Professor of History
*On Sabbatical/Leave for Spring 2018
With Pitzer Since: 2002
Field Group: History
Campus Address: Scott Hall 226
Office Hours: Contact Professor for Details
MA, PhD (History), University of Chicago
MPA (Public Affairs)/ University of Minnesota
BA (Philosophy/Mathematics), St. John’s College
History of science, German cultural and intellectual history, environmental history, and sports history.
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)
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)
Recent Selected Articles, Book Chapters and Books
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 and Book Chapters
“The Theological Roots of Secular Modernism,” in Christopher Nadon, ed., Enlightenment and Secularism: Essays in the Mobilization of Reason. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
“Abraham Gottlob Werner: Geld, Romanik, Klassifikation” [“Abraham Gottlob Werner: Money, Romance, Classification”] in Olaf Breidbach and Roswith Burwick, eds., Physik um 1800 – Kunst oder Philosophie? [Physics around 1800: Art, Science or Philosophy?] Munic, Germany: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2012.
“The Hardrock Mines of Early Modern Germany,” The History of Earth Sciences Society, vol. 31, no. 2 (2012).
“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.
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 Presentations and Invited Talks
Stasi Soccer: Sport and Society in the DDR,” invited talk at the Internationales Begegnumszentrum der Wissenschaft, Berlin, Germany, November 8, 2012.
“Leibniz in the Harz,” invited talk, the Departmental Colloquium, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2012.
“Cameralism: Projects and Reforms,” invited paper for Savoirs et techniques d’anticipation: Prévision et organisation du futur en Europe aux 18e et 19e siècles, Roscoff, France, August 29, 2012.
“The Conflict of the Faculties: German Cameralism as a Profession,” invited lecture at the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France, June 12, 2012.
“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.
Recent 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.