Jutta Schickore

Professor of History of Science

Indiana University

Jutta Schickore received her Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1996. Before coming to IU, she held a Wellcome Research Fellowship at the at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge, UK as well as postdoctoral fellowships at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at M.I.T. (Cambridge, Mass.) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany). She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) and of the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC).

Her research interests include historical and philosophical debates about scientific methods; science and public engagement; science communication and particularly the problem of communicating "negative" results and successful replications; historical and philosophical aspects of microscopy; and the relation between history and philosophy of science. She has been an active member of the initiative Integrated History and Philosophy of Science ("&HPS"), which seeks to promote HPS as a field of study and to strengthen the community of scholars working in HPS.

Schickore has published widely on the above topics. Her publications include the monograph The Microscope and the Eye: A History of Reflections, 1740–1870, University of Chicago Press (2007), which was awarded the Paul Bunge Prize of the German Chemical Society;  the collected volumes Going Amiss in Experimental Research (co-edited with G. Hon and F. Steinle), Springer (2009) and Revisiting Discovery and Justification: The Context Distinction in Historical and Philosophical Perspective (co-edited with F. Steinle), Springer (2006); as well as a number of articles in history and philosophy of science journals.

Her current research focuses on rules and criteria for successful experimentation in past and present science. She is in the process of completing a monograph on the methodology of snake venom research, ca. 1660-1960. Her new project will examine scientists' conceptions of good research methods and of scientific integrity.