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Publications and Professional Contributions

Articles and Book Chapters

1

“John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant on Nature: Idealism in Mill’s An Examination of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy.” The Mill Newsletter XIV, No. 2 (Summer 1979), 2-12.

2

“Broad Church Reactions to the Mansel Controversy.” Victorian Studies Association Newsletter No. 28 (Fall 1981), 9-22.

3

“Pope Huxley and the Church Agnostic: The Religion of Science.” Historical Papers (1983), 150-163.*

4

“Henry Longueville Mansel and the Origins of Agnosticism.” History of European Ideas 5, No. 1 (1984), 45-64.*

5

“Ideology, Evolution, and Late-Victorian Agnostic Popularizers,” in History, Humanity and Evolution: New Perspectives in the History of Evolutionary Naturalism. Edited by James R. Moore. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989, 285-309.

6

“’Robert Elsmere’ and the Agnostic Crises of Faith,” in Victorian Faith in Crisis: Essays on Continuity and Change in Nineteenth Century Religious Belief. Eds. Richard Helmstadter and Bernard Lightman. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press; London: Macmillan Press, 1990, 283-311.*

7

“The Gendered Nature of Victorian Science: Recent Works.” Victorian Studies Association Newsletter No. 48 (Fall 1991), 15-21.

8

“Science and the Postmodern Crisis.” The European Legacy 1, No. 5 (August 1996), 1764-1776.

9

“Astronomy for the People: R.A. Proctor and the Popularization of the Victorian Universe.” In Facets of Faith and Science, ed. Jitse van der Meer. Lanham, New York and London: The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science, Redeemer College, Ancaster, Ontario, and University Press of America, Inc., 1996, Volume 3, 31-45.*

10

“Constructing Victorian Heavens: Agnes Clerke and the ‘New Astronomy.’” In Natural Eloquence: Women Reinscribe Science, ed. Ann Shteir and Barbara Gates. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997, 61-75.*

11

“’Fighting Even With Death’: Balfour, Scientific Naturalism, and Thomas Henry Huxley’s Final Battle.” In T.H. Huxley’s Place in Science and Letters: Centenary Essays. Ed. Alan Barr. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1997, 323-350.*

12

“’Voices of Nature’: Popularizers of Victorian Science.” In Victorian Science in Context. Ed. Bernard Lightman. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1997, 187-211.*

13

“The Story of Nature: Victorian Popularizers and Scientific Narrative.” Victorian Review 25, No. 2 (1999), 1-29.*

14

“Marketing Knowledge for the General Reader: Victorian Popularizers of Science.” Endeavour 24, No. 3 (2000), 100-106.*

15

“The Visual Theology of Victorian Popularizers of Science: From Reverent Eye to Chemical Retina.” Isis 91 (Dec. 2000), 651-680.*

16

“Victorian Sciences and Religions: Discordant Harmonies.” Science in Theistic Contexts: Cognitive Dimensions, Eds. John Hedley Brooke, Margaret J. Osler and Jitse van der Meer. Osiris 16 (2001), 343-366.*

17

“Huxley and Scientific Agnosticism: The Strange History of a Failed Rhetorical Strategy.” British Journal for the History of Science 35 (2002), 271-289.*

18

“’Knowledge’ Confronts ‘Nature’: Richard Proctor and Popular Science Periodicals.” Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, eds. Louise Henson, Geoffrey Cantor, Gowan Dawson, Richard Noakes, Sally Shuttleworth and Jonathan R. Topham. Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004, 199-210.

19

“Scientists as Materialists in the Periodical Press: Tyndall’s Belfast Address.” Science Serialized: Representations of the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals. Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology. Eds. Geoffrey Cantor and Sally Shuttleworth. Cambridge, Massachusetts: M.I.T. Press, 2004, 199-237.

20

“Interpreting Agnosticism as a Nonconformist Sect: T. H. Huxley’s 'New Reformation.'” Science and Dissent in England, 1688-1945. Ed. Paul Wood. Aldershot, Hampshire, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004, 197-214.*

21

“Celestial Objects for Common Readers: Webb as a Populariser of Science.” The Stargazer of Hardwicke: The Life and Work of Thomas William Webb. Ed. Janet and Mark Robinson. Leominster, Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2006, 215-234. (This collection also includes: Jaspreet Gill and Bernard Lightman. "Bibliography of Webb's published works." 241-251.).

22

“Depicting Nature, Defining Roles: Visual Images and Female Popularizers of Victorian Science.” Figuring it Out: Science, Gender and Visual Culture. Ed. Ann Shteir and Bernard Lightman. Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College Press; Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2006, 214-239.*

23

"Lecturing in the Spatial Economy of Science." Science in the Marketplace: Eds. Bernard Lightman and Aileen Fyfe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007, 97-132.*

24

“Beating Up on the New Atheists.” Religion in the News 10 (Summer/Fall 2007), 2-4, 19.

25

“’A Conspiracy of One’: Butler, Natural Theology, and Victorian Popularization.” Samuel Butler, Victorian Against the Grain: A Critical Overview. Ed. James Paradis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, 113-142.*

26

“Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin.” In The Mark. First posted May 8, 2009. http://www.themarknews.com/articles/210-happy-birthday-mr-darwin

27

“Christian Evolutionists in the United States, 1860-1900.” Journal of Cambridge Studies 4, No. 4 (December 2009), 14-22.

28

“Darwin and the Popularization of Evolution.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society 64, No. 1 (March 2010), 5-24.*

29

“Science and Culture.” The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. Ed. Francis O’Gorman. Cambridge: Ca bridge University Press, 2010, 12-42.

30

“Devolution.” In The Mark. First posted Oct. 27, 2010. http://www.themarknews.com/series/33-threats-to-the-human-species/articles/2921-devolution

31

“The Many Lives of Charles Darwin: Biographies and the Definitive Evolutionist.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society 64 (December 2010), 339-358.*

32

"Unbelief." Science and Religion around the World: Historical Perspectives. Ed. John Hedley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 252-277.*

33

“The International Scientific Series and the Communication of Darwinism,” Journal of Cambridge Studies 5 (December 2010), 27-38. Also translated by Ke Zunke into Chinese and published in Science and Culture Review 8, No. 5 (Oct. 2011), 69-80.

34

With Professor KE Zunke. “Studying the Cultural History of Victorian Science,” Journal of Cambridge Studies 5 (December 2010), 39-47.

35

“Science and the Public.” Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science. Ed. Peter Harrison, Ronald Numbers, and Michael Shank. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 337-375.*

36

“Refashioning the Spaces of London Science: Elite Epistemes in the Nineteenth Century.” Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science: Ed. David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 25-50.*

37

“The Microscopic World,” Forum on “Victorian Eco-Systems,” in the special theme issue on “Victorian Natural Environments,” edited by Dennis Denisoff, Victorian Review 36, No. 2 (Fall 2010), 46-49.

38

“Victorian Periodicals, Evolution, and Public Controversy,” Spontaneous Generations 5, No. 1 (2011), 5-11. http://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/SpontaneousGenerations/article/view/15324

39

“The Creed of Science and Its Critics.” The Victorian World.  Ed. Martin Hewitt.  Routledge Worlds Series.  London and New York: Routledge, 2012, 449-465.*

40

“On Tyndall’s Belfast Address, 1874.” Branch: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth Century History. [On-line peer-reviewed encyclopedia at http://www.branchcollective.org/] [14 pages typescript]

41

“Spectacle in Leicester Square: James Wyld’s Great Globe, 1851-1861.” Popular Exhibitions, Science and Showmanship, 1840-1910, Ed. Joe Kember, John Plunkett and Jill A. Sullivan. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012, 19-39, 240-243.*

42

“Evolution for Young Victorian Readers.” Thematic Issue: Popularizing and Policing ‘Darwinism’ 1859-1900.  Guest Editor: John Lynch.  Science and Education 21, No. 7 (July 2012), 1015-1034.*

43

“Introduction: Science.” The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Prose 1832-1901, Ed. Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2012), 413-420.

44

“Does the History of Science and Religion change depending on the Narrator? Some Atheist and Agnostic Perspectives.” Science and Christian Belief 24 (October 2012), 149-168.

45

 “Communicating Knowledge to New Audiences: Victorian Popularizers of Science.” Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science 47, Part 1 (2012), 5-31.

46 “Mid-Victorian Science Museums and Exhibitions.” Endeavour 37, No. 2 (June 2013), 82-93.*
47 “Science at the Metaphysical Society: Defining Knowledge in the 1870.” The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries.  Ed. Bernard Lightman and Michael S. Reidy.  London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014, 187-206.*
48 “From Natural Theology to the New Atheism: Constructing the Link Between Modern Science and Unbelief.” Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities.  Ed. Lucas F. Johnston and Whitney A. Bauman.  New York and London: Routledge, 2014, 87-97.
49

“Huxley and the Devonshire Commission.”  Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity. Ed. Bernard Lightman and Gowan Dawson.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014, 101-130.*

50

“The Popularization of Evolution and Victorian Culture.” In Evolution and Victorian Culture.  Ed. Bernard Lightman and Bennett Zon.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 286-311.*

51  “Spencer’s British Disciples.” Herbert Spencer: Legacies. Ed. Mark Francis and Michael Taylor.  London and New York: Routledge, 2015, 222-243.
52

“Conan Doyle and the Scientific Naturalists.” Toronto: Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, 2014.

* Refereed

Bibliographies

Victorian Science and Religion: A Bibliography with Emphasis on Evolution, Belief and Unbelief, Comprised of Works Published from c. 1900-1975. Co-authored with Sydney Eisen. Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, Inc./Archon Books, 1984. 696 pp.

Correspondence

General Co-Editor with James Elwick and Michael Reidy,  The Correspondence of John Tyndall.  Volume 1.  Ed. Geoffrey Cantor and Gowan Dawson.  London:
Pickering and Chatto, 2014.  This is the first of eighteen projected volumes to be published.  A new volume will be published every six months. See: https://www.pickeringchatto.com/index.php//major_works/the_correspondence_of_john_tyndall

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

“Agnosticism.” In Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Sally Mitchell. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988, 8-9.

“Clerke, Agnes Mary,” and “Clerke, Ellen Mary.” In The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Eds. Marilyn Ogilvie and Joy Harvey. New York: Routledge, 2000, I, pp. 269-271 and 271-272.

“Bithell, Richard (1821-1902),” “Laing, Samuel (1812-97),” and “Ross, William Stewart (1844-1906),” The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, 2 vols., General Editors W. J. Mander and Alan P.
F. Sell. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002, Vol. 1: 100-101, Vol. 2: 649-650, 967-8

Supervising Editor, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, 2 vols., General Editors W. J. Mander and Alan P. F. Sell.  Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002.  (supervised 26 entries on atheism and agnosticism).

"Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham," "Buckland, Francis Trevelyan," "Clodd, Edward," "Giberne, Agnes," "Hutchinson, Henry Neville," "Johns, Charles Alexander," "Laing, Samuel," Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists, 4vols, General Editor Bernard Lightman. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004, Vol. I, 266-7, 324-5, 450-2, Vol. II, 777-8, 1040-1, 1082-3, Vol. III, 1168-9.

General Editor. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists. 4 vols. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004. [American edition co-published by Thoemmes Continuum and University of Chicago Press, 2005]

“Agnosticism.” The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, Eds A. C. Grayling, Andrew Pyle and Naomi Goulder. London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006, Vol. I, 48-50.

“Huxley, Thomas Henry.” The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Ed. Daniel Patte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, September, 2010, p. 578.


Edited Reprint Series

General Editor, Science for Children. Ed. Aileen Fyfe. First Set of Popular Science in the Nineteenth Century. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2003, 7 volumes. [includes my series preface]

General Editor, Science Writing by Women, Ed. Bernard Lightman. Second Set of Popular Science in the Nineteenth Century. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2004, 7 volumes. [includes my introductions to the set and to the Kirby and Giberne volumes]

General Co-Editor with Gowan Dawson. Victorian Science and Literature. 8 vols. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011-12. An eight volume collection of primary sources.

Volume 1: Eds. Piers J. Hale and Jonathan Smith, Negotiating Boundaries.
[Includes co-editors’ “General Introduction,” vii-xix.]
Volume 2: Eds. Suzy Anger and James Paradis, Victorian Science as Cultural Authority.
Volume 3: Eds. Richard England and Jude V. Nixon, Science, Religion and Natural Theology
Volume 4: Eds. David Amigoni and James Elwick, The Evolutionary Epic.
Volume 5: Ed. Claire Brock, New Audiences for Science: Women, Children, Labourers.
Volume 6: Eds. Marwa Elshakry and Sujit Sivasundarum, Science, Race, and Imperialism.
Volume 7: Ed. Ralph O’Connor, Science as Romance.
Volume 8: Eds. Roger Luckhurst and Justine Sausman, Marginal And Occult Sciences.

See: http://www.pickeringchatto.com/major_works/victorian_science_and_literature

Monograph Series

Series Editor, Science and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century.  Pickering and Chatto.  Twenty-five have been published in the series so far.  Three have won awards: The 2010 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize awarded by the Société de Physique et d’Histoire Naturelle de Genève (Simon); the 2011 Frank Watson Prize in Scottish History (Finnegan); and the British Society for Literature and Science book prize for 2011 (Willis). See: http://www.pickeringchatto.com/series/66-science-and-culture-in-the-nineteenth-century

Books and Edited Collections

The Origins of Agnosticism: Victorian Unbelief and the Limits of Knowledge. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987. 249 pp.

Victorian Faith in Crisis: Essays on Continuity and Change in Nineteenth Century Religious Belief. Co-edited with Richard Helmstadter. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press; London: Macmillan Press, 1990. 391 pp.

“Science and Religion in Modern Western Thought.” Co-edited with Bernard Zelechow. Special theme issue of The European Legacy 1, No. 5 (August 1996).

Victorian Science in Context. Ed. Bernard Lightman. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1997. 489 pp.

Creating the Jewish Future. Co-edited with Michael Brown. Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira Press, 1998. Published in Russian, 2001.

Figuring it Out: Science, Gender and Visual Culture. Co-edited with Ann Shteir. Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College Press; Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2006. 386 pp.

Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences. Co-edited with Aileen Fyfe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 432 pp.

Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 545 pp. [Paper edition May 2010.]

Reviewed in:

Times Higher Education, March 26, 2008
American Historical Review, October 2008, 1241-1242
British Journal for the History of Science, Dec. 2008, 616-7
Times Literary Supplement, January 9, 2009, 7-8
Journal of British Studies, October 2009, 1026-8
Victorian Review, Fall 2010, 133-136.
Public Understanding of Science, 2010, 126-127.

Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain: The ‘Darwinians’ and Their Critics. Variorum Collected Studies Series. Burlington, Vermont, USA; Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009.

Reviewed in:

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 32 (2010), 521 - 548.
British Journal for the History of Science 43 (2010), 129 - 130.
Victorian Studies 53 (2011), 553-555

Guest Editor.  “Victorian Science and Popular Visual Culture.”  Special Issue of Early Popular Visual Culture 10, No. 1 (February 2012).  91 pp.

The Circulation of Knowledge Between Britain, India and China: The Early-Modern World to the Twentieth Century.  Eds. Bernard Lightman, Gordon McOuat, and Larry Stewart.  Leiden: Brill, 2013.  339 pp.

The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries.  Co-edited with Michael S. Reidy.  London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014. 256 pp.

Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity. Co-edited with Gowan Dawson.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 345 pp.

Evolution and Victorian Culture.  Co-edited with Bennett Zon.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 320 pp.

Book Reviews

Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian, by Noel Annan.” Victorian Studies 32 (Spring, 1989), 442-4.

“Robert J. Richards.  Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior.”  American Historical Review  94 (Oct. 1989), 1060-1061.

“David Berman.  A History of Atheism in Britain. and Gordon Stein.  A Second Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism.”  Albion 22 (Spring 1990), 136-139.

“Pietro Corsi.  Science and Religion: Baden Powell and the Anglican Debate.”  American Historical Review  96 (October 1991), 1199-1200.

“Thomas Henry Huxley.  Evolution and Ethics: T. H. Huxley’s Evolution and Ethics with New Essays on Its Victorian and Sociobiological Context.  By James Paradis and George C. Williams.”  Isis 82 (1991), 154-155.

“J. Vernon Jensen.  Thomas Henry Huxley: Communicating for Science.”  Isis 83 (1992), 677-678.

Truth and Interpretation: An Essay in Thinking, Brayton Polka.”  History of European Ideas 17 (1993), 101-104.

“Adrian Desmond, Huxley: The Devil’s Disciple.”  Metascience N.S. 7 (1995), 27-30.

“Sandra Den Otter, British Idealism and Social Explanation.”  Histoire Sociale: Social History XXX, No. 60 (1997), 468-470.

Huxley: From Devil’s Disciple to Evolution’s High Priest, by Adrian Desmond.” Canadian Journal of History XXXIII (April 1998), 149-151.

Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain, by Alison Winter.”  The Washington Times (Jan. 24, 1999), B7-8.

Frankenstein’s Children, by Iwan Rhys Morus.”  American Historical Review (December 1999), 1755-1756.

“Roy M. MacLeod.  The ‘Creed of Science’ in Victorian England.” Isis 92 (September 2001), 613-4.

“S. M. Walters and E. A. Stow. Darwin’s Mentor: John Stevens Henslow.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 39 (4) (Fall 2003), 390-2.

“Christopher Herbert.  Victorian Relativity: Radical Thought and Scientific Discovery.”  Victorian Studies 45 (Spring 2003), 493-499.

"Richard Yeo.  Science in the Public Sphere."  Annals of Science  61 (2004), 512-3.

"Anne-Julia Zwierlein (ed.).  Unmapped Countries: Biological Visions in
Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture."  Victorian Studies  48 (2006), 358-360.

Thomas Hardy’s Novel Universe: Astronomy, Cosmology, and Gender in the Post-Darwinian World, by Pamela Gossin.” Victorian Studies 50 (2008), 326-7.

Science and Scientism in Nineteenth-Century Europe, by Richard G. Olson.” Clio 38, No. 1 (Fall 2008),  101-105.

The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856, by Ralph O’Connor.”  Journal of Modern History  81, No. 3 (September 2009), 668-669.

Space and the ‘March of Mind’: Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain, 1815-1850, by Alice Jenkins.” Reviews section of the British Society for Literature and Science website (http://www.bsls.ac.uk/).  Posted on January 4, 2011

Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age, by James Secord.” Science 343 (March 28, 2014), 1433-1434.

Works in Progress

1) Accepted for Publication and In Press

Critical edition of the Metaphysical Society Papers.  3 volumes.  Co-edited with Richard England and Catherine Marshall. Oxford University Press.  In press.  To be published winter 2015.

“Nineteenth Century Science and Western Materialisms.” Science and Narratives of Nature: East and West, Ed. Sundar Sarukkai. Routledge India.  In press.  To be published 2015.

“Science Writers, Female.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.  Revised and submitted to Editor.  To be published in 2015.

“Lost in Translation: Evolutionary Naturalists and Their Language Games.” In “The Language of Scientists,” special theme issue of History of Science, 2015.

2) Accepted for Publication and In Preparation

Editor, Blackwell Companion for the History of Science.  Collection of forty chapters on the field of the history of science. Accepted for publication and due into the Press April 2015.

Editor, Global Spencerism.  Collection of fifteen chapters on the Reception, Appropriation, and Reading of Herbert Spencer around the world.  Includes my paper on American disciples of Spencer.  Accepted for publication by Brill.

3) In Preparation and/or Submitted for Publication

“The Theology of Victorian Scientific Naturalism.”  In Science Without God? Scientific Naturalism, Democritus to Darwin, ed. Peter Harrison and Jon Roberts.  To be submitted to University of Chicago Press.

“Life: The Darwinians, Evolution and Romanticism.” Historicism and the Human Sciences in Victorian Britain, ed. Mark Bevir.  Submitted to Cambridge University Press and now being read.

“The History of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Huxley, Spencer, and the ‘End’ of Natural History.” Replaying Life’s Tape. Ed. Peter Harrison.  To be submitted to University of Chicago Press.

A biography of John Tyndall, an eminent Victorian physicist.

Co-organizer of the Cain conference at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, May 2015.  The conference will focus on Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American science museums.  We plan to seek publication of the papers in an edited volume.

Offices in Professional Associations

Member-at-Large, Victorian Studies Association Planning Committee, 1989-1991.

Advisory Council, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, 1992-1994, 2000-2002.

Treasurer/Secretary, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, 2002-2004 .

Eastern Canada Regional Representative, North American Committee, Dibner Visiting Historians of Science Program, History of Science Society, 1991-1995

Chair, Dibner Visiting Historians of Science Program, History of Science Society, 1995-1998.

Committee on Finance, History of Science Society, 1997-1999.

Council, History of Science Society, 2003-2005.

Advisory Editor for the journal Isis, 1998-2000.

Associated Scholar of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, 1998-2000.

Affiliate (Cross-appointed Full Member), Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2018.

Society Editor, Isis Editor, and Member of the Executive Committee, History of Science Society, 2004-2008. Renewed for second five-year term, 2009-June, 2014.

Advisory Board, Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies, 2008-2012.

Editorial Board, Spontaneous Generations, 2008-2011.

Advisory Board, Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, Ed. Roger Kain, Volume 5 of The History of Cartography, Director, Matthew Edney (University of Chicago Press) [See: http://www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/index.html]

Major Consultations

Research work during May and June of 1979 in a special University of Toronto project to put together a book of readings for the Nineteenth Century European history course.  This book was used for several years as the main text in the course.

Consultant for a project entitled “The Uses of Invention: The Oregon Experience,” organized by the Willamette Science and Technology Center, Eugene, Oregon, 1986-1987, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Monthly contributor on the topic of scientific revolutions for the CBC radio show “Quirks and Quarks,” September 1997-May 1998; regular contributor on the topic of history of science for “Quirks and Quarks,” September 1998-May 1999.

Advisory Panel, Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Project, University of Sheffield and University of Leeds, 1999-2007.

Editorial Advisory Team, Nineteenth Century Books on Evolution and Creation: Scientific and Religious Debates in the Ages of Darwin, Microfiche Collection, Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., Cambridge, U.K., 2001.  (Worked on the team from 1998-2001.)

Consultant to review the Contemporary Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford Campus), January-February 2006.

Consultant to review the proposal for a Masters Degree in Humanities at Simon Fraser University, April 2007.

Senior Advisory Board, Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom Research Network, “Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940,” 2013-.  (See: http://www.oliverlodge.org)

Consultant, Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, “Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries,” PI: Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford.  2013-. (See: http://www.sciculture.ac.uk/projects/large-grants/constructing-scientific-communities-citizen-science-in-the-19th-and-21st-centuries/)

Manuscript Evaluations

I have done manuscript evaluations for Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press (both New York and Cambridge offices), Johns Hopkins University Press, Broadview Press, Houghton Mifflin Press, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Random House, University of Toronto Press, University of Washington Press, Yale University Press, Wiley-Blackwell Press, Bloomsbury Publishers, University of Chicago Press, and Zone Books.

I have evaluated articles for publication for the following journals: Albion, Annals of Science, British Journal for the History of Science, Historical Research, History of Intellectual Culture, Isis, Journal of Religion, Journal of the History of Ideas, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Christian Belief, Science in Context, Technology and Culture, Victorian Review, and Victorian Studies.

Invited Papers and Keynote/Plenary Addresses

“The Victory of Agnosticism,” History Department Invited Lecturer Series, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, March, 1984.

“Science and the New Agnostic Religion,” Patterns of Secularization in Nineteenth Century Thought, Thirty Second Annual Drew Graduate School Colloquium, April, 1987.

“Western Rationalism Under Attack,” Simcoe Lectures (October, 1987), also at Toronto and East York Board of Education Seminar Series on Modern Western Civilization (November, 1988), and at the Durham Board of Education Lecture Series on Modern Western Civilization (November, 1988).

“Astronomy for the People: R. A. Proctor and the Popularization of the Victorian Universe,” Pascal Centre International Conference on Science and Belief, Ancaster, Ontario, August, 1992.

“’Fighting Even With Death’: Balfour, Scientific Naturalism and Huxley’s Final Battle,” Conference on T. H. Huxley: Victorian Science and Culture, Organized by the British Society for the History of Science, the Imperial College of Science, Technology, Medicine and the Royal Society, April, 1995, London.

“Agnosticism and the Spectrum of Un/Belief,” Society of Humanist Philosophers Conference on “A Philosophical Examination of Atheism, Agnosticism, and Humanism,” Centre for Inquiry, Amherst, New York, December, 1997.

“The Visual Rhetoric of Victorian Popularizers of Science: From Reverent Eye to Chemical Retina,” Conference on “Visual Imagination in Victorian Science and Medicine,” Huntington Library, Pasadena, May, 1998.

“Victorian Sciences and Religions: Discordant Harmonies,” Religion and Science: Tension, Accommodation, and Engagement, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May, 1999.  Also given at Templeton Science and Religion Workshop, Victoria University, University of Toronto, July, 1999.

“’Knowledge’ Confronts ‘Nature’: Richard Proctor and Popular Science Periodicals,” Invited paper, Science in the Nineteenth Century Periodical: An Interdisciplinary Conference Organized by the SciPer Project, 10-12 April, 2000, University of Leeds.  Also at the Colloquia of the History of Science and Technology Program, University of Minnesota, October, 2003.

“Scientists as Materialists in the Periodical Press: Tyndall’s Belfast Address,” Conference on Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical, April 19-21, 2001, Dibner Institute, Boston.

“Science and the Public: The Contested Meanings of Science in Victorian Britain,” Conference on Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science, April 26-28, 2001, University of Wisconsin.  Also at the Science Studies Colloquium, University of California, San Diego, May, 2004.

“Huxley and Scientific Agnosticism: The Strange History of a Failed Rhetorical Strategy,” Locating the Victorians, July 12-15, 2001, Imperial College of Science and the Science Museum, London.  Also at Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, Toronto, May, 2002.

“Interpreting Agnosticism as a Nonconformist Sect: T. H. Huxley’s New Reformation,” Conference on Dissent, Nonconformity and Science in Britain, 1600-1945, September 14-15, 2001, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

"The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Cosmic Evolution," History of Biology Seminar on Cosmic Evolution and Astrobiology, Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory, May 15-21st, 2005, Sponsored by the Marine Biology Laboratory at Woods Hole, the Dibner Institute, and NASA.

“From Practitioner to Transmitter: Huxley’s Evolution as Scientific Author,” Keynote Address, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Graduate Student Conference on “The Transmission of Knowledge,” August, 2005

“Scientific Authorship at Century’s End,” Invited Speaker, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario, Evening Lecture Series, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, October, 2005.

"Science and Religion at War: Nineteenth Century Origins Twenty-First Century Prospects," for the "Philosophy Café: Can Science and Religion Agree?," School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, November, 2005.

“Redefining ‘Popular Science’: J. H. Pepper’s Theatre of Illusion.” Invited Speaker, Arizona State University, October, 2006.  Also presented at the History Department, Oregon State University, April, 2007.

“’A Conspiracy of One’: Butler, Natural Theology, and Victorian Popularisation,” History Department Speakers Series, SUNY Buffalo, April, 2007. Also at the History of Science Society annual meeting, Washington, November, 2007.

Panel on “Editing Academic Journals: Experiences, Challenges, Perspectives; A Cross-Disciplinary Round-Table with Distinguished Journal Editors,” SUNY Buffalo, April, 2007.

“Popularizing Science: Nineteenth Century Origins, Strategies, and Syntheses,” Woods’ Hole Marine Biology Laboratory and Arizona State University History of Biology Seminar on “What’s the Value of History for Science,” Woods Hole, May 14-20, 2007.

"Science and Unbelief," conference on “Science and Religion Around the World,” Green College, University of British Columbia, May, 2007.

“Mapping the Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science,” Plenary Address for conference on "Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science: An International Interdisciplinary Conference." Edinburgh, July 18-21, 2007. 

"Frank Buckland and the Resilience of Natural Theology: Curiosity of Natural History?" Conference on “Science and Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” Lancaster, July 23-26, 2007.

“The Future of Science.” Conference on “The Next Generation Counterfeit Prevention System: Initial Panel on Threats and Opportunities.”  Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, Federal Reserve Building, Washington, D.C., September 9-10, 2008.

“Popularizing Darwin.”  Invited Lecture for the 2008-09 Lecture Series on “Public Science/Popular Science,” Science, Technology and Society Initiative, Virginia Commonwealth University, October 2nd, 2008.

“Print Culture and the Popularization of Evolution.” Mellon Workshop on Science and Print Culture, University of Wisconsin, February 17, 2009.

“The Culture of Evolutionary Naturalism and Its Critics.” Department of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, February 17, 2009.

“How the Victorians Learned about Darwin’s Theories: Popularizing Evolution.” 2009 Schulman Lectures in Science and the Humanities, Yale University, April 1st, 2009.

“Spectacle in Leicester Square: James Wyld’s Great Globe, 1851-1861.” Keynote lecture for a conference on “Instruction, Amusement and Spectacle: Popular Shows and Exhibitions 1800-1914,” Centre for Victorian Studies, University of Exeter, April 16-18, 2009.

“Scientists, the Public, and Natural Selection: From Darwin to Dawkins.”  Lecture Series on “Religion and Science: Dialogues of Faith and Reason,” Noor Cultural Center, Toronto, May 9, 2009.

“Darwin and the Popularization of Evolution,” 2009 Wallace Russell Lecturer, Society for the History of Psychology, Division of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Convention, August 2009, Toronto.

“The Making of a Cultural Icon: Early Biographies of Charles Darwin,” Invited Lecture, Michigan State University, October, 2009.

“Darwin and the Popularizers of Evolution,” Darwin’s Living Legacy: A Conference on Evolution and Society, international conference organized by the British Council, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, November 14-16, 2009. 

“The Many Lives of Charles Darwin: Biographies and the Definitive Evolutionist,” Keynote Address, Victorian Studies Association of Ontario annual conference, Toronto, April 24, 2010.

“Tyndall and Patronage.” John Tyndall Symposium, University of Leeds University, June 24th, 2010. 

“The International Scientific Series and the Communication of Darwinism,” Conference on Darwin in Communication, Peking University, August, 2010.

“The Creed of Victorian Science and Its Critics,” History and Philosophy of Science Seminar, McGill University, November 11th, 2010.

“The Royal Panopticon: Victorian Science and Perspective.”  Plenary Speaker, North American Victorian Studies Association, Annual Conference on “Scale and Perspective,” Montreal, November 11-13, 2010.

“Modelling the Planet: James Wyld’s Great Globe.” Visual Studies of Science Workshop, University of Toronto, December 10, 2010.

“Systems and Creeds,” Keynote Panel, Northeast Victorian Studies Association, Annual Conference on “Systems and Archives,” University of Maryland, College Park, April 15-17, 2011.

“Science at the Metaphysical Society,” Stillman Drake Lecture (Keynote Address), Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, May 31st, 2011.

“The Creed of Victorian Science,” Conference on Science and Religion in Latin America, Mexico City, October 19-21, 2011.

“Nineteenth Century Science and Western Materialism,” International Workshop on Science and Narratives of Nature: East and West, Manipal University, India, December 12-14, 2011.

“Does the History of Science and Religion Change Depending on the Narrator?  Some Atheist and Agnostic Perspectives.”  Faraday Institute Short Course, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, March 30-April 1, 2012.

“Proctor, Airy, and the Transit of Venus 1874.”  Transits of Venus: Past and Present.  A Symposium and Related Exhibit, University of Toronto, April 28, 2012.

“Communicating Knowledge to New Audiences: Victorian Popularizers of Science.”  Nova Scotian Institute of Science, 150th Anniversary Public Lecture, May 7, 2012, Halifax.  Also presented as the Plenary Paper at the Workshop on “Learning from Science Communication’s Past.” University of Leeds, June 26, 2012, Leeds.

Plenary Session on “State of the Profession Roundtable,” Seven British-North American Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, July 14, 2012, Philadelphia.

“Evolutionary Naturalists and Christian Metaphysicians: The Metaphysical Society in the 1870’s.” University of Alberta, September 19, 2012.

“Herbert Spencer and his Disciples.”  University of Alberta, September 19, 2012.

“Defining British Science at the Metaphysical Society: Contesting Cultural Authority in the 1870s.” History of Science and Medicine Colloquium, Yale University, October 15, 2012.

“The Faith of Scientific Naturalism.” Science Without God: Religion, Naturalism and the Sciences, Florida State University, February 15-16, 2013.

“Herbert Spencer, His British Disciples, and Evolutionary Naturalism.” Centre interuniversitaire de recherché sur la science et la technologies, Montreal, April 12, 2013.

“Conan Doyle and the Scientific Naturalists.”  Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecture, May 4, 2013, Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Toronto Public Library.

“Life: The Darwinians, Evolution and Romanticism.” Conference on “Historicism and the Human Sciences in Victorian Britain,” Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 6-7, 2013.

“Science at the Metaphysical Society: Defining Knowledge in the 1870s,” Colloquia Series, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, University of California, Berkeley, May 8, 2013.

“The History of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Huxley, Spencer, and the ‘End’ of Natural History,” Workshop on “Order and Contingency in History and the Sciences,” Harris Manchester College, Oxford, 11-14 August, 2013.

“Staging Science: A Response,” Staging Science Colloquium, University of Westminster, London, December 7, 2013.

“Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist,” British Society for Literature and Science, Keynote Speaker, University of Surrey, April 12, 2014.

“Experiments in the Popularization of Mid-Victorian Science: Museums and Exhibitions,” Joseph H. Hazen Lecture, New York Academy of Sciences, May 12, 2014.

“Global Spencerism,” History and Sociology of Science Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, November 3, 2014.

Other Conference Papers and Public Appearances

“Evolution and the Development of the Victorian Agnostic Theory of Knowledge,” Joint Atlantic Seminar on the History of Biology and Medicine, University of Toronto, April, 1979.

“Pope Huxley and the Church Agnostic,” Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver, June, 1983.

Robert Elsmere and the Agnostic Crises of Faith,” Conference on Victorian Faith in Crisis, University of Toronto, November, 1984.

“Scientific Agnosticism and the New Natural Theology,” Joint Session of the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society, and the Conference on British Studies, Chicago, December, 1984.

“The Agnostics and the Alps,” The Northwest Region, Conference on British Studies, University of Idaho, October, 1986.

“Ideology, Evolution, and Late-Victorian Agnostic Popularizers,” History of Science Society, Raleigh, October, 1987.

“The Social Nature of Scientific Texts: Humanizing Science,” Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue and Debate, York University, April, 1990.

Panel on Ethical and Legal Questions, “Artificial Intelligence: The Mind in the Machine,” A Science Symposium Presented by Vanier College and Bethune College, York University, February, 1992.

“R.A. Proctor’s Other Worlds Than Ours: Religion, Ideology and Gender in Late-Victorian Astronomy,” Departmental Seminar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, April, 1992.  Also at Colloquium of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, October, 1992.

“Gendering the Cosmos: R. A. Proctor and the Solar Family,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, Charlottetown, P.E.I., May, 1992.

“Science and the Post-Modern Crisis,” Cambridge University, July, 1994, at the seminar series organized by the Darwin Correspondence Project, “Science and Culture Since the Enlightenment.”  Also given at conference on “Science and Religion in Modern Western Thought,” May, 1994, York University.

“Constructing Victorian Heavens: Agnes Clerke and Gendered Astronomy,” History of Science Society annual meeting, New Orleans, October, 1994.

“The Construction of the Heavens: God and Nature in Late-Victorian Astronomy,” Midwest Victorian Studies Association Annual Meeting, October, 1994, Toronto.

“Science in Context: New Directions in the History of Science,” Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario annual conference, November, 1994, Toronto.

“The Voices of Nature: Popularizing Victorian Science,” Conference on “Contexts of Victorian Science,” May, 1995, Toronto.

“Victorian Popularizers and Pedagogy,” History of Science Society annual meeting, Atlanta, November, 1996.

Panel on “Case Studies of Articulation Arrangements,” Toronto Area Higher Education Seminar Series Meeting on “College-University Articulation in Ontario: Challenges and Opportunities,” October, 1997.

Panel on “Victorian Sturm und Drang: German Romanticism and British Scientific Naturalism,” History of Science Society annual meeting, San Diego, November, 1997.

“Victorian Popularizers and Scientific Narrative,” Session on “Narrative Intersections Between Science, Religion, and Art in the Twentieth Century,” Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Haifa, Israel, August, 1998.

Panel on “Reinventing Victorian Studies: Critical Perspectives—Past, Present, and Future,” Victorian Studies Association of Ontario, Toronto, April, 1999.

“The Story of Nature: Victorian Popularizers and Scientific Narrative,” Society for Literature and Science annual conference, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, October, 1999.  Also given at the History of Science Society annual meeting, Pittsburgh, November, 1999.

 “Agnes Clerke and the ‘Chemical Retina’: Natural Theology, Photography, and Popular Science,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, Edmonton, May, 2000.

“Scientists as Anti-Heroes: Materialism and Tyndall’s ‘Belfast Address,’” History of Science Society annual meeting, Denver, November, 2001.

“Depicting Nature, Defining Roles: Visual Images and Female Popularizers of  Victorian Science,” Figural Vocabularies of Gender in Nineteenth Century Science, York University, Toronto, May, 2002.  Also at Circulating Knowledge (Fifth British-North American Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS), Kings College, Halifax, August, 2004.

"Sites of Amusement and Instruction: Popular Lecturing in the Economy of Science," Popular Science: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences, York University, Toronto, August, 2004.

"Celestial Objects for Common Readers: T. W. Webb as Popularizer of Science," Circulating Knowledge (Fifth British-North American Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS), Kings College, Halifax, August, 2004.

"John Henry Pepper, the Polytechnic , and the Theatre of Victorian Popular Science," History of Science Colloquium, University of Oklahoma, September, 2004.

"Defining a New Audience: Women as Scientific Authors," Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, University of Western Ontario, May, 2005.

“The Evolution of the Evolutionary Epic,” History of Science Society, Minneapolis, November, 2005.

Panel on “Are Mountains Necessary? Working with Altitude in European Science, 1840-1920,” History of Science Society annual meeting, Vancouver, November, 2006.

“J. G. Wood and the Agenda of Scientific Naturalism,” History of Science Colloquium Series, University of Oklahoma, January, 2007.

“Darwin and the Popularizers.” History of Science Colloquium, University of Oklahoma, March 25th, 2009.

“The Many Lives of Charles Darwin.” Natural History Cabinet, Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, April 20, 2009. 

“Popularizing Evolution in Children's Books.”  Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual conference, May 26-28, 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa.

“Anglo-American Popularisers of Evolution, 1859-1900,” Session on “Popularizing and Policing ‘Darwinism’ 1859-1900,” History of Science Society annual meeting, Phoenix, November 20th, 2009.

“Christian Evolutionists in the United States, 1860-1900,” Session on “Theistic Evolution,” Conference on “150 Years After the ‘Origin of Species’: Biological, Historical, and Philosophical Perspectives,” University of Toronto, November 21-24, 2009.

“Huxley and the Devonshire Commission,” Workshop on “Revisiting Evolutionary Naturalism,” May 6-7, 2011, York University. 

“Before the X-Club: The Queenwood-Marburg Network,” Session on “Victorian Networks,” History of Science Society annual meeting, Cleveland, November 3-6, 2011.

“Science and Religion at the Metaphysical Society: Contesting Knowledge in the 1870’s,” Conference on the Humanities in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, University of Notre Dame, June, 2012.

“Scientific Naturalism at the Metaphysical Society,” John Tyndall and 19th Century Science, Big Sky, Montana, June 20th, 2012.

Commentator for Panel on “Transcribing Tyndall: Scientific Correspondence and Victorian Culture,” Midwest Conference on British Studies, Toronto, October 12, 2012.

“Herbert Spencer and Beatrice Webb: The Apprentice Rebels,” Victorian Studies Network at York, Toronto, October 19, 2012

“Scientists as Materialists in the Periodical Press: Tyndall’s Belfast Address,” Leighlinbridge, Carlow,  October 22nd, 2012.  Also at: Trinity College Dublin, October 24th, 2012 and Queens University Belfast, October 26th, 2012.

“Before the X-Club: The Queenwood-Marburg Network,” Tyndall National Institute, Cork, October 23rd, 2012.

Interview on John Tyndall on the program “Sunday Sequence,” Northern Ireland BBC Radio, Oct. 28, 2012.

“The Theology of Scientific Naturalism,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, University of Victoria, June 3, 2013.

“Spencer’s American Disciples,” International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, July 27, 2013.

Panel on “Correspondence in Modern Science,” History of Science Society annual meeting, Boston, November 22, 2013.

Conferences and Conference Sessions Organized

Organizer of the session “Science and Religion in Victorian England,” Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver, June, 1983.

Co-organizer with Richard Helmstadter of the conference on “Victorian Faith in Crisis,” University of Toronto, November, 1984.

Organizer of the session “The Theological Structure of Victorian Science,” Joint Session of the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society, and the Conference on British Studies, Chicago, December, 1984.

Organizer of the session “Victorian Unbelief and the Irrational,” The Northwest Region Conference on British Studies, University of Idaho, October, 1986.

Organizer of the session “Evolution and Religion Since Darwin,” History of Science Society, Raleigh, October, 1987.

Co-organizer with Marlene Shore, York University, of the conference on “Directions in the Humanities,” York University, April, 1990.

Co-organizer with Mary Winsor, University of Toronto, of the Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology, Glendon College, March, 1993.

Co-organizer with Bernard Zelechow, York University, of the conference on “Science and Religion in Modern Western Thought,” York University, May, 1994.

Organizer of the conference “Contexts of Victorian Science,” York University, May, 1995.

Organizing Committee for conference “Creating the Jewish Future,” York University, October, 1996.

Co-organizer with Theodore Porter, UCLA, of the session “German Romanticism and British Scientific Naturalism,” History of Science Society, San Diego, November, 1997.

Organizer of the session “The History of Christianity Revisited III: Modern Europe,” American Society of Church History, Washington, January, 1999.

Program Committee, Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, June, 2000, Edmonton.

Program Committee, Fourth British-North American Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and History of Science Society, August 3-6, 2000, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Organizer of the session “Heroes and Anti-Heroes: Public Images of the Victorian Man of Science,” History of Science Society, November, 2001, Denver.

Co-organizer with Ann Shteir, York University, of the conference “Figural Vocabularies of Gender in Nineteenth Century Science,” York University, May 17-18, 2002.

Co-organizer with Aileen Fyfe of the conference "Popular Science: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences," York University, Toronto, August 2-3, 2004.

Chair, Organizing Committee of the workshop “Trust in Science,” CBC Conference Center, Toronto, October 15-16, 2007.

Organizer of the session “Critics of Scientific Naturalism,” History of Science Society, November, 2007, Washington.

Organizer of the session “Popularizing Science in Nineteenth Century Europe: Comparative Perspectives,” Three Societies Conference: Connecting Disciplines, July, 2008, University of Oxford.

Organizer of the session “Politics, Pedagogy and Popularization in Victorian Science,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual conference, May 26-28, 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Organizing Committee, “Circulating Knowledge, East and West,” July 21-23, 2010, University of King’s College, Halifax.

Co-Organizer of “Revisiting Evolutionary Naturalism: New Perspectives on Victorian Science and Culture,” May 6-7, 2011, York University.

Organizer of the session “The ‘Evolution’ of Victorian Science,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science annual meeting, University of Victoria, June 3, 2013.

Organizer of the Symposium on “Global Spencerism,” International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, July 27, 2014.

Canadian Representative on the International Programme Committee, International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, July 21-28, 2014.

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