PhD History of Science, Princeton University
Current Position: Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History, Duke University
Evan Hepler-Smith is a historian of science who studies the management of data and information in the chemical sciences and chemical regulation.
Evan earned an AB in literature from Harvard College in 2006 and an MA in history from Princeton University in 2012; he earned a PhD in history of science from Princeton in 2016. At Princeton, his research focused on the historical development of the technological, institutional, and political infrastructures of chemical information, including how the structure of chemical databases has shaped the enforcement of environmental regulations. His graduate work has been recognized with fellowships and prizes from Princeton, the History of Science Society, and other organizations.
As an Environmental Fellow, Evan worked with David Jones from the Department of the History of Science and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Medical School. He pursued research at the intersection of toxicology, environmental regulation, and information technology, exploring the taken-for-granted systems that mediate access to information about environmental risks and threats. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, Evan aimed to illuminate the crucial role of things like metadata standards and nomenclature schemes in efforts to control the effects of chemicals on human bodies and the environment.
David Jones, History of Science; Global Health and Social Medicine