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Emily Hamilton

Assistant Professor of History

Emily Redman Black and White headshot

(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 Hamilton specializes in the history of science, focusing on the 20th century United States. Her book manuscript, The Math Mafia: How a Persistent Group of Reformers Standardized American Education is currently under review. While a graduate student at UC Berkeley, Hamilton worked for five years with the Regional Oral History Office (Now the Oral History Center) at the Bancroft Library, conducting oral history interviews with prominent scientists and helping lead the Oral History Summer Institute. Here at UMass, Hamilton helps lead workshops in oral history for the larger community of scholars and practitioners in New England. Prior to arriving at UMass, Hamilton 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. Hamilton’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 Hamilton 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


Contributed annotation in Guston, David H., Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert (eds.) Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. (Online) 

Redman, Emily T.H. “I Love the Flu.” Fugitive Leaves: A blog from the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, online, February 1, 2017.

Review of Robert M. Dienesch’s Eyeing the Red Storm: Eisenhower and the First Attempt to Build a Spy Satellite. Pacific Historical Review, forthcoming.

Review of David Kaiser and Patrick McCray’s Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation & American Counterculture and Christopher J. Phillips’s The New Math: A Political History. Reviews in American History Dec 2017 45(4), 665-671.

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