PHOTO: Erika Lorraine Milam

PHOTO: Erika Lorraine Milam




Michael Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University, where he specializes in the history of modern science. In 2013-4 he served as the inaugural director of the Fung Global Fellows Program. He came to Princeton in 2003 after earning his A.B. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from Harvard University, and serving a term at the Harvard Society of Fellows. In 2011 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and was named a Guggenheim Fellow. He has published on the history of science, Russian history, and the history of nuclear weapons. (See this brief profile.) In 2019-2020 he will be on sabbatical as a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington, DC.

Current Research

In the Spring of 2020, Princeton University Press will publish Professor Gordin’s latest book, Einstein in Bohemia, which explores the significance of Prague, often overlooked as a marginal and out-of-the-way city, in the history of science through the lens of Albert Einstein’s connections with the city. He is currently working on two book projects. The first is Pseudoscience: A Very Short Introduction, a survey of this controversial topic, under contract with Oxford University Press. The second is a history of what happened to global science after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This latter history traces the role of science in perestroika, glasnost, and Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, as well as following the paths of Soviet scientists in the Russian Federation, the former Communist bloc, and the West (especially the United States, Germany, and Israel) in the ensuing decades.


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Contact information

post: History Department, 136 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1017

phone: 609-258-8095 / fax: 609-258-5326 

email: / departmental website

twitter: @GordinMichael