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American Institute of Physics
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history of physics, gender, history of science, history of education, science education, women in science
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About Me

I am the Assistant Public Historian at the American Institute of Physics in charge of outreach and education initiatives. Under my purview are teaching guidesweb exhibits, and the public lecture series.

In my own research I study the intersection of physics, gender, and science education. My book manuscript, entitled The Other Physicists, looks at the intersection of these fields through a history of American women in physics learning and working at women’s colleges from 1870 to 1940. Other research projects have included the history of the term “cookbook laboratory” in science education, the history of physics in home economics, and following the lives of individual pre-WWII women in physics.

Recent Publications

Joanna Behrman. “The Personal is Professional: Margaret Maltby’s Life in Physics.” In Biographies in the History of Physics: Actors, Objects, and Organizations. Christian Forstner, Dieter Hoffmann, and Mark Walker eds. Heidelberg: Springer, 2020. <>.

J. F. Behrman. “Manuals, Handbooks, and Recipes,” in Between Making and Knowing: Tools in Materials Research. Cyrus Mody and Joseph Martin, eds. Encyclopedia of the Development and History of Materials Science. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2020. <>.

Joanna Behrman. “Domesticating Physics.” Physics Today 71, no. 5 (May 2018). Featured cover article. <>.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Science, Women