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CEOSE - Member Biography

Evelynn Hammonds

Dr. Evelynn Hammonds
Dean of Harvard College and
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor
of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies
Harvard University
University Hall 119, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
Term: 02/01/2009-01/31/2012; 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2015

Professor Hammonds' research areas include the histories of science, medicine and public health in the United States; race and gender in science studies; and feminist theory in the United States. Her current work focuses on the intersection of scientific, medical and socio-political concepts of race in the United States.

Professor Hammonds is the author of "Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The
Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930" (1999). She co-edited with Barbara Laslett, Sally G. Kohlstedt, and Helen Longino, Gender and Scientific Authority (1996), and was co-editor with Rebecca Herzig of The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics (2008). She has published articles on the history of disease, race and science, African American feminism, African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and analyses of gender and race in science and medicine.

She served as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2003- 2005), a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a Visiting Professor at UCLA and at Hampshire College. Professor Hammonds was named a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) in 2008. She serves on the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science in Boston, the National Humanities Center, and Spelman College.

Professor Hammonds earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, an S.M. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in physics from Spelman College. She taught for ten years at MIT where she was the founding director of the MIT Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine. Professor Hammonds was the first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard (2005-2008). In 2008, she was appointed Dean of Harvard College. She holds honorary degrees from Spelman College and Bates College.

Professor Hammonds is a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. In 2010, she was named to President Barack Obama's National Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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