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Alex Koo
Alex Koo (PhD, 2014) was recently hired as an Assistant Professor with the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto

IHPST strives to maintain accurate records of the careers (both academic and non-academic) of our graduates.  If you are an alumnus, please contact Denise Horsley if information recorded for you is out of date.

(TT) = tenure track or equivalent
(T) = tenured or equivalent
(P) = post-doc or fellowship
(V) = visiting assistant professor, lecturer, adjunct or equivalent”
(NAP) = Non-Academic Position

Departmental Job Placement Record

2020 – Present

Name Year Dissertation Title Supervisor Placement
Mercuri, Mathew 2020 Basing Clinical Decisions on GRADE Recommendations: Implications for Practice and Lessons Learned about Evidence B. Baigrie Assistant Professor, McMaster University; Sessional Lecturer, the University of Toronto  (T)

2010 – 2019

Name Year Dissertation Title Supervisor Placement
Overgaard, Nicholas 2019 On the Collective Intentionality of Epistemic Communities B. Baigrie Policy Analyst, Provincial Government (NAP)
Cournoyea, Michael 2018 Medical Explanation in Evolutionary Medicine, Network Medicine, and Medically Unexplained Physical
D. Walsh Contract Lecturer, IHPST, University of Toronto (V)
Dragos, Ioan (Chris) 2018 A New Framework for Social & Collective Epistemology R.P. Thompson Contract Lecturer, Ryerson University (V)
Koester, Elizabeth 2018 The Good Public: Eugenics and Law in Ontario, 1910 to 1938 N. Krementsov Postdoc, Department of History, University of Toronto (P)
Lussier, Kira 2018 Personality, Incorporated: Psychological Capital in American Management, 1960-1995 E. Brown/M. Murphy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Mississauga (P)
Richter, Adam 2018 The Mathematical Minister: John Wallis (1616-1703) at the Intersection of Science, Mathematics, and
Y. Fehige Associate Instructor, Brain Power Enrichment Programs Ltd. (V)
Schranz, Kristen 2018 A New Narrative for ‘Keir’s Metal’: The Chemical and Commercial Transformations of James Keir’s Copper
Alloy, 1770-1820
T.H. Levere Independent Scholar (NAP)
Stemeroff, Noah 2018 Mathematics, Structuralism, and the Promise of Realism: A Study of the Ontological and Epistemological
Implications of Mathematical Representation in the Physical Sciences
J. Berkovitz Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tel Aviv (P)
Lewis, Cory 2017 Medium Strength Modality in Science D. Walsh Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Toronto (V)
Fulda, Fermin 2016 Natural Agency: An Ecological Approach D. Walsh Sessional Lecturer, IHPST, The University of Toronto (V)
Thicke, Michael 2016 Science-Market Analogies: A Philosophical Examination J. Berkovitz Visiting Scholar, Bard College, NY (P)
Greenham, Paul 2015 A Concord of Alchemy with Theology: Isaac Newton’s Hermeneutics of the Symbolic Texts of “Chymistry” and
Biblical Prophecy
Y. Fehige Postdoctoral Fellow, Tel Aviv University (P)
Lusk, Greg 2015 Quantifying Nature: Epistemology for Climate Science M. Morrison Assistant Professor, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Michigan State University (TT)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques 2015 Science as Creole: A Case Against Incommensurability B. Baigrie Postdoctoral fellow, IDEaS Innovation Network, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
York University (P)
Stuart, Mike 2015 Thought Experiments in Science Y. Fehige Ambizione research fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva (P)
Belanger, Christopher (Chris) 2014 On Philosophical Problems in the Foundations of Chaos Theory J. Berkovitz Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service (NAP)
Bolinska, Agnes 2014 Epistemic Representation in Science and Beyond J. Berkovitz Teaching Associate, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science; College Research Associate, Clare
College, University of Cambridge (TT)
Gil-Riano, Sebastian 2014 Historicizing Anti-racism: UNESCO’s Campaigns Against Race Prejudice in the 1950’s M. Vicedo Assistant Professor, Dept. of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania (TT)
Koo, Alexander (Alex) 2014 Mathematical Explanation in Science J. Brown Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Toronto (TT)
Moore, Rebecca 2014 Living Inventions: Genetically Modified Organisms and the Canadian Patent System, 1976-2004 M. Vicedo Manager, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization, University of Guelph (NAP)
Nickerson, Sylvia 2014 Paper Index of the Mind: The Book and Printed Culture of Mathematics in England and Canada, 1830-1930 C.G. Fraser Contract Lecturer, IHPST, University of Toronto (V)
Virdi, Jaipreet 2014 From the Hands of Quacks: Aural Surgery, Deafness, and the Making of a Surgical Specialty in 19th
Century London
L. Dacome Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Delaware (TT)
Weidenhammer, Erich 2014 Air, Disease, and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Sir John Pringle, 1707-1782 L. Dacome/T.H. Levere Curator, University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection (NAP)
Wright, Aaron 2014 More than Nothing: Histories of the Vacuum in Theoretical Physics, 1927-1981 C.P. Yeang Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Dalhousie University (TT)
Christopoulos, John 2013 Abortion in Late-Renaissance Italy L. Dacome Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, University of British Columbia (TT)
Hoffman, Michelle 2013 Constructing School Science: Physics, Biology and Chemistry Education in Ontario High Schools, 1880-1940 C.P. Yeang/Y. Gingras Assistant Director, Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, NY (NAP)
Stoklosa, Anna 2013 The Concept of Evidence in Health Technology Assessments D. Castle Research Fellow, The University of Sydney, Australia (P)
Varma, Charissa 2013 Beyond Set Theory: The Relationship between Logic and Taxonomy from the Early 1930 to 1960 M.P. Winsor Darwin Correspondent Project, University of Cambridge (P)
Barseghyan, Hakob 2012 A Theory of Scientific Change B. Baigrie Assistant Professor, IHPST, University of Toronto (V)
Earnshaw-Whyte, Eugene 2012 Modeling Evolution D. Walsh Assistant Professor, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (TT)
Gee, Teri 2012 Strategies of Defending Astrology: A Continuing Tradition A. Jones Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Physics, Brigham Young University (V)
Hamilton, Vivien 2012 Establishing Authority: The Role of Physics in the Development of Radiology in Canada, Britain, and the
United States, 1896-1928
C.P. Yeang Associate Professor, History of Science, Harvey Mudd College, CA (T)
Kriger, Sarah 2012 Fighting Ghosts, Playing Whist, and Fencing with Fire: Three Technologies of Illusion in Performance in
Nineteenth-century London
J. Langins Lecturer, School of Professional Communication, Ryerson University (V)
Record, Isaac 2012 Knowing Instruments: Design, Reliability, and Scientific Practice A. Chakravartty Academic Specialist, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Michigan State University (V)
Smith (Abounader-Sofinowski), Brooke 2012 Model Selection and Experiment Design: Case Studies and How They Relate B. Baigrie/J. Brown Operations Research Analyst, US Army Aberdeen Test Center (NAP)
Turner, Jonathan 2012 The Defence Research Board of Canada, 1947 to 1977 J. Langins Career Educator, University of Toronto (NAP)
Gavrus, Delia 2011 Men of Strong Opinions: Identity, Self-representation and the Performance of Neurosurgery, 1919-1950 L. Dacome/P.M.H. Mazumdar Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Research Chair, The University of Winnipeg (T)
Hamm, Elizabeth 2011 Ptolemy’s Planetary Theory: An English Translation of Book One, Part A of the Planetary Hypotheses with
Introduction and Commentary
A. Jones Associate Professor, Integral Liberal Arts, Saint Mary’s College of California (T)
Liu, Patricia 2011 Creating Controversy: Science Writers, Corporate Funders, and Non-expert Scientists in the Debate over
Prions (1982-1997)
P.M.H. Mazumdar Medical Writer and Editor for Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) (NAP)
Miller, Boaz 2011 A Social Theory of Knowledge A. Chakravartty Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Community Informatics, Zefat Academic College (T)
Ramsingh, Brigit 2011 The History of International Food Safety Standards and the Codex Alimentarius, 1955-1995 L. Dacome/P.M.H. Mazumdar Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire (T)
Olley, Allan 2010 Just A Beginning: Computers And Celestial Mechanics In The Work Of Wallace J. Eckert C.G. Fraser Research Fellow, Cooper Museum of Computer Science, York University (P)

2000 – 2009

Name Year Dissertation Title Supervisor Placement
Boantza, Victor 2009 Styles of Experimental Reasoning in Early Modern Chemistry T.H. Levere Associate Professor, History of Science, Technology and Technology,  University of Minnesota
Feke, Jacqueline (Jackie) 2009 Ptolemy in Philosophical Context: A Study of the Relationships Between Physics, Mathematics, and
A. Jones Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, University of Waterloo
Martin-Nielsen, Janet 2009 Private Knowledge, Public Tensions: Theory commitment in postwar American linguistics B. Gillon Postdoctoral Fellow, Aarhus University
Tomory, Leslie 2009 Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry, 1780-1820 J. Langins Research Affiliate, McGill University
Brysse, Keynyn 2008 The Burgess Shale: A Cambrian Mirror for Modern Evolutionary Biology D. Walsh Freelance/contract copy editor/proofreader, Taylor & Francis
Durant, Darrin 2008 Burying Nuclear Waste, Exposing Nuclear Authority: Canada’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Concept and
Expert-Lay Discourse
M.P. Winsor Lecturer, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Harris, Martha 2008 The physico-chemical nature of the chemical bond: valence bonding and the path of physico-chemical
T.H. Levere Manager, Governance & Curriculum Services, FAS, University of Toronto
Scharf, Sara 2007 Identification keys and the natural method: the development of text-based information management tools
in botany in the long 18th century
M.P. Winsor Academic Editor
Burns, John (Conor) 2006 Networking Ohio Valley Archaeology in the 19th Century M.P. Winsor Contract Lecturer, Ryerson University
Campbell, Scott 2006 The Premise of Computer Science: Establishing Modern Computing of the University of Toronto, 1945-1964 J. Langins Lecturer and Director of the Center for Society, Technology and Values, University of Waterloo
Cronin, Marionne 2006 Flying the Northern Frontier: The Mackenzie River District and the Emergence of the Canadian Bush Plane,
J. Langins Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
Everson, Theodore (Ted) 2006 Genetics and Health in Context: Genome Research Funding and the Construction of Genetic Disease R.P. Thompson Director, Global Medical Communications, Oncology @ Pfizer
Wiedemer, Jenene 2006 Anesthesia and Entertainment: Nitrous Oxide in Nineteenth Century America B. Baigrie / P.M.H. Mazumdar Independent Scholar
Worthen, Shana 2006 The Memory of Medieval Inventions, 1200-1600: Windmills, Spectacles, Mechanical Clocks, and Sandglasses B.S. Hall Instructor, Dept. of History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Lucas, Matthew 2005 Bridging A Cultural Divide: Strengthening Similarities and Managing Differences in University-Industry
P.M.H. Mazumdar Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada
Monaldi, Daniela 2005 The Fate of the Mesotron. The Rome Experiment on the Nuclear Absorption of Hard Cosmic Rays C.G. Fraser Course Director, Division of Natural Science,  York University
Pavri, Vera 2005 Technological Doublespeak”: Metaphors, Public Policy and the Development of Canada’s First Domestic
Communications Satellite System, 1966-1970
J. Langins Associate Professor, Department of Science & Technology Studies (York University)
Elwick, Jamie 2004 Compound Individuality in Victorian Biology, 1830-1872 M.P. Winsor Associate Professor, Dept., of Science & Technology Studies, York University
Foster, Adam (Jay) 2004 The Human Mind and the Perception of Nature: Ideas, Judgement and Signs in Thomas Reid and Early Modern
T.H. Levere/M. Schabas Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Memorial University
Keelan, Jennifer 2004 The Canadian Anti-Vaccination Leagues, 1872-1892 P.M.H. Mazumdar Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health – Graduate Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton
Sidoli, Nathan 2004 Ptolemy’s Mathematical Approach: Applied Mathematics in the Second Century A. Jones Associate Professor, School for International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
Lazenby, Jill 2003 Climates of Collaboration: Interdisciplinery Science and Social Identity B. Baigrie Associate Professor, Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, York University
Slater, Ian 2003 Scale and Safety in the Canadian Nuclear Industry J. Langins Teaching Associate, York University, Division of Natural Science
Wright, Katharine 2003 Being Human in Postwar American Thought and Culture: A History from the Cybernetic Perspective B. Baigrie/ S. Hong Policy Analyst at Industry Canada
Pantalony, David 2002 Rudolph Koenig,1832-1901, Hermann Von Helmholtz (1821-1894) and the Birth of Modern Acoustics T.H. Levere Curator, Physical Sciences and Medicine, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Adjunct Professor of
History, University of Ottawa
Abraham, Tara 2000 Microscopic Cybernetics: Mathematical Logic, Automata Theory, and the Formalization of Biological
R.P. Thompson Associate Professor, Dept. of History, University of Guelph
Hilbert, Fr. Martin 2000 Pierre Duhem and Neo-Thomist Interpretations of Physical Science S. Hong/T.H. Levere Head of The Oratory of St Philip Neri
Kroker, Kenton 2000 From Reflex to Rhythm: Sleep, Dreaming, and the Discovery of Rapid Eye Movement, 1870-1960 P.M.H. Mazumdar Chair, Associate Prof., Dept. of Science & Technology Studies, York University