Amy Fisher

Assistant Professor, Science, Technology and Society Program

I enjoy teaching and working with students on a variety of research projects. Some of my students most recent projects include topics in environmental ethics and the history and present state of electrical and steam technology.

My research focuses on the history and philosophy of the physical sciences and technology. I am interested in the study of experimentation, instrumentation, and how standards of evidence have changed over time. I am currently working on a project examining the different ways electricians – an eighteenth-century term that denoted anyone who systematically studied electrical phenomena – learned about and explained electrical action. Some of their methods included chemical studies of electrical behavior, physical measures of electric charge and strength, and biological experiments analyzing physiological responses to electricity. 

Courses Recently Taught:

  • SSI1 119 – Einstein and Everything
  • STS 202 – Introduction to STS II: 1800 to the present 
  • STS 301 – Technology and Culture
  • STS 310 – I, Robot: Humans and Machines in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • STS 325 – Highway to History: A Study of the Automobile Industry
  • STS 347 – Better Living Through Chemistry 
  • STS 375 – Science and Politics