Assistant Professor, History
Whitney Laemmli is a historian of modern science and technology. Her research explores data recording and storage, the body, and the interactions between technical practice, the arts, and political life in the twentieth-century United States and Europe. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Measured Movements: The Human Body and the Choreography of Modern Life, which explores how a tool developed to record dance on paper in Weimar Germany found new application in the corporate boardrooms, robotics laboratories, and psychiatric hospitals of the mid-century U.S. and U.K. Other projects have investigated the material history of the ballet pointe shoe, the sexual rehabilitation of paraplegic World War II veterans, and the relationship between technology, religion, and secularism in the twentieth century.
Laemmli has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the ACLS/Mellon Foundation, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She was the recipient of the 2018 Abbot Payson Usher article prize from the Society for the History of Technology as well as the 2016 Forum for the History of the Human Sciences Dissertation Prize from the History of Science Society. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, she spent 2016-2019 as a member of Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.
To read more about Whitney Laemmli, please visit her personal website.