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Jennifer Tucker

Professor of History, Wesleyan University

Jennifer Tucker is a Professor of History at Wesleyan University and the founding Director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Guns and Society. She holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University (Marshall Scholarship), and a PhD in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Wesleyan she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. She has been a visiting Hixon-Riggs Senior Scholar at Harvey Mudd College and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in History of Art at the University of York in the U.K.

Tucker specializes in the history of technology, visual and material culture studies, industrial history and labor, and the role of photography as evidence. Tucker has published two books and over thirty-five articles in academic journals including American Historical Review, History and Theory, Technology and Culture, UC Davis Law Review, History and Technology, Victorian Studies and Radical History Review. She has published in many media outlets, including New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and NPR. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Clark Art Institute, and the New England Humanities Consortium.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History and Science in Society, Wesleyan University


  • 1997 
    Johns Hopkins University, PhD/History of Science, Medicine and Technology


2023 National Endowment for Humanities Collaboration Award; Mellon Foundation "Humanities for All Times" award (2022); National Endowment of Humanities Public Scholar 2016; Fulbright Scholar; British Marshall Scholar;