize some of the language skills I had developed. After teaching for four years at Veritas, I decided to begin my graduate career at OU and was fortunate enough to land a research assistantship with the curator of the History of Science Collections, Kerry Magruder.
I completed my master’s degree in Spring 2015, defending the thesis: “Making Sense of Mathematics: The Certitudine Mathematicarum Debate and its Relationship to Plato and Aristotle.” You may read it here. In the Spring of 2017 I completed my General Exams in the following fields: History of Optics, History of the Book, History of the Reformation, and History of Islamic Science. I am currently working on a dissertation that focusing upon the way in which optical illusions were utilized during the Renaissance.