Emily Kern

Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Kern is a historian of modern global science who specializes in the history of human evolution and paleoanthropology. She is currently at work on a book about the long history of the African origins hypothesis and the search for the cradle of humankind. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge about the human species and the production of global political power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2012) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 2018, M.A. 2014).

Book Chapters
Kern E, 2021, 'Bodies, Cultures, Tongues: Race between Philology and Biology in the Nineteenth Century', in Mogilner M (ed.), A Cultural History of Race in the Age of Revolution, Empire, and Nation State (1760-1920), Bloomsbury Academic, London
Kern E, 2021, 'Indirect Descent: Darwin in Twentieth Century Paleoanthropology', in Hesketh I (ed.), Imagining the Darwinian Revolution, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA
Journal articles
Kern EM, 2020, 'Archaeology enters the 'atomic age': A short history of radiocarbon, 1946-1960', British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 53, pp. 207 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007087420000011

2020 Ronald Rainger Early Career Award in the History of the Earth and Environmental Sciences, History of Science Society. 

2019 DHST Dissertation Prize, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Division of History of Science and Technology).

2017-2018 Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University. 

2017-2018 Dean's Completion Fellowship/Postgraduate Research Associate Fellowship, Princeton University. 

2016-2017 Laurence S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.