curriculum vitae

 

email: cecelia.watson@yale.edu



EDUCATION

Ph.D. (Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science), University of Chicago, December 2011.

Dissertation: “William James and John La Farge: The search for truth in 19th century art, science and philosophy.

Committee: Robert J. Richards (chair), Lorraine Daston, and David E. Leary

M.A. (Philosophy), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, December 2005.

B.A. (Liberal Arts), St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, May 2001.


EMPLOYMENT

Faculty, Language and Thinking Program, Bard College (2017)

Faculty, Language and Thinking Program, Bard College Berlin (2016)

ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Yale University (July 2013-July 2015)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (February 2012-January 2013)

Scientific Advisor, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (February 2012-January 2013)

Postdoctoral Fellow, European College of Liberal Arts (September 2011-February 2012)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (September 2011-January 2012)


PUBLICATIONS

Refereed

"Points of Contention: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Punctuation," Critical Inquiry, Vol.38 No. 3 (Spring 2012).

"The Sartorial Self: William James's Philosophy of Dress," History of Psychology, Vol.7 No. 3 (August 2004).

Invited

“The Sphere,” Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray (Cambridge: The MIT Press), October 2014.

In Preparation

Double Vision, monograph in preparation.

“When Books Could Kill,” article in preparation.


EXHIBITIONS

“The Anthropocene Project. An Opening.” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, January 2013 (Curatorial Team).


AWARDS, HONORS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

Whitney Humanities Center Fellow, 2014-2015.

ACLS New Faculty Fellowship, 2013-2015.

IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) Research Fellowship, March-June 2014 (declined).

Burnham Early Career Prize, History of Science Society’s Forum for the History of the Human Sciences, 2011.

Fishbein Fellowship, The Morris Fishbein Center for History of Medicine, The University of Chicago, 2010-2011.

Doolittle-Harrison Grant for Conference Travel, August 2010.

Predoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, July 2010.

Franke Institute for the Humanities Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2009-2010.

Predoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, Autumn 2007; Spring 2008; Autumn 2008-Winter 2009.

Fishbein Fellowship, The Morris Fishbein Center for History of Medicine, The University of Chicago, 2002-2009.

National Science Foundation Travel Grant, November 2006.

Doolittle-Harrison Grant for Dissertation Research, August 2006.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Panels Organized

“Men of Light and Men of Line: Pragmatism’s Debt to Visual Art.” Annual Meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2011.

Papers Presented

“Redefining Realism: William James’s Pragmatism and John La Farge’s Art Criticism.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Denver, Colorado, March 2014.

“Points of Contention: Rethinking the past, present and future of punctuation.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Tokyo, Japan, August 2010.

“The Artist Versus the Associationists: William James’s use of John La Farge’s theories of art in The Principles of Psychology.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Vancouver, BC, June 2008.

“Man’s Best Foil: Dogs in the Work of William James.” Cheiron/ESHHS Joint Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 2007.

“When Books Could Kill: The Psychopathology of the Overstudy Epidemic.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, May 2007.

“'And my picture, of course, has not altered' : John La Farge's Influence on William James's Philosophy.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, November 2006.

“The Points of Style: The invention, popularization and vilification of the semicolon.” What Style Knows, Tufts University, October 2005.

Discussant

Panel Speaker on “Mid-Course Adjustments: Planning for Flexibility and Responsiveness,” Workshop on Teaching in the College, University of Chicago, Fall 2009.

Commentary on "Goethe's Science and German Classicism." History of the Human Sciences workshop, The University of Chicago, Fall 2004.


DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

“Unnatural Sciences, Loose Women and Liquor Laws, Promiscuous Examples, and Offensive Truths: A pragmatist interpretation of the history and philosophy of punctuation.” History and Philosophy of Science Workshop, University of Chicago, April 2011.

“The Rapture of Bones and the Delights of Art: Animals, Artists and Associationists in The Principles of Psychology.” History and Philosophy of Science Workshop, University of Chicago, January 2010.

“When Books Could Kill: The Psychopathology of the Overstudy Epidemic.” Human Sciences Workshop, The University of Chicago, May 2007.

“The Sartorial Self: William James’s Philosophy of Dress.” History of the Human Sciences Conference, The University of Chicago, May 2003.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Yale University

Instructor & Course Designer: Readings in the History of Western Science, Fall 2014.

Instructor: Directed Studies: History and Politics, Yale University, Fall 2013; Fall 2014.

Instructor & Course Designer: Other Minds, Spring 2014.

Instructor: Directed Studies: Philosophy, Spring 2014.

Supervisor: Bachelor’s Thesis in Humanities (Student: Terrell Carter), Fall 2013.


European College of Liberal Arts (now Bard Berlin)

Visiting Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, Winter 2013.

Instructor & Course Designer: The Scientific Revolution, Winter 2012.

Instructor: Plato’s Republic and its Interlocutors, Fall 2011.


Bard College

Faculty: The Workshop in Language and Thinking, Bard College, 2007-2008; 2010-2011.


University of Chicago

Preceptor: Undergraduate program in History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS), University of Chicago, 2006-2008.

Instructor & Course Designer: HIPS Bachelor's Thesis Workshop, Autumn & Winter 2006-2008.

Instructor: Human Being and Citizen, Autumn 2006.

Lector: Advanced Academic and Professional Writing/Little Red Schoolhouse (University of Chicago Writing Program in conjunction with the McNair Fellowship program), Summer 2006; Summer 2005.

Supervisor: Bachelor’s Thesis in History and Philosophy of Science (Student: Karl Otto), Spring 2006.

Instructor and Course Designer (with Adam R. Shapiro): Science and Religion in American Legal History, Winter 2005.

Supervisor: Bachelor’s Thesis in History and Philosophy of Science (Student: Anna Zaigraeva), Autumn 2005.

Lector: Advanced Academic and Professional Writing, Spring 2004.


SERVICE

Representative One, Forum for the History of the Human Sciences, 2012-2014.

Graduate Student Representative to the Faculty, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago, 2006-2008; 2009-2011.

Organizing Committee, MEPHISTOS Conference, University of Chicago, 2006.

Chair, Seminar on Important Things, The University of Chicago, Spring 2004.


MEDIA COVERAGE

Interviewed by Richard Marshall for 3:AM Magazine, February 21, 2014.


MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Psychological Association, Division 26 (History of Psychology)

History of Science Society

American Historical Association

American Philosophical Association

The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Cheiron)

William James Society


LANGUAGES

German (high pass on the University reading exam, and conversational ability)

French (good reading knowledge)

Greek (basic reading knowledge)

Latin (basic reading knowledge)


REFERENCES

Robert J. Richards, Professor of History, Philosophy, and Psychology at the University of Chicago

Lorraine Daston, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; and Visiting Professor, Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago

Adrian Johns, Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago

Kenneth Winkler, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

Françoise Waquet, Director, Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Bernd Scherer, Diretor, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Michael Weinman, Professor, Bard Berlin


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