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Dan Bouk

Dan Bouk

Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of University Studies and Chair, Core 152
History, 314 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6166


Michigan State University, BS (2002); Princeton University, MA (2006), PhD (2009)


U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History
History of Knowledge and Knowing (Science, Medicine, and Environment)
History of Capitalism


  • D. Bouk, "The History and Political Economy of Personal Data over the Last Two Centuries in Three Acts," Osiris (forthcoming, 2017) -- e-mail me if you would like to see an advance copy
  • D. Bouk, "Tocqueville's Ghost," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42, no. 4 (2012): 329-339.
  • D. Bouk, "The Science of Difference: Designing Tools for Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry, 1830-1930" Enterprise and Society 12, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 717-731.
  • D. Bouk and D.G. Burnett, "Knowledge of Leviathan: Charles W. Morgan Anatomizes His Whale," Journal of the Early Republic 27(Fall 2008): 433-466.
  • D. Bouk, "Drought and Famine: What the Past Teaches Us to Fear Most about Global Climate Change,"(a review) The American Scholar (Spring 2008): 133-136.

Professional Experience

Camp Counselor, History of Capitalism Summer Camp at Cornell University, 2016 (& I was a camper in 2015!)
Member of the Historicizing Big Data working group and the Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge working group at Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Dept. II

Editor, Forum for the History of Science in America, 2009-2014
I wrote formerly for the Forum's blog at americanscience.blogspot.com.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) 2012-2013
  • Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year, Colgate University, 2010-2011
  • Krooss Prize, Business History Conference, 2011
  • Best Dissertation Prize, Forum for the History of Human Sciences, 2010
  • Robert Hoffman Scholar, Princeton University, 2008
  • Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University, 2008
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, 2004