Amy Fisher

Associate Professor and Director, Science, Technology and Society Program

I am an historian of science and technology. My research focuses on the history and philosophy of electricity, chemistry, and their related technologies. I am especially interested in experimentation, instrumentation, gender and science, and science education.

I enjoy teaching and working with students on a variety of projects. Some of my students most recent projects include topics in environmental ethics, sustainability, electric power, and the history of the steam engine and pesticide use.

Courses recently taught:

  • SSI2 153 – Scientific Controversies
  • STS 201 – Introduction to STS I: Antiquity to 1800 
  • 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 340 – Finding Order in Nature
  • STS 354 – Murder and Mayhem under the Microscope
  • STS 347 – Better Living Through Chemistry 
  • STS 375 – Science and Politics

Selected publications:

Amy Fisher, “Robert Hare’s Theory of Galvanism: A Study of Heat and Electricity in Early 19th-Century American Chemistry,” Ambix: The Journal for the Society of Alchemy and Chemistry 65, no. 2 (2018): 169-189,

Amy A. Fisher, “Inductive Reasoning in the Context of Discovery: Analogy as an Experimental Stratagem in the History and Philosophy of Science,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 69 (2018): 23-33,

Amy Fisher and Katie Henningsen, “Women in Science through an Archival Lens,” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 27, no. 2 (2017): 158-179,