Evelynn M. Hammonds

Harvard University
Humanities and Arts

Professor Evelynn M. Hammonds is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2002 after teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology and Medicine. Her scholarly interests include the history of scientific, medical, and sociopolitical concepts of race, the history of disease and public health, gender in science and medicine, and African-American history. She is the author of “Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930” and many scholarly articles.

Professor Hammonds serves on a number of boards including the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from her alma mater, Spelman College where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. In February 2008, she was named a fellow of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS). She serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), the congressionally mandated advising committee to the National Science Foundation..

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