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About Jennifer Tucker

Jennifer Tucker specializes in the study of social and cultural practices of science, Victorian visual culture, photographic history, and history of women and gender. Before coming to Wesleyan she taught at the California Institute of Technology (1997-1998) as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Victorian Studies. Her book, Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science (Johns Hopkins University, 2005) explores social and cultural relations of photography, science, and ideas of truth and evidence in Victorian London. Representative articles include "Gender and Genre in Scientific Photography" in Ann Shteir and Bernard Lightman, eds, Figuring It Out: Visual Languages of Gender in Science (University of New England Press, 2006): 140-163; "The Historian, the Picture and the Archive," Isis 97 (March 2006): 111-120; "Photography as Witness, Detective, and Impostor: Visual Representation in Victorian Science" in Bernard Lightman, ed. Science in Victorian Context (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997): 378-408; and "Voyages of Discovery on Oceans of Air: The Image of Science in an Age of 'Balloonacy,'" Osiris (1996): 144-176. Other research concerns include artistic exchanges in scientific colonialism; interactions between science and popular culture; science and gender studies; and photography in historical documentation and interpretation. Her research and teaching have been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies Grant, Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation Grant, Johns Hopkins University Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a British Marshall Scholarship. In Fall 2005 she was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is currently at work on a book about life and art in the Victorian photographic studio and is writing a series of essays about photography and historical interpretation.


Present Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University
Present Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor of Science and Technology Studies (August 2009-May 2010), Harvey Mudd College
Present Associate Professor of FGSS, Wesleyan University

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