Jessica Riskin

Professor of History

Academic Appointments
Professor, History
Jessica Riskin received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught at MIT for several years before coming to Stanford, and has also taught at Sciences Po, Paris. Her research interests include early modern science, politics and culture and the history of scientific explanation.

Riskin is the author of Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which won the American Historical Association's J. Russell Major Prize for best book in English on any aspect of French history, and the editor of Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and, with Mario Biagioli, of Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present (Palgrave, 2012). Her new book, The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Debate about What Makes Living Things Tick, is out from the University of Chicago Press in April 2016.
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Editorial Board member, Isis (2013 - Present)
Associate Editor, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (2007 - Present)
Conference Organizer, Theories of Evolution and their Applications: History of Science and History of Populations, 18th -21st Centuries, Sciences Po, Paris (2013 - 2013)
Council member, History of Science Society (2009 - 2012)
Program Co-Chair, History of Science Society Annual Meeting (2009 - 2009)
Invited participant, Kandersteg Seminar on intellectual history and political thought, Remarque Institute, NYU (2007 - 2007)
Conference organizer, Science and Sensibility in the American Enlightenment, Stanford (2007 - 2007)
Member, Leo Gershoy Award Committee, American Histotical Association (2004 - 2007)
Member, Program Committee, Society for French Historical Studies annual meeting (2005 - 2005)
Conference organizer, Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life, Stanford University (2003 - 2003)
Honors & Awards
Inaugural Chair in Humanites scientifiques, Sciences Po, Paris (2011-2012)
Membre associe, REHSEIS, CNRS and Universite de Paris-7, Paris (2010-2011)
Visiting Research Fellowship, History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australia National University, Canberra (2007)
William H. and Frances Green Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University (2004- 2005)
William H. and Frances Green Faculty Fellowship, William H. and Frances Green (2006-2007)
]. Russell Major Award, American Historical Association (2004)
Scholar's Award, Program in Science and Technology Studies, National Science Foundation (2003)
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2003)
Old Dominion Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000-2001)
Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1994-1995)
Degrees / Education
A.B., Harvard University, History and Science (1988)
PhD, University of California at Berkeley, History (1995)