Laemmli, Whitney

Lecturer in Discipline

Office Hours

Spring 2019: Thursday 3-5 PM



Ph.D. – History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
B.A. – History, Duke University, 2007


Interests and Research

Whitney Laemmli specializes in the history of modern science and technology with particular focuses on the body, information and media, and work and capitalism. She has received fellowships from the Mellon/ACLS Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Social Science Research Council, and is currently a fellow in Columbia’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Laemmli is completing a book manuscript titled, Measured Movements: The Human Body and the Choreography of Everyday Life, which explores how a technology designed to record movement in dance became a tool for managing social, cultural, and economic life in the United States and United Kingdom in the years following World War II.



  • Abbot Payson Usher Prize, Society for the History of Technology. 2018.
  • History of Science Society, Forum for the History of the Human Sciences Dissertation Prize. 2016.
  • Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania. 2013.
  • Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology. 2011.


(Selected Publications)

“The Living Record: Alan Lomax and the World Archive of Movement (1965–1985),” in History of the Human Sciences, Special Issue on “The Total Archive” (forthcoming).

“Paper Dances: Captured Movement, Frozen Time, and the Science of Art in Twentieth Century America.” Information and Culture 52, no. 1 (January 2017): 1-30.

“Half a Man: The Symbolism and Science of Paraplegic Impotence in World War II America.” Osiris 30, “Scientific Masculinities,” ed. Robert A. Nye and Erika Lorraine Milam (October 2015): 228-249. With Beth Linker.

“A Case in Pointe: Romance and Regimentation at the New York City Ballet,” Technology and Culture 56, no. 1 (January 2015): 1–27.