Research

Research and Graduate Studies

McGill's research community in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) includes faculty and students from several departments, including History and Classical Studies, Philosophy, Art History & Communication Studies (AHCS), Social Studies of Medicine (SSoM), and the Institute of Islamic Studies. Although there is currently no graduate degree specifically in HPS or Science and Technology Studies (STS), students with interests in HPS or STS can pursue Masters or PhD degrees through the existing MA or PhD programs of these departments. (See the department pages for more information.) Various courses at the graduate level are offered by each of these departments, and there is one HPS seminar course, HPSC 500 (not offered every year), which can be approved for some graduate programs.

Applicants for graduate programs are encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss their interests. A number of faculty members at the other Montreal universities have research interests in HPS or STS, many of whom could provide additional contact for graduate students at McGill.

Alongside the activities of the above-listed departments and programs, the seminar series in History and Philosophy of Science, along with the Gales and Mossman Lectures in the History of Science and Ideas, help to make McGill a dynamic environment for graduate work. Recent Mossman Lectures have featured Donna Haraway, Simon Schaffer, Isabelle Stengers, Lorraine Daston, and Peter Galison.

McGill HPS was also a part of a SSHRC-funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Situating Science (2007-2015), a research group for the development of history and philosophy of science, and science and technology studies, across Canada. See Situating Science for more information.


Faculty at McGill with research interests in HPS and related areas include:

(this list is by no means exhaustive)

Faculty Member Department
Darin Barney Art History and Communication Studies
Mario Bunge Philosophy, emeritus
Emily Carson Philosophy
Alberto Cambrosio Social Studies of Medicine, Sociology
Gabriella Coleman Art History and Communication Studies
Marguerite Deslauriers

Philosophy

David Davies Philosophy
Nicholas Dew History and Classical Studies
Jennifer Fishman Biomedical Ethics Unit, Social Studies of Medicine
Brendan Gillon Linguistics
Michael Hallett Philosophy
Elsbeth Heaman History and Classical Studies
Matthew Hunter Art History and Communication Studies
Nicholas King Biomedical Ethics Unit, Social Studies of Medicine
Alison Laywine  Philosophy
Storrs McCall Philosophy
Stephen Menn Philosophy
Greg Mikkelson  Philosophy
F. Jamil Ragep Islamic Studies
Elizabeth Patitsas Integrated Studies in Education, Computer Science
Tobias Rees Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology
Thomas Schlich Social Studies of Medicine, History and Classical Studies
Dirk Schlimm Philosophy
Jonathan Sterne Art History and Communication Studies
Lisa Stevenson Anthropology
Eran Tal Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Measurement
Andrea Tone Social Studies of Medicine, History and Classical Studies
Faith Wallis Social Studies of Medicine, History and Classical Studies
George Weisz Social Studies of Medicine, History and Classical Studies
Robert Wisnovsky Islamic Studies
Robin Yates History and Classical Studies, East Asian Studies