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First Name
Jessica
Last Name
Linker
Affiliation
Bryn Mawr College
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Keywords
Early America, Early Modern Europe, Nineteenth-Century America, Book History, History of Science, Women, Gender, Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, Women in Science, 3D Technology, Pedagogy
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About Me

I am working on several projects right now. My book project is on gendered forms of scientific practice in  America, primarily in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am particularly invested in reconstructing the sophisticated nature of women’s scientific labor. The project started as a quest to think through the historical origins of the modern gender gap in the sciences, and as such I am attuned to the various cultural and social forces that have obscured these women labor from the historical record.

I am also working on an article explaining the relationship between printing and anti-counterfeiting methods on colonial American currency, thanks to some printing blocks I encountered a few years back.

Right now I direct the History of Women in Science Project (HoWiS) at Bryn Mawr College, of which a pilot site is due shortly. The HoWiS Project reconstructs the historical spaces where women practiced science using 3D technology. If you can imagine a house museum and a scholarly wiki having a child, and that child being really interested in the history of women in science, it would be what we’re making. I taught myself how to 3D model and use Unity 3D (among other things) such that I could train two cohorts of truly exceptional students to help me build this thing. Kudos to Bryn Mawr for thinking I could pull this one off.

I have my finger in a whole bunch of pies (ask me if you dare!), ranging from conference planning, grant writing, researching 3D/XR, etc. I am really into teaching via critical making these days.

Recent Publications

Technology,” Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania Press special keyword issue (peer-reviewed, forthcoming Fall 2018)

“Historical Thinking for Digital Projects: Teaching Research Skills with the Mary Whitall Worthington Diaries,” College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education <https://www.collegewomen.org/node/17209> (2018)

Review of Kimberly Tolley’s Heading South to Teach, North Carolina Historical Review, Vol XCIV, No. 1,  Jan 2017, pp 101-2.

New Context for Teaching Science to African American Girls in Philadelphia, Beyond the Reading Room: Library Company Blog <http://librarycompany.blogspot.com/
2016/05/new-context-for-teaching-science-to.html
> (2016)

“Astronomy,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,                   <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/astronomy/>                 (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Chemistry,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,                  <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/chemistry/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print.)

Dentistry and Dentists,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,  <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/dentistry-and-dentists/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Entomology (The Study of Insects),” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,              <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/entomology-study-of-insects/ > (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Franklin Institute,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,  <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/franklin-institute/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

Herpetology (The Study of Reptiles and Amphibians),” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/herpetology/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Meteorology,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,

<http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/meteorology-study-of-the-atmosphere/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Ornithology (The Study of Birds),” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/ornithology/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“Scientific Societies,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,     <http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/scientific-societies/> (e-version, 2016. Peer-reviewed, forthcoming in print)

“The Pride of Science: Women and the Politics of Inclusion in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania,” Science and Technology in the Keystone State cluster in Pennsylvania Legacies. Vol 15, no. 1 (2015), pp 6-11.

Ghosts Everywhere, and of Every Color”: Spectral Visions at the Library Company, Beyond the Reading Room: Library Company Blog <http://librarycompany.blogspot.com/2014/10/ghosts-
everywhere-and-of-every-color.html
> (2014)

Reading Sarah McGrath’s May 1834 Herbarium: Botanical Study at Science Hill Female Academy, The Field Book Project Blog, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History <http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/2012/03/reading-sarah-mcgraths-may-1834-herbarium-botanical-study-at-science-hill-female-academy.html > (2012)

Souvenir of a “Splendid Exhibition”: Cupid as Drawn by Maelzel’s Automaton, the Juvenile Artist, Massachusetts Historical Society’s Object of the Month, <http://masshist.org/objects/2012january.php> (2012)

With Cornelia H. Dayton, Taking the Trade website, http://www.takingthetrade.org.

 

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
England, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, Book History, Gender, Pedagogy, Science, Women