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 history of Cold War science, technology, and medicine, historical geography, and media studies.

My research centers on the role of science and technology in processes of territorialization— the making of new geographies and infrastructures— and subject formation— the uneasy fitting of minds and bodies to these environments. My dissertation examines isolation as both an epistemic object for psychology, psychiatry, and neurophysiology and a constituitive part of a cultural imaginary of the remote and hostile terrains on which the Cold War might be fought. You can read more about this project in a piece I wrote for Perspectives on American History.

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.