Humanities and Arts

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Salisbury Laboratories, 408D
Phone: +1-508-831-5712
Fax: +1-508-831-5932
cclark@wpi.edu

Constance Clark

In addition to teaching the history of science and technology, I have at various times in the past raised baby birds at the Bronx Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium, curated and inventoried mammal skeletons in attics at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, designed biology teaching labs at the University of Colorado, and collected dinosaurs and other fossils while camping in the Wyoming badlands with paleontology field crews. These experiences have shaped my research interests in the history of life sciences and evolutionary thought, the history of natural history museums and science popularization, the history of visual images in science and technology, and media representations of science and technology. I am especially interested in the context of people doing science, and communication (and miscommunication) about science.

Research Interests

  • History of Life Sciences and Evolutionary Thought
  • History of Visual Images and Visual Rhetoric in Science and Technology
  • Museum History and Science Popularization
  • Media History
  • Environmental History

Education

  • BS, Stony Brook University
  • MA, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder

Featured Publications

  • God—or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
  • “’You Are Here’: Missing Links, Chains of Being, and the Language of Cartoons,” Isis (September 2009): 571-189
  • “Evolution for John Doe: Pictures, the Public, and the Scopes Trial Debate,” Journal of American History 87 (March 2001):1275-1303
  • “Ignoring the Elephants: Visual Images and Jazz Age Critics,” Museums and Social Issues 1 (Spring 2006): 103-110

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