Scholarship

Current Projects

1) Dissertation: For now we see through a mirror clearly: Optics, Religion, and the Jesuits (Provisional)

My dissertation examines the relationship between optics and religion among the Jesuit Order during the early modern period. One of the most important contributions my dissertation makes is to draw attention to the way in which early modern optics shaped and was shaped by the Society of Jesus.

2) Anamorphic Perspectives: A comparison of the printed works of Jean François Niceron 

This presentation will explore the customization of the printed works of the French minim, Jean François Niceron. During his lifetime Niceron produced two printed books, La perspective curieuse (1638) and Thaumaturgus opticus (1646). Despite separate titles and two distinct languages, there are many features which indicate their close association, both in text and printed images.

3) History of Family Medicine in America

This project is a joint one with my wife, who is a Family Medicine Doctor. In it we explore the origin story of Family Medicine, dubbed the “twentieth specialty” and give due attention to the way in which its history provides commentary on the role of medicine in mid-twentieth century American culture.

4) The Sky Tonight – skytonight.org.

A “cultural archaeology of the stars”, The Sky Tonight is a work in progress, to piece together the many layers through which humanity has viewed the night sky. It is a project completed in collaboration with Kerry Magruder and Aja Tolman, utilizing the rich star atlases of the OU History of Science Collection. The project is currently undergoing significant development, but should hopefully launch Fall 2020.

5) T. F. Torrance Bibliography Project – tftorrance.org.

In collaboration with Kerry Magruder and Gary Deddo, the bibliography project is a collaborative digital humanities project focused on the publication and reception history of Thomas F. Torrance, James B. Torrance, and David W. Torrance.

6) Lynx Open Ed – lynx-open-ed.org.

Since the Summer of 2014 I have been working with the curator of the History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma, Kerry Magruder, to jumpstart an educator group associated with exhibits in the history of science at the University of Oklahoma. Our stated aim is “collaborating in exhibit-based learning” and as a result we work with K-12 teachers, university faculty, and the interested public. Initially organized as a simple WordPress website, in the summer of 2016 we launched a Drupal-based website (the current one) to better facilitate the hosting of OER’s (open educational resources) as well as the interaction among members.