Jessica Baron

Jessica Baron

I am currently the Director for Media and Engagement for the History of Science Society. I am also Outreach Coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, where I run the Health, Culture, and Society research initiative and The Coogan Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine. I also build and manage the popular Reilly Top 10 List of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology.

I was recently named to the 2016 Class of Michiana’s 40 Under 40.

In my spare time, I act as co-chair of the History of Science Society’s HSS at Work group. I have taught courses on women’s history, the history of science and medicine, European history, colonial/imperial history, science communication, and world history. I also founded the South Bend Science Cafe in 2014, which is now run by the amazing Micha Kilburn.

I completed my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Notre Dame with a dissertation titled Reforming the Raj: Florence Nightingale’s biomedical liberalism in British India (thrilling, right?!). From 2011-2013 I was the Managing Editor for the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

I do some off-hours writing for the general public and hope to do much more. Specifically, I aspire to write about the history of science for a popular audience, but I can’t manage to just sit down and do it.

If you really want to embarrass me, mention this.

Check out the Reilly Center Facebook page at and the History of Science Society at!

Find me on Twitter at @JessicaLBaronND
Find the Reilly Center at @NDReillyCenter
And follow the History of Science Society at @hssonline

If you’re interested in having me speak or visit your school, please e-mail me at