Deborah Coen

Associate Professor; Acting Director of the Center of International History
Barnard College

Deborah Coen, Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Center of International History at Barnard College, joined the Barnard faculty in 2006. In addition to teaching for the Department of History, Professor Coen is affiliated with Barnard's Women's Studies Program. Prior to coming to Barnard, Professor Coen was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.. Professor Coen has taught such courses as "Bodies and Machines, 1750-1939," "History of Environmental Thinking," "Gender and Knowledge in Modern History," "Vienna and the Birth of the Modern," and "Central Europe: Nations, Cultures, and Ideas." Professor Coen's research centers on the history of the physical and earth sciences and the cultural history of central Europe. Her current projects include The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science, 1755-1935, and a history of imperial Austria as a laboratory for studies of the relationship between nature and culture.

Her publications include: Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism, and Private Life (2007), which was awarded the Susan Abrams Prize from the University of Chicago Press, the Austrian Cultural Forum Book Prize, and the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; Intimate Universality: Local and Global Themes in the History of Weather and Climate (2006), co-edited with James R. Fleming and Vladimir Jankovic; “Imperial Climatographies from Tyrol to Turkestan,” forthcoming in Osiris 26:Climate and Cultural Anxiety, eds. James Fleming and Vladimir Jankovic; “Climate and Circulation in Imperial Austria,” Journal of Modern History (2010); and “Living Precisely in Fin-de-siècle Vienna,” Journal of the History of Biology (2006).