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Emily Redman

Assistant Professor of History



eredman@history.umass.edu

(413) 545-6797

Herter Hall 621

B.A. in physics, Drew University (2004); M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (2008, 2013).

Professor Emily Redman specializes in the history of science, focusing on the 20th century United States. Her doctoral work, completed at the University of California at Berkeley and titled “The National Science Foundation and a Comparative Study of Precollege Mathematics and Science Education Reform in the United States, 1950-2000,” examines how the federal government has been historically involved in reforming K-12 mathematics curricula. She is currently expanding this project for future publication. While at Berkeley, Redman worked for five years with the Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library, conducting oral history interviews with prominent scientists and helping lead the Oral History Summer Institute. Redman also spent time as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and as an instructor at California State University. She has received both conference paper awards and teaching awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the University of California. When not musing about mathematics, her interests range from food science and policy to early Cold War culture to the politics of biology textbooks. Redman’s anticipated projects will explore the cultural history of the New Math and the ways in which educational programming brought mathematics instruction to television. 

Professor Redman is an affiliated faculty member in the Public History and American Studies programs at UMass Amherst.

Research Areas

20th century United States history
History of science
History of math and science education

Publications

Review of Christopher Hollings’ Mathematics Across the Iron Curtain: A History of the Algebraic Theory of Semigroups.Isis, December 2014: pp. 980-981. 

“To Save His Dying Sister-In-Law, Charles Lindbergh Invented a Medical Device,” Smithsonian Magazine, September 9, 2015.

Born in the U.S.A? Reconsidering the Origins and Legacy of the Assembly Line. Review of David E. Nye’s American Assembly Line. Society for U.S. Intellectual History, September 7, 2014. 

Fiat Lux, or Who Invited Thomas Edison to the Tea Party: Shedding historical light on a controversy dividing America,”Common-Place 12:2, January 2012. 

Hamilton, Emily T.  Review of The Adaptive Optics Revolution: A History, by Robert W. Duffner, Enterprise and Society 11(4): 855-857, 2010.

Courses Recently Taught

Science, Technology, and War in 20th Century U.S. and Europe
Food, Water, Shelter
History of Western Science and Technology II
History of Medicine
Ideas that Changed History