Jeffrey Mathias  




Jeffrey Mathias 



jm2499ATcornellDOTedu
@cheffmathias
Hello, I am a historian of science and technology, 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 an epistemic 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 the USSR to fallout shelters in suburban America to capsule ecologies in outer space. You can read more about my research here.

Before coming to Cornell, I spent six years as a social worker, working with young adults experiencing houselessness in Seattle, WA and children affected by Hurricane Sandy in Queens, NY. I hold a BA from SUNY Purchase College. For several years, I played records on community radio station WRFI. You can listen to archived shows here. I live in Jersey City, NJ with a cat named Muriel.