Chair of the School of History and Sociology offers a critical history of technology.

In his most recent book, Technology: Critical History of a Concept, Chair and Professor of History Eric Schatzberg "presents a long, complicated, and important story: the emergence of a key concept—arguably the defining concept—of our age."

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McEver program turns a page with appointment of Steven Usselman.

Assistant professor of sociology examines the role of civil society in environmental movements.

Through extensive fieldwork in Siberia, Kate Pride Brown develops a new theory of civil society in the context of authoritarianism and globalization in Saving the Sacred Sea.

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Kranzberg professor reflects on the U.S. - China fight for high tech supremacy.

In a recent op-ed piece in Fortune, John Krige and co-author Mario Daniels discuss how the confrontational approach the Trump administration is now using against China is not a new strategy.

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HSTS graduate students excel in their research.

Alice Clifton, Renee Shelby, and Mario Bianchini—graduate students in the PhD program in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science—have been awarded fellowships, had their research published, and received accolades on the national and international levels.

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Chair's Statement in Response to Police Killings of Black Men and Women


Explore the Past, Engage the Present, Define the Future – The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) brings the perspective of the social sciences to bear on critical issues facing the modern world, while providing a source of analysis that emphasizes both change over time and cultural comparisons on a global scale.

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The program's focus on global issues related to the origin and impact of technology and science is also distinctive, providing students with the critical tools needed to understand the development of the modern world.

The masters degree in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science can be a jumping-off point for further professional training in law, business, or public policy and is an asset to those seeking careers in museums, historical agencies, and public service organizations.

This interdisciplinary degree program trains students in advanced scholarly research on the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of science and technology, past and present.  Students choose to concentrate in one of two disciplines.

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School of History and Sociology Updates

Fall 2020 Graduate Forum

The School of History and Sociology presents the Fall 2020 Graduate Forum.  

This semester's forum includes several speakers who will be giving video presentations.  

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About the School of History and Sociology

The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators.

HSOC is comprised of historians and sociologists dedicated to the study of social change, past and present.

  • Wednesday November 4 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Graduate Forum: Nancy Thorndike Greenspan

    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Location: Virtual

    The HSTS Graduate Forum will host Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, who will be speaking on "Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs.”

  • Wednesday November 18 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Faculty-Grad Student Mixer

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Virtual, Link TBA

    HSOC will host a meet-and-greet/mixer for faculty and graduate students on Wednesday, November 18th.

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