Karen Darling

Executive Editor

E-mail: darling@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Science studies (history, philosophy, and social studies of science, medicine, and technology)
Series: scienceculture, Synthesis


I am responsible for book acquisitions in science studies. This encompasses the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, medicine, and technology. My academic background is principally in philosophy, specifically the philosophy of science which I studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Fine and David Hull (PhD, 2002). As Executive Editor, I develop a portfolio of projects that showcase the diversity and depth of the fields for which I'm responsible. This includes new manuscripts, translations, and copublications about the natural and human sciences, medicine, and technology for a variety of audiences, including general readers, specialists, and students. The following selection of recent acquisitions highlight some of this diversity in form and content: The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography; Orchid: A Cultural History; Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking about Thinking from Pascal to Babbage; Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study; Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences; Debating Darwin; The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick; Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science; and Biotechnology and Society: An Introduction. I also encourage new contributions to two Press series: science.culture, a trade series edited by Adrian Johns, and Synthesis, a more recently initiated series in the history of chemistry, broadly construed.


I am ably assisted by Susannah Engstrom, Editorial Associate.


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