2017 – present Associate Professor, History of Science, Harvey Mudd College
2011 – 2017 Assistant Professor, History of Science, Harvey Mudd College.
2009 – 2010 Lecturer, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
2012 PhD in History of Science, University of Toronto
2005 MA in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto
2003 BSc (Honours) in Physics and History of Science, Dalhousie University
Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton and Janet Brodie (Editors). Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments (Edited book in preparation for University of Pittsburgh Press). Contributed chapter: Vivien Hamilton, "Setting X-ray Safety Standards for American Hospitals."
Vivien Hamilton. "Medical Machines as Symbols of Science?: Promoting Electrotherapy in Victorian Canada," Technology and Culture (October 2017).
Vivien Hamilton. Essay Review of Radium and the Secret of Life by Luis Campos, Distillations 2 (2) (2016).
Vivien Hamilton. Review of Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War by Brandon R. Brown, History Review New Books 44 (6) (2016).
Vivien Hamilton. “Review of Imogen Clarke, Negotiating Progress: Promoting ‘modern’ physics in Britain, 1900-1940,” Dissertation Reviews (2014)
Sebastian Gil-Riano and Vivien Hamilton, “Editor’s Introduction: Epistemic Boundaries,” Spontaneous Generations 3 (2009), 1-8.
Vivien Hamilton. “Review of Maria Rentetzi, Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna,” Spontaneous Generations 3 (2009), 246-248.
Vivien K. Cumyn, M.D. Fleishchauer, T.D. Hatchard and J.R. Dahn. “Design and testing of a low-cost multichannel pseudopotentiostat for quantitative combinatorial electrochemical measurements on large electrode arrays.” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 6 (6) E15 – E18 (2003).
S.J. Penney, V. K. Cumyn, D.D. Betts. “A new method for the S=1/2 antiferromagnetic Ising model's properties at any temperature and any magnetic field on the infinite square lattice.” PHYSICA A 330 (3-4): 507-518 (2003).
L.Y. Beaulieu, V.K. Cumyn, K.W. Eberman, L.J. Krause, and J.R. Dahn. “A system for performing in-situ afm/optical microscopy studies on electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.” Rev. Sci. Ins., 72(8):3313- 3319 (2001).
“Inspiring Awe in Physics through Textbooks: An examination of early 20th century medical pedagogy,” Harvey Mudd Stauffer Talk, June 2012.
“Jenny Trout: Canada’s First Licensed Female Physician,” Women in Medicine Group, Undergraduate Medical Students, University of Toronto, January 2010.
“Privacy Threatened: Popular Perceptions of the dangers of early medical x-rays” Queen’s University Surveillance Studies Colloquium Series, November 2008.
Conference and Workshop Papers
"Negotiating Risk and Responsibility: Radiation Safety in American Hospitals," Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2017.
"Insensible Danger: Radiation Safety in American Hospitals," Science and the Senses, Hixon Forum, Harvey Mudd College, Feb. 2017.
"X-Ray Safety," Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments Workshop, Claremont Colleges, September 2015 (Conference organizer, pre-circulated paper).
"Physics in the New York Times, 1880-1920," History of Physical Sciences Working Group, May 2015 (pre-circulated paper).
“Physics in the New York Times: 1880 – 1920,” International Conference on the History of Physics, Cambridge UK, September 2014 (poster).
“Finding Meaning in Digital Data: Physics in the News,” British Society for the History of Science, St. Andrews, July 2014.
“X-Ray Safety,” HSS, San Diego, November 2012 (Session Organizer).
“Textbook Physics: An Examination of Early 20th Century Medical Pedagogy.” Meeting of the Three Societies, Philadelphia, July 2012.
“Incongruent Bedfellows”: Physics and Medicine in Early 20th Century X-ray Therapy,” Continuity/Discontinuity Conference, American Institute of Physics, Washington DC, 2011.
“Bewildered Physicians? Reappraising early medical models of X-rays,” Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Montreal, 2010.
“Material Evidence in History: An Examination of Early 20th Century X-Ray Technology,” HAPSAT Graduate Conference, Instruments: Mental and Material, University of Toronto, 2010.
“Technology without Science: Electrotherapeutics in Victorian Canada,” Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Quebec City, 2009.
“Can Trading Zones Have Experts?” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Carleton University, 2009.
“Physics in use: Models of electricity in 19th century electrotherapy textbooks,” History of Science Society, Pittsburgh, 2008.
“Between physics and medicine: The role of the first hospital physicists following the discovery of x-rays,” Meeting of the Three Societies, Oxford, 2008.
“Safe from prying eyes? Competing notions of danger in the use of early medical x-rays,” Interface 2008: Culture and Technology, Carleton University, 2008.
“The Curative Powers of Electricity Demonstrated: Electro-therapeutics in Victorian Canada,” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, York University, 2006.
“Quantum and Classical Descriptions of MRI: What do doctors know about protons?” HAPSAT Graduate Conference: The Transmission of Knowledge, University of Toronto, 2005.
Grants and Awards
Mellon Course Development Grant, Harvey Mudd College (2017)
Course Development Grant, Digital Humanities at Claremont (2016)
Summer Research Grant, Harvey Mudd College (2016)
University of Toronto Doctoral Completion Award, (2010-2011)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2009-2010)
Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2005-2008)
School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, University of Toronto (2009)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2005-2006, awarded but declined)
University of Toronto Fellowship (2004-2005)
Chancellor’s Scholarship, Dalhousie University (1999-2003)
Harvey Mudd College
History 81: Science and Technology in the Early Modern World
History 82: Science and Technology in the Modern World
History 150: Technology and Medicine
History 151: Science in Fiction
History 152: History of Modern Physics
History 179: Communicating Science
HSA 10: Science and Gender
Science, Gender, Sex
History 198 (Independent Study): Recreating Experiments in Physics (Spring 2012)
History of Sexuality (Spring 2014)
Transgender History (Spring 2015)
The University of Toronto
HPS 211: Scientific Revolutions II
Fall 2015 "History of Science," Bio 81A: Science vs. Pseudoscience, HMC
Fall 2013 "Manufacturing Doubt," STS Senior Seminar, Pomona College
Fall 2012 "Objectivity," STS Senior Seminar, Pomona College
Undergraduate Thesis Supervisions
Haley Marber, STS, Pomona College (Spring 2017): "The Medicalization of Childbirth in the United States How Women’s Bodies Became Subjects of Science and How Midwifery became Obsolete in the Wake of Scientific “Progress.”
Antonietta Iannaccone, STS, Scripps College (Fall 2014): “Cutting Out Worry: Popularizing Psychosurgery in America.”
Marta Bean, STS, Scripps College (Spring 2014): “Shots Everybody?: British Anti-Smallpox Vaccination and the Development of Multifaceted Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric on Internet Parenting Forums.”
Simone Maule, STS, Scripps College (Spring 2014): “The MSM Deferral Controversy: An Analysis of the 2000 BPAC Meeting.”
Amelia Hamiter, STS, Scripps (Spring 2016): ""It's Not a Real Disorder": Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder and Paradigms of Childhood Harm."
Ashley Achee, History, Scripps (Spring2016): "The Colonial Construction of Disease: Deconstructing the Effects of Race, Gender and Class in the Nineteenth Century British Asylum Complex."
Logan Galansky, PPA, Pomona College (Spring 2014): “Reclaiming the Diagnosis: The Effects of Demographic Characteristics on Patient Group Agency and Treatment Paradigms in the Political and Medical Spheres.”
PhD Committee Member
Bill Palmer, CGU (expected graduation Fall 2016)
2017 Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Group
2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Claremont
2016 Hixon Reading Group: Science and the Senses
2015 Hixon Reading Group: Political Technologies of Expertise
2014 Hixon Reading Group: Science, Expertise and Environment
2013 STS Pedagogy Workshop, Vassar College
2012 Writ1 Training, Harvey Mudd College
2012 Faculty Writing Work Group, Harvey Mudd College
2012 Hixon Readings Group: Darwin, Marx, Freud
2009 THE500: Teaching in Higher Education, University of Toronto
2008 Teaching Assistant’s Training Program, University of Toronto
Professional and College Service
2017- Chair, STS Steering Committee, Claremont Colleges
2017- Director, Hixon Riggs Steering Committee, HMC
2017- Chair, Nelson Series Committee, HMC
2016-2017 Scholarly Standing Committee, HMC
2015 - 2017 HSA Writing Requirement Committee, HMC
2011 - 2017 STS Steering Committee
2015 - 2017 Hixon-Riggs Steering Committee
2015 - 2016 HMC Research Committee
2016 Society of Women Engineers Event: Ran two workshops, "Science and the Female Brain," for 90 high school students, HMC
2014 - 2016 President's Scholar Program Interviewer, HMC
2015 Co-Organizer, Contested Expertise, Toxic Environments Workshop, Claremont Colleges
2015 HMC Presentation Days Committee
2012-2015 Mentor, HMC OID Mentoring Program
2014 Co-Organizer, Hixon Reading Group: “Science, Expertise and Environment”
2012-2014 Study Abroad Committee, Harvey Mudd College
2013 Academic Affairs Committee, Harvey Mudd College
2012 HSA Space Planning Committee, Harvey Mudd College
2012 Reviewer, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
2006–2011 Editor, Spontaneous Generations
Managing Editor (2009-2010), Issue 3: Epistemic Boundaries.
2009–2010 Curator, University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection
2005–2007 HAPSAT executive, The History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Student Association, University of Toronto
President (2006-2007), Treasurer (2005-2006)
2005–2007 HAPSAT Conference Committee, University of Toronto
CSHPS, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
HSS, History of Science Society
4S, Society for the Social Studies of Science