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Andre Wakefield, PhD
Professor of History

Andre Wakefield, PhD

    With Pitzer Since: 2002
    Field Group: History
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 226
    Phone: 909.607.3068

    M.A., Ph.D. (History) University of Chicago
    M.P.A. (Public Affairs) University of Minnesota
    B.A. (Philosophy/Mathematics) St. John's College

Research Interests

  • History of science, German cultural and intellectual history, environmental history, and sports history.

Recent Courses:

  • History of The Human Sciences (HIST12)
  • Environmental History (HIST16)
  • History and Political Economy of Natural Resources (HIST17)
  • Travel and Encounter, 1800-2000 (HIST65)
  • Marx in Context (HIST132)
  • A History of the Police State (HIST136)
  • Seeking Human Nature: The History and Sciences of Innateness (HIST138)
  • Propaganda (HIST163)
  • Explorations in Deep Time (HIST181)
  • The History and Politics of World Soccer (187)
  • Anxiety in the Age of Reason (HIST188)
  • Frankfurt School (HIST189)
  • The Seminar in History (HIST197)
  • History of Science: Science and Technology in the Early Modern World (STS 81)



  • The Disordered Police State: German Cameralism as Science and Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • First English edition of G. W. Leibniz’s Protogaea. Edited and translated from the Latin, with an introduction, together with Claudine Cohen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Selected Articles

  •  “The Origins and History of the Earth.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz, edited by Maria Rosa Antognazza (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • "Leibniz in the Mines." Osiris (Annual Journal of the History of Science Society), vol. 25 (2010): 171-88.
  • “The Fiscal Logic of Enlightened German Science,” in Benjamin Schmidt and Pamela Smith, eds., Knowledge and Its Making in Early Modern Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008, pp. 273-87.

Recent Book Reviews

  • Reviewed The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America, by Robert H. Nelson, in Technology and Culture, 52, 3 (July 2011): 671-72.
  • Reviewed The Science of Culture in Enlightenment Germany, by Michael C. Carhart, in Central European History, 43, 2 (2010): 351-52.
  • Reviewed Zwischen Fürstenwillkür und Menschheitswohl: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz als Bibliothekar, edited by Karin Hartbecke, in Isis, 101, 2 (2010): 429-430.

Recent Conference Papers and Invited Talks:

  • “Money in the German-Speaking Lands: A Roundtable Discussion of The Disordered Police State by Andre Wakefield.” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, October 9, 2010.
  • "Leibniz and the Wind Machines," invited lecture at the Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland, February 22, 2010.
  • "Earth, Wind, Water and Mining Machines: Leibniz," presented at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, November 22, 2009.
  • "Science and State in Early Modern Germany," lecture series presented at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, June 2008.
  • "Public Money and Private Ruin: Johann von Justi's Prussian Misadventure," paper presented at the European Social Science History Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2008.
  • "The End of History of Science?" paper presented at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2007.
  • "Science, Culture and the Enlightenment Mine," paper presented at the German Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 2007.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

  • Recipient, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Professor Wakefield will spend the 2012-13 academic year in residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He will be writing a book about Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
  • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Isis, the Quarterly Journal of the History of Science Society, January 2010.
  • Thyssen Foundation, Herzog Ernst Fellowship, University of Erfurt, Germany, 2006.
    Recipient, Graves Award in the Humanities, “The Edinburgh Synergy,” 2005-2006.
  • Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grant, “The First English Edition of Leibniz’s Protogaea,” 2001-2003 ($109,937 outright). With Claudine Cohen (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris).

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