EDUCATION

2011.  Ph.D. History of Science (Science Studies), University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.

  • Dissertation: The New Prophet: Harold C. Urey, Scientist, Atheist, and Defender of Religion.
  • Committee: Naomi Oreskes (Chair), Robert Westman, Charles Thorpe, Martha Lampland, Robert Edelman.

2004.  M.S. Life Sciences (Biology and Society), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

  • Thesis: Outside the Revolution: Turning Points in Planetary Geology and the Introduction of Thermal Infrared Spectroscopy.
  • Committee: Jane Maienschein (Chair), Manfred Laubichler, Philip R. Christensen.

2001.  M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

1999.  B.S. Biology (Biology and Society), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2014-Present.  Postdoctoral Research Fellow and History of Science Lecturer, Harvard University Department of the History of Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Project: Assessing Assessments: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy in the late 20th Century.
  • Advisors: Naomi Oreskes, Michael Oppenheimer, Dale Jamieson.

2013.  Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Southern California-Huntington Library Institute on California and the West, Los Angeles, California, USA.

  • Project: Aerospace History Project.
  • Advisors: Peter Westwick and William Deverell.

2011-2012.  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of History, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.

  • Project: Assessing Assessments: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy in the late 20th Century.
  • Advisors: Naomi Oreskes, Michael Oppenheimer, Dale Jamieson.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & POSITIONS

2015.  Meteorological Instruments Intern, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

2015.  Organizer and Chair, Panel on Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy, American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

2014.  Chair, Panel on “Assessing Assessments,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

2010.  Organizer/Host, “Calcium” History of Science Writing Group, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.

2009-2010.  Oral History Project Manager/Interviewer/Graduate Student Fellow, UCSD 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library, La Jolla, CA.

2008-2009.  Oral History Project Designer/Manager/Interviewer/Graduate Student Fellow, San Diego Technology History Project, UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library, La Jolla, CA. http://libraries.ucsd.edu/sdta/

2007-2008.  Co-Founder/Host, “Science and Technology at the Movies” Quarterly Film Series, UCSD Science Studies Program, La Jolla, CA.

2006-2007.  Co-President, Graduate Student History Guild, UCSD Department of History. La Jolla, CA.

2007.  Graduate Student Representative, Science Studies Program External Review, UCSD Science Studies Program, La Jolla, CA.

2005-2007.  History of Science Field Representative, Student Choice Speaker Committee, UCSD Science Studies Program, La Jolla, CA.

2005-2006.  Graduate Student Assistant, UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library, La Jolla, CA.

Summer 2005.  Unpaid Intern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Office, Washington, DC.

Summer 2005.  Science Writer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science and Policy Programs Office, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, Washington, DC.

Summer 2003.  Graduate Student Intern, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science and Policy Programs Office, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, Washington, DC.

2001-2004.  Intern/Graduate Assistant Science Writer, Media Relations Office, Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tempe, AZ.

1998-1999.  Editorial Assistant, Journal of the History of Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Shindell, Matthew B. Forthcoming. “Geophysics,” in A Companion to the History of American Science, ed. Mark Largent and Georgina Montgomery (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing).

Shindell, Matthew B. 2014. “From the End of the World to the Age of the Earth: The Cold War Development of Isotope Geochemistry at the University of Chicago and Caltech,” in Science and Technology in the Global Cold War, ed. Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

Shindell, Matthew B. 2013. “Harold C. Urey: Science, Religion, and Cold War Chemistry,” Chemical Heritage Magazine 31, 3: 32-38.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2010. “Domesticating the Planets: Instruments and Practices in the Development of Planetary Geology,” Spontaneous Generations 4, 1: 191-230.

Oreskes, Naomi, Erik Conway and Matthew B. Shindell, 2008. “From Chicken Little to Dr. Pangloss: William Nierenberg, Global Warming, and the Social Deconstruction of Scientific Knowledge,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 38, 1: 113–56.

Bertka, Connie, Nancy Roth and Matthew B. Shindell, 2007. Workshop Report: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Implications of Astrobiology. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Christensen, Philip R. and Matthew B. Shindell, 2003. “Mars Infrared,” The Planetary Report May/June, 12-17.

REVIEWS

Shindell, Matthew B., Summer 2015. “A Vulnerable Earth,” Distillations Magazine 1, 2: 41-43.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2012. “Echo: The Complete Edition: A Review,” Physics Today (daily edition website): http://www.physicstoday.org/daily_edition/singularities.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2012. “Before Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan: A Review,” Physics Today (daily edition website): http://www.physicstoday.org/daily_edition/singularities.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2010. “How the Cold War Transformed Science: Report from the 2010 Francis Bacon Conference,” Newsletter of the History of Science Society 39, 4.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2010. “Einstein and Oppenheimer: Scientists’ Lives in the Currents of History,” Science as Culture 19, 3: 399-405.

Shindell, Matthew B., 2008. “Review of David A. Weintraub’s Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey through the Solar System,” Isis 99, 2: 389-91.

Shindell, Matthew B. 2006. “Societal Impact of Spaceflight Conference: A View from the Audience,” NASA History Newsletter 23, 4: 1-4.

PRESENTATIONS

“Institutional Settings, Institutional Actors: Expertise, Policy, and the US National Academy of Sciences.” History of Science Society Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 8, 2014.

“Calling for the ‘New Prophet’: A Skeptical Scientist Argues for the Importance of Religion in the Cold War.” Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS. Philadelphia, PA. July 14, 2012.

“Atomic Trauma and New Territory: The Rise of Nuclear Geochemistry at the University of Chicago.” Chemical Heritage Foundation. Philadelphia, PA. March 27, 2012.

“The Origin of Life in the Cold War: Rehabilitating the Moral Complexity of the Miller-Urey Experiment.” History of Science Society Meeting. Cleveland, OH. November 4, 2011.

“Resistance and Reaction in Cold War Chemistry.” Bacon Conference: How the Cold War Transformed Science. California Institute of Technology. Pasadena, CA. May 7-9, 2010.

“From the Small-Town Chapel to the Cathedrals of Cosmopolitan Science: Harold C. Urey, Religion, and Isotope Chemistry.” Chemical Heritage Foundation. Philadelphia, PA. December 9, 2009.

“Professionals and Amateurs in the History of Science.” South by Southwest Conference. Austin, TX. March 16, 2009.

“The Citizen Chemist and War: Harold C. Urey and World War I.” Chemical Heritage Foundation. Philadelphia, PA. February 3, 2009.

“Astrogeology in Translation: The Construction of Extraterrestrial Frontiers in the Early Years of Planetary Science.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Arlington, VA. November 1-4, 2007.

“‘To Hell with the Moon!’: Harold C. Urey, God, and the USGS Astrogeologists.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. November 2-5, 2006.

“Astronauts are Interesting: Cyborgs, Subjects and Astrotechnics.” Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. November 2-5, 2006.

COURSES TAUGHT

Instructor:

  • Summer 2015, HSCI S-160, Popular Science, Science Fiction, Superheroes, and Ourselves: Science and Popular Culture in the Modern World, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Spring 2015, HSCI 132v, History of the Earth and the Environment, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Fall 2014, HSCI 167v, To Boldly Go!: Science, Exploration, and Culture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Fall 2013, HIST 441, The Earth in the 20th Century: Recent Earth and Environmental History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Spring 2013, HIST 498, Nature, Knowledge, and Culture in the Cold War, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • 2008-2009: UCSD Culture, Art & Technology Program
  • CAT 2: Laws of Nature, Laws of Man – Dr. Tal Golan
  • CAT 3: Controlling Life – Dr. Cathy Gere
  • 2005-2009: UCSD Department of History
  • HISC 114: The Darwinian Legacy – Dr. Naomi Oreskes
  • HISC 108: Science & Technology in the 20th Century – Dr. Naomi Oreskes
  • HIUS 155: From Zoot Suits to Hip Hop: Race & Popular Culture since WWII – Dr. Luis Alvarez
  • HIEU 127: Sport in the Modern World – Dr. Robert Edelman
  • HIEU 156: History of the Soviet Union, 1905-1991 – Dr. Robert Edelman
  • USP1: History of US Urban Communities – Dr. Becky Nicolaides
  • HILD 2C: 20th Century US History – Dr. William Weeks

 ADVISING

Dami Aladesanmi, “Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Money: Public-Private Collaborations for Malaria Control in the Early Twentieth Century American South,” Senior Thesis, Harvard University, 2015.

AWARDS

2014 – Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development, Harvard University.

2010 – Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellowship, UCSD Graduate College.

2010 – Graduate Writing Fellowship, UCSD Science Studies Program.

2009 – Haas Dissertation Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation.

2009 – Dissertation Fellowship, Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science (Declined).

2009 – NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

2008 – Research Travel Grant, Chemical Heritage Foundation.

2007 – International Scholarship, UCSD Friends of the International Center.

2007 – Graduate Writing Fellowship, UCSD Science Studies Program.

2004 – Humanities Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, UCSD Center for the Humanities.