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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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Welcome to HSTM!

We are a vibrant and active community of scholars. Interdisciplinary by nature, we bring a vital humanistic and historical perspective to bear in understanding the role of science, technology, and medicine in our complex world.

Our faculty are known internationally through their prolific publications, the extensive editorial work for the discipline’s flagship journals, and their participation in global collaborative projects and committees. Our research spans the entire range of the discipline, from Medieval European astronomy to South Asian agriculture, from disability history to the modern social sciences, from the study of science and religion to colonial and post-colonial topics.

We are pioneers in innovative teaching methods and provide our students with practical training alongside deep intellectual engagement. Our undergraduate classes encourage students to explore and develop diverse writing and communication skills from the standard long-form capstone paper to blogs, website engagement, and the production of physical and online exhibits. Our students leave our majors well prepared for diverse careers. Many of our students use our majors as launching pads for further study in medicine and allied disciplines. Our graduate programs provide students with rigorous study in the historical understanding of science, technology, and medicine. Our graduates have a successful record of obtaining jobs in the academy, in libraries, and in museums.

The University of Oklahoma is also host to the History of Science Collections and the Isis Bibliography in the History of Science, two important resources for the discipline worldwide.


  • Taylor-Wei Dissertation Fellowship Opportunity for 2023 / This award, named in honor of the scientific achievements of Dr. Ronald C. Taylor and Dr. Ming-Ying Wei, consists of a $25,000 stipend for one year of research and writing on any topic related to the history of meteorology, climate science, and/or technologies related to those fields, broadly construed. We are interested in supporting social and cultural approaches to weather and climate as well as more technically-focused work.

  • Younes Mahdavi Awarded Dissertation Prize / At a ceremony on 28 April 2022, Randall Hewes, Dean of the Graduate College, presented Younes Mahdavi with the 2021 Provost's Ph.D. Dissertation Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts.

  • Three Mellon Fellows Visiting in March and April / The Collections are expecting three visiting researchers in March and April: Dr. Renee Clary, Tom Sharpe, and Dr. Francesco Luzzini. All three will be using materials in the new Rudwick and Torrens archives, as well as from our print holdings in the history of geology.

  • New Open Access Publication: Al-Hawārī’s “Essential Commentary” / An open access critical edition of a 14th-century classic Arabic mathematical text has been published in the Edition Open Sources series under the co-sponsorship of the Department of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the University of Oklahoma Libraries, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. The book, Al-Hawārī’s “Essential Commentary”: Arabic Arithmetic in the Fourteenth Century, was translated, edited, and produced by Mahdi Abdeljaouad (Université de Tunis) and Jeffrey Oaks (University of Indianapolis).