Jenna Tonn is a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Trained as a historian of science, her research focuses on issues of gender and higher education in the modern biological sciences and on the social and cultural history of scientific and medical knowledge. She has particular interests in gender and science, the history of biological and evolutionary thought, and women in science, technology, and medicine.
Tonn’s dissertation research, which examined how pedagogical priorities motivated the development of graduate training in zoology at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, forms the basis of her first book project. Her current research explores the intersection of gender, natural history tourism, and scientific fieldwork through the writing and correspondence of American women naturalists.
She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Science from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She received her undergraduate education at Stanford University, from which she graduated with a degree in English and interdisciplinary honors in Feminist Studies.
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