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Joseph D. Martin

Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Durham University

Historian and philosopher of science and technology at Durham University


  • 2019–present
    Co-Editor-in-Chief, Physics in Perspective
  • 2019–present
    Associate Editor, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, Durham University
  • 2017–2019
    Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2015–2018
    Co-Editor-in-Chief, Endeavour
  • 2016–2017
    National Science Foundation Research Scholar and Fellow-in-Residence, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • 2016–2017
    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2014–2016
    Assistant Professor (fixed-term), Michigan State Universty
  • 2013–2014
    Faculty Fellow, Colby College


  • 2013 
    University of Minnesota, PhD – History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • 2011 
    University of Minnesota, MA – Philosophy
  • 2006 
    Boston University, BA – Independent Concentration in History and Philosophy of Science


  • 2020
    Between Making and Knowing: Tools in the History of Materials Research, World Scientific
  • 2020
    Negotiating History: Contingency, Canonicity, and Case Studies, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
  • 2019
    When Condensed Matter Physics became King, Physics Today
  • 2019
    Mildred Dresselhaus and Solid State Pedagogy at MIT, Annalen der Physik
  • 2018
    Solid State Insurrection: How the Science of Substance Made American Physics Matter, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • 2017
    Resource Letter HCMP-1: History of Condensed Matter Physics, American Journal of Physics
  • 2017
    Who Owns the Twentieth Century? (And Is It Worth Owning?), Isis
  • 2017
    Perceived Conflict of Interest as Procedural Fairness in Health Science Partnerships, PLoS ONE
  • 2017
    Prestige Asymmetry in American Physics: Aspirations, Applications, and the Purloined Letter Effect, Science in Context
  • 2016
    Emerging Prospects for History of the Physical Sciences, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • 2016
    The Peaceful Atom Comes to Campus, Physics Today
  • 2016
    A Paean to Contingency, Metascience
  • 2015
    New Straw for the Old Broom, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
  • 2015
    Evaluating Hidden Costs of Technological Change: Scaffolding, Agency, and Entrenchment, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
  • 2015
    What’s in a Name Change? Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Materials Science, Physics in Perspective
  • 2015
    Beyond the Crystal Maze: Twentieth-Century Physics from the Vantage Point of Solid State Physics, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • 2015
    Fundamental Disputations: The Philosophical Debates that Governed American Physics, 1939–1993, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • 2013
    Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees?, Philosophy of Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    STS Scholars Award: Industrial Patronage and the Cold War University
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • History of Science Society
  • British Society for the History of Science
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Physical Society
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • American Historical Association