Faculty Profile

Dawn Digrius

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HISTORY
Building: Morton
Room: 330
Phone: 201.216.5373
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: Dawn.Digrius@stevens.edu
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Program:  History
Education

Ph.D. Drew University 2007, with Distinction. Dissertation: "Conversations and Contrasting Views: An examination of the Development of Paleobotany in Nineteenth Century Europe, 1804-1895"

M.Phil. Drew University 2005, History of Science and Modern European History

B.A. Drew University 1999, Summa cum laude, with Specialized Honors in Anthropology. Senior Honors Thesis: "Representing Indigenous Identity: An Archaeological Interpretation at the Site of T'isil, Quintana Roo, Mexico"

Research

Examination of the history of water management and sustainability in Latin America. Students participate in a hands-one research project in Coastal Lowland Ecuador investigating the social, political, and economic forces surrounding water management and the role of the engineer and the historian/social scientist in the support of sustainable water management practices.

Examination of the history of biology, plant sciences, paleobotany, botany, and evolutionary theory.

Institutional Service

Series Editor, History and Philosophy of Biology book series

Director, Gender and Cultural Studies Program, Stevens Institute of Technology

CAL Task Force, Stevens Institute of Technology

CAL Curriculum Task Force (CAL 103/105)

APO Faculty Advisor Faculty Advisor, History Majors, Stevens Institute of Technology

Faculty Advisor, Theta Phi Alpha Sorority

Faculty Advisor, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity

Faculty Advisor, Multidisciplinary Pilot Senior Design Team, "Design of a Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV/T) Solar Energy System for a Water Distribution System in Ecuador (2012-2013)

Faculty Sponsor, Senior Design Team, "Water Resources Management in Coastal Lowland Ecuador". (2011-2012) Team won 4th place in Stevens Project Pitch Competition and Research and Entrepreneurship Award (May 2012)

Professional Service

Graduate Students Supervised:

Ashley Stone, Master of Letters, Drew University. "Lessons from Pierre Bourdieu: Social Closure, Cultural Capital, and the Great Divide in American Higher Education." October 2008.

Anne Siemer, Doctor of Letters, Drew University. "Henry Laurens and Robert Carter: The Failure of Abolition in the Federal Era." May 2010.

Stacy Gallin, Doctor of Medical Humanities, Drew University. "The Evolution of Psychiatry: Morals, Mind and Medicine." 2012.

Katie Grogan, Doctor of Medical Humanities, Drew University. "Recovering Voices from the Margins: How Female Psysicians Experience Issues of Addiction and Impairment." 2012.

Elizabeth Stallings, Doctor of Medical Humanities Candidate, Drew University.

Christopher Lipnick, DLit Candidate, Drew University.

Professional Activities:

Series Editor, History and Philosophy of Biology, Pickering and Chatto Ltd. 

Member, Committee on Education, History of Science Society (2012-2016)
 
Member, Committee on Research in the Profession, History of Science Society 2010-2012
 
Chair and Ex-Officio, GECC (Graduate and Early Career Caucus, History of Science Society (2007-2010)
 
Co-Vice President, IHAN (International Health Awareness Network), NGO affiliated with the Economic and Social Council and the Department of Public Information, United Nations. 

"Water Resources Management in Coastal Ecuador: An Historical Assessment of Environmental Sustainability and Power, 1950-2000" Paper was presented as part of a panel, "Between the Park and Shantytown: Latin American Cities and the Environment during the Twentieth Century" American Society for Environmental History, 3-6 April, 2013.

"Under the Microscope: Mary Ward, Matilda Knowles, and Sydney Mary Thompson Christen. Three Irish Ladies of the Laborator" Paper to be presented as part of a session, "Experts, Collectors, and Credit" at the Joint Meeting of the HSS/PSA, 15-18 November, 2012, San Diego, CA.

"More than 'Waifs and Strays of a by-gone Flora: The History of Paleobotany and its Relevance for Twenty-First Century Science" Paper presented at the Introductory Symposium, Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science, 28 September, 2012.

"My Personal Journey to Stevens." Presentation at Pieces of Stevens Event, sponsored by the Samuel C. Williams Library, 27 September 2012.

"Without Water there is no Life: Educational Component." Session Organized and paper presented at the Rio+20 Conference, Sponsored by the United Nations, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13-23 June, 2012.

"Senora Santa's Challenge: Rural Women and Sustainability in Coastal Lowland Ecuador." Presentation at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-56), United Nations Headquarters, 5 March 2012.

"Where are the Plants? Simpson's Tempo and Mode, Evolutionary Studies, and Paleobotany" Paper presented as part of my session "Opportunites and Challenges: Plants and Evolution, 1920-1950" History of Science Society Annual Meeting, 4-7 November, 2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

"Digitial Media and the History of Science" Workshop held at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, 19-22 November 2009, Phoenix, Arizona.

"The Long and Winding Road: Paleobotany and the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis" Paper accepted to the British Society for the History of Science Conference, July 2009, Leicester, UK.

Book Reviews:

Expanding American Anthropology, 1945-1980: a generation reflects. ed. by Alice Beck Kehoe and Paul L. Doughty wtih Nancy K. Peske. Alabama, 2012. Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, August 2012.

The Archaeology of Colonialism: intimate encounters and sexual effects. ed. by Barbara L. Voss and Eleanor Conlin Casella. Cambridge, 2012. Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, June 2012.

Quereshi, Sadiah. Peoples on Parade: exhibitions, empire, and anthropology in nineteenth century Britain. Chicago 2011. Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, May 2012.

Mesoudi, Alex. Cultural Evolution: how Darwinian theory can explain human culture and synthesize the social sciences. Chicago 2011. Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, April 2012.

Liebsohn, Harry. The Return of the Gift: European history of a Global Idea. Cambridge 2010. Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Sept. 2011.

Constance Areson Clark. God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age. British Journal for the History of Science 42, no. 4, 608-609.

Ralph O'Connor. The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856. Annals of Science 65, no. 4 (October 2008), 592-594.

Honors & Awards

Community Involvement Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, SGA, (May 2011)
National Science Foundation Travel Grant (2009, 2006)
Adjunct Lecturer of the Year Award, Fairleigh Dickinson University, (2008)
Mary Pennywitt Lester Prize (2007)
David Kohn Award for Close Textual Analysis (2007)
National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (#0451534)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention (2000, 1999)
Drew University Summer Science Research Institute Grant, (1998)

Appointments

Assistant Professor of History, Stevens Institute of Technology 2009-Present

Lecturer, STS; Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History, Clemson University 2008-2009

Visiting Assistant Professor, History, Drew University 2007-2008 

Professional Societies

American Historical Association
History of Science Society
British Society for the History of Science
Phi Theta Kappa, Visionary Member
American Society for Environmental History

Grants, Contracts & Funds

National Science Foundation Travel Grant (2009)
National Science Foundation Travel Grant (2006)
National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant #0451534 (2004)
National Science Foundation , Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention (1999,2000)
Drew University Summer Science Research Institute Grant (1998) 

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Falcon-Lang, H.J., Digrius, D. (2013). "Palaeobotany under the microscope: its history from 1828-1854", Earth Sciences History, (in prep).
  2. Digrius, Dawn M. (2013). "Paleobotany: An Historical Review", Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Forthcoming. .
  3. Digrius, Dawn M. (Feb 2011). "Lander, James. Lincoln and Darwin: shared vision of race, science, and religion", Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, South Carolina. Book Review.
  4. Digrius, Dawn M. (Dec 2009). "Constance A. Clark, God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age", Book Review, British Journal for the History of Science, 42 (04), 608-609.
  5. Digrius, Dawn M. (Oct 2008). "Ralph O'Connor. The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856. ", Book Review, Annals of Science, 65 (4), 592-594.
Books
  1. Digrius, Dawn M. Sin el agua no hay vida: Water Management and Sustainabilty in Latin America, Univeristy of Alabama Press. (forthcoming).
  2. Digrius, Dawn M. Conversations and Contrasting Views: William Crawford Williamson, Evolution, and Paleobotany, (forthcoming).
Book Chapters
  1. Digrius, Dawn M. (Jan 2013). "Early Botany, 1880-1920", The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought, edited by Michael Ruse, Cambridge University Press.
  2. Digrius, Dawn M. (Jan 2012). "Food For Peace", Encyclopedia of U.S.- Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, CQ Press. pp.353-354.
  3. Digrius, Dawn M. (Jan 2012). "First International Conference of American States, Washington, 1889", Encyclopedia of U.S.- Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, CQ Press. pp. 346-347.
  4. Digrius, Dawn M. (Jan 2012). "The Inter-American Development Bank", Encyclopedia of U.S.- Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, CQ Press. pp.492-494.
  5. Digrius, Dawn M. (Dec 2008). "Gregor Mendel", Icons of Evolution: An Encyclopedia of People, Evidence and Controversies, edited by Brian Regal, Greenwood Icons, Greenwood Press. 87-113.
Courses
  • HHS 123 European Society and Cultural History to 1500
  • HHS 124 History of European Society and Culture Since 1500
  • HHS 130 History of Science and Technology
  • HHS 378 Modern European History
  • HHS 465 Engineering in History
  • HHS 476 History of Medicine
  • HSS 480 Introduction to Anthropology
  • HSS 481 Cultural Anthropology
  • HHS 301 Introduction to Historical Methods
  • HHS 363 Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution
  • HUM 498 Senior Thesis
  • HHS 451 From Ape to Adam: Understanding Human Evolution
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture