Londa Schiebinger

The John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science

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Books and Edited Volumes



2017 Secret Cures of slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Stanford University Press).


2014 Women and Gender in Science and Technology 4 volumes. Edited by Londa Schiebinger.


2013 Gendered Innovations: How Gender Analysis Contributes to Research (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union). Edited by Londa Schiebinger and Ineke Klinge.


2011 Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering and Environment. Edited by Londa Schiebinger.


2008 Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (Stanford University Press). Edited by Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger.


2008 Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press). Edited by Londa Schiebinger.


2008 Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know with Andrea Davies Henderson and Shannon K. Gilmartin (Stanford: Clayman Institute for Gender Research, 2008).



2008 Climbing the Technical Ladder: Obstacles and Solutions for Mid-Level Women in Technology with Caroline Simard, Andrea Davies Henderson, Shannon K. Gilmartin, and Telle Whitney (Palo Alto and Stanford: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in collaboration with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, 2008).


2004 Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard University Press). Foreign Translation: Japanese (Kosakusha Publishing Co., in progress). Winner of the Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association, 2005, and the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2005.


2004 Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics, edited by Londa Schiebinger and Claudia Swan (University of Pennsylvania Press).



2004 Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press)--new edition.


2001 Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine, edited by Angela Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck, and Londa Schiebinger (University of Chicago Press).



2001 Oxford Companion to the Body, edited by Colin Blakemore and Sheila Jennett; Section editors Alan Cuthbert, the late Roy Porter, Tom Sears, Londa Schiebinger, and Tilli Tansey (Oxford University Press).


2000 Feminism and the Body, edited by Londa Schiebinger; a collection of essays by Janet Browne, Sander Gilman, Lynn Hunt, Thomas Laqueur, Marina Warner, and others (Oxford University Press).


1999 Has Feminism Changed Science? Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Foreign Translations: Japanese (Kosakusha Publishing Co., 2002); German (München: Beck Verlag, 2000); Portuguese (Editora da Universidade do Sagrado Coração, 2001); Korean (Dulnyouk Publishing Co., 2002).



1993 Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Boston: Beacon Press). Foreign Translations: Japanese (Tokyo: Kosakusha Publishing Co., 1996); German (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta Verlag, 1995); and Hungarian (in preparation). Winner of the Ludwik Fleck Book Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science, 1995.


1989 The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Cambridge: Harvard University Press). Foreign Translations: Japanese (Tokyo: Kosakusha Publishing Co., 1992); German (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta Verlag, 1993); Chinese (Taipei: Yuan-Liou Publishing); Portuguese (Lisbon: Pandora Ediçioes, 2001); and Greek (Athens: Katoptro, 2003).

"Housework is an Academic Issue," with Shannon Gilmartin, Academe (Jan/Feb. 2010): 39- 44.

Editor, Forum, Isis, Journal of the History of Science Society, 96 (2005):52-87 on "Colonial Science" with articles on Britain by Mark Harrison, Iberia by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, the Jesuits by Steven J. Harris, and France by Michael A. Osborne.

Editor, article cluster for Signs, Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28 (2003):859-922 on "Feminism Inside the Sciences" with articles on physics (by Amy Bug), archaeology (by Margaret W. Conkey), and evolutionary biology (by Patricia Adair Gowaty).

Editor, special section, Science in Context, 15 (2002):473-576 on "European Women in Science" with articles on France by Claudine Hermann and Françoise Cyrot-Lackmann, on Germany by Ilse Costas, and the Netherlands by Mineke Bosch.


Prizes and Awards

Honorary Doctorate, University of Valencia, Spain, 2018.
Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Science, Lund University, Sweden, 2017.
Impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies Pioneer Award, 2016.
Linda Pollin Women's Heart Health Leadership Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2015.
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014.
Donorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2013.
Interdisciplinary Leadership Award, Women's Health, Stanford Medical School,(2010).
Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association, 2005,
Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004).
Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2005,
Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004).
J. Worth Estes Prize for the History of Pharmacology, American Association for the History of Medicine, 2005, for "Feminist History of Colonial Science," Hypatia (2004).
Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, Berlin, 1999-2000 (first woman historian to win this senior prize).
Faculty Scholar's Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities,
Pennsylvania State University, 2000.
National Science Foundation, Grant for Graduate Training and Research, 2001-2004.
National Science Foundation Scholars Award, 2002-2004.
Senior Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 1999-2000.
National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine Fellowship, Spring 1998.
Claire Booth Luce Foundation, Scholarships Grant, for Women in the Sciences and
Engineering Institute, PSU, 1996-98.
National Science Foundation Scholars Award, 1991-1993, 1996.
Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Nebraska, 1996.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1995.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Officer's Grant, for the WISE Institute, PSU, 1995.
Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award, PSU, 1994.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1991-92.
Award for Enhancement of Undergraduate Instruction, PSU, 1991.
American Council of Learned Societies, Summer 1989.
Rockefeller Foundation Humanist-in-Residence, Rutgers U., 1988-89.
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 1986-87.
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1985-1986.
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Grant, Summer 1985.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation,
1983-84.
Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship, Paris, Summer 1982.
Fulbright-Hayes Graduate Scholar in Germany, 1980-81.
History of Women in Science Prize, History of Science Society, 1994, for "Why Mammals are Called Mammals," American Historical Review (1993).
Roy C. Buck Essay Prize, PSU, 1990, for "The Anatomy of Difference: Race and Gender in
Eighteenth-Century Science," 18th-Century Studies.

Recent Media

Does gender diversity lead to better science?, Podcast with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, August 2018.
Skeleton Wars, the history of women in science, Duke University, Scene on Radio, August 2018.
The Secret Cures of Slaves, interview with Lance Thurner, New Books Network, June 2018.
Until academic careers so us part, by Mennakshi Prabhune, Science Careers, June 2018.
Why gender equality in the workplace is not enough by Amy Blankson, Forbes, April 2018.
Stop funding research that ignores sex and gender, says expert by Rachael Pells, Time Higher Education, April 2018.
Il faut encore plus de progrès! La Recherche, March 2018.
Londa Schiebinger: "Investigar correctamente puede salvar vidas y ahorrar diner" by Maria Josep Serra, El Pais, March, 2018.
Why we need to put women on research teams, World Economic Forum, November 2017.
Why gendered medicine can be good medicine by Rena Xu, The New Yorker, November 6, 2017.
Study shows women researchers pay more attention to sex and gender in studies by Vicky Stein, Scope, November 2017.
Here's how including female scientists may improve medical research, by Meera Jagannathan, Moneyish, November 7, 2017.
Female Researchers Pay More Attention to Sex, Gender in Medical Research, Laboratory, November 8, 2017.
Female researchers pay more attention to sex and gender in medical research, Stanford Interview, Londa Schiebinger, "On ne peut faire de la bonne science sans tenir compte du sexe et du genre," Campus (190), Geneva, October 2017.
Interview, Londa Schiebinger, "Factoring Gender into Innovation for Better Outcomes", WIPO Magazine, Geneva, August 2017.
Interview, "Londa Schiebinger: Profesora de Historia de la Ciencia de la Universidad de Stanford y directora de Gendered Innovations," Mètode - Revista de difusió de la investigació de la Universitat de Universidad València (Autumn 2016): 86-92.
Article, Feature, New Perspectives, "Gendered Innovations: Harnessing the Creative Power of Gender Analysis" (Summer 2016): 28-31.
Article, "Time to Recognize the Influence of Gender on Research Outcomes," EuroScientist, September, 2015.
Article, "Harnessing the Power of Gender Analysis," University World News, September, 2015.
Report, "Improve Gender-Based Analysis in EU Research – LERU," University World News, September, 2015.
Interview, National Public Radio, "Women, There's a Reason Why You're Shivering in the Office," August 4, 2015.
Interview, "Sex, Drugs, and Clinical Trials", The Saturday Paper Australia, March 2015.
Article, "The Importance of Gendered Innovations, DiscovHer: Showcasing Women Making Science Happen, August 2015.
Moderator, American Association of University Women's launch of Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing, Samsung Mountain View Campus, March 2015. http://www.aauw.org/event/2015/03/stream-the-solving-the-equation-launch-live
Short videos, Ignite, Women Fueling Science & Technology, November 2014. http://ignite.globalfundforwomen.org/gallery/fixing-knowledge
Interview, Women's News, November 2014.
Report on Speech, National Assembly TV, Seoul, Korea, November 2014.
Article, "Adding Sex-and-Gender Dimensions to Your Research," by Tania Rabesandratana Science Careers (13 March 2014).
Interview, Philosophy Talk, Marsh Theater, Berkeley, February 2014.
Interview, Chosun Daily Newspaper, South Korea, 1 January 2014.
Interview, "UiT skal bli enda bedre på likestilling," Norway, November 2012.
Interview with Véronique Goossens, KanaalZ, Belgian Television, May 2012.
Public talk, "Gendered Innovations," TEDx CERN, May 2012.
Interview, "Kjønnsløs og kostbar forskning," Kilden: Informasjonssenter for kjonnsfoskning, (November 2012):
Featured interviews: El País, 25 March 2011; Público, 28 March 2011, Madrid, Spain.
Interview, Redes: Caras de la Ciencia, Londa Schiebinger (2011): 56-59.
"Women in Science and Medicine," letter to the editor, The Lancet 377 (5 March 2011): 811.
"Housework is an Academic Issue," Academe (Jan/Feb. 2010): 39-44, profiled on ABC News.
Featured in documentary, "Out of the Chrysalis: A Portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian," by Flare Films (2008).
"Women in Science: Take a Closer Look," Dallas Morning News, March 16, 2005, Op-ed page.
"Termas de Debate," La Vanguardia, editorial (20 June 2004): 27.
Numerous radio and newspaper interviews: US, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil.

Films

Historical consultant for "Out of the Chrysalis: A Portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian" by Flare Films. West-coast US premiere at Stanford University 2007.

Research co-director for television documentary film: "Too Long a Sacrifice," on life and politics in rural Northern Ireland, for Central Television and the British Film Institute, aired on Britain's Channel 4, November 1984; also at the London Film Institute and on PBS (channel 13, New York) March 1986.

Current courses

Gender in Science, Medicine, and Engineering (History 144/344)
Innovations surrounding women and gender have rocked science and technology in the past three decades. This course examines at the history of men and women's participation in science from the eighteenth-century to the present. We look in particular at how gender analysis has sparked creativity in human knowledge. Examples of success come from medicine, biology, engineering, and archaeology. Questions remain concerning whether gender analysis has anything to offer physics, mathematics, computer science, or chemistry-issues we will also address. The question is how can an understanding of how gender operates in science, medicine, and engineering to open new questions and fields for future research. This course also examines gender in academic culture, exploring the many unexamined biases that impede women moving to the top in their fields. We analyze the many efforts underway nationally and internationally to transform science, medicine, and engineering into fields where women, too, can flourish.

Science, Medicine, and Empire
England, France, Spain, and Holland all secured vast colonial holdings by way of new markets in coffee, tea, sugar cane, pepper, nutmeg, cotton, ipecacuanha, and other profitable plants. Colonial sciences and medicines were important militarily and strategically for positioning emerging nation states in global struggles for land and resources. This seminar will focus on the global exchange of knowledge, technologies, plants, peoples, disease, and medicines. Key questions include: Whose knowledge is embedded in the use of these plants - Amerindians, African slaves in the Americas, European voyagers? How did disease travel and influence European colonization of tropical lands? What is the political economy of nature? How did racism arise and what is its relationship to colonialism? We will consider primarily French, British, and Dutch interests in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World, but take examples from India, North and South America, and elsewhere as needed. We read key primary and secondary texts on voyaging, colonialism, science, slavery, and environmental exchange.

The Body in Science, Medicine and Culture
The human body as a natural and cultural object, historicized. This course investigates the cultural history of the body from the eighteenth century to the present from many points of view. First we see how medicine and science have sex and raced bodies. Next we look at "body politics," focusing on elaborate rituals surrounding monarchs' bodies in absolute states and the shift to notions that "biology is destiny" in modern democratic societies. The course also delves into the embodiment of cultural ideals, such as 'Liberty' and 'Justice,' and asks how bodies function symbolically in culture. Finally, we study aspects of bodily practices associated with masculinities and femininities across several cultures.

Editorial Boards Memberships

  • Journal of Women's Health and Gynecology (Editorial Board, 2013-)
  • Gender Research (Editorial Board, 2010-).
  • Medicine Studies: An International Journal for History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Medicine & Allied Sciences (Advisory Board, 2008-2002).
  • Isis, Journal of the History of Science Society (Advisory Board 2004-2009).

  • Science (Board of Advisors, Book Reviews 2001-2007).
  • Science Studies, Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies (2005-).
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies (Board of Editors 1995-7; Advisory Board 1993-1995).
  • Signs, Journal of Women in Culture and Society (1994-).
  • Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (1994-).
  • Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology (1994-).
  • Gender and History (2000-).
  • Gender and History (2000-2004).
  • Journal for the Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (1994-).

Other Professional Activities

Ambassador, Nature Research Awards, 2018-2021.

Expert, Review Panel of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Gender and Health, 2018.

Chair, Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung, Evaluation Committee for Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research, 2017-.

Expert Advisory Board, EU GenderNet Plus, 2017-2022.

Expert Advisory Board Member, Canadian Institute of Gender and Health, 2017-.

Advisory Board Member, 8th Congress of the International Society for Gender Medicine, Sendai, Japan, 2016-2017.

Member of the Advisory Committee, UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America, 2016-.

Advisory Board Member, Academy of Finland project on Local/Knowledge and Natural History in Precolonial Atlantic Africa, in planning, 2016-.

Advisory Board Member, EU Managing Sustainability, University of Vienna, 2016-.

Senior Advisor, EU Project Systemic Action for Gender, Trinity College, Dublin, 2016-.

External Project Advisory Committee, Gender-Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation, Cornell University and Makerere University 2015-.

Advisory Board, GERI, European Commission Project, 2015-.

Scientific Committee, CosmoCaixa Museum of Science, Barcelona, Spain, 2015-2017.

Board Member, Women's Health Strategic Planning, Stanford Medical School, 2010-.

Consultant, United Nations, Expert Group Meeting on Gender, Science, and Technology, Paris, 2010.

Advisor, European Union project on Gendermedicine (EUGIM), 2009-.

Advisory Board, Gender in Science, Engineering and Technology, Portia Ltd, London, 2009-.

Women's Health Multidisciplinary Leadership Committee, Stanford University, 2009-.

Board of Trustees, RWTH Aachen, 2007-2009.

Advisory Board, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2007-.

Scientific Steering Committee, CIREM, Barcelona, and Universite Libre de Bruxelles, EU grant, "Meta-Analysis of Gender and Science Research," 2007-.

Advisory Board, Gender, Economy, and Long-Term Historical Change Project, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, 2005-.

Advisory Board, Asian Network for the Study of Women and Science, based in Japan, 2005-.

Advisory Board, European Union, History Project, 2004-2007.

Advisory Board, Center for WorkLife Law at University of California, Hastings, 2005-.

Consultant, American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, Tercentenary of Carolus Linnaeus's Birth, 2003-2007.

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