Jeffrey Mathias  




Jeffrey Mathias 




jm2499ATcornellDOTedu
@cheffmathias
Hello, I am a historian of science, an AHA/NASA History of Space Technology fellow, and a PhD candidate at Cornell University in the department of Science and Technology Studies. I work between the fields of the history of Cold War science and technology, the history of the human sciences, and media studies.

My research centers on the role of science, technology, and media in processes of territorialization— the making of new geographies and infrastructures— and subject formation— the uneasy fitting of minds and bodies to these terrains. My dissertation examines isolation as both a Cold War matter of concern and a scientific object for psychology, psychiatry, and physiology between 1948 and 1975. This project has taken me from radar outposts in the Canadian Arctic to prisoner of war camps in South Korea to research bases in Antarctica to capsule ecologies in outer space.

Before coming to Cornell, I spent six years as a social worker, working with young adults experiencing homelessness in Seattle, WA and children affected by Hurricane Sandy in Queens, NY. I hold a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Purchase College. I also play records on community radio station WRFI. You can listen to some recent shows here. I live in Ithaca, NY with a cat named Muriel.