Associate Professor of American Studies
Jamie Cohen-Cole's research and teaching examines how science shapes and has been molded in modern life; the history of education; and the cultural history of research universities. He focuses on how the work of scientists, social critics, educators and policy makers interact; the processes through which the sciences define normal human nature, the history of computing, and the values that shape intellectual culture. His first book chronicles the development and promulgation of a scientific vision of the rational, creative, open-minded self. This open-minded, rational self became a defining feature of centrist pluralism in the cold war era. It served as an ideal citizen of modern America, as an exemplary intellectual and, with the emergence of cognitive science, as a model of human nature.