About

I am a historian of physics, gender, and science education in the United States. My book manuscript, entitled The Other Physicists, looks at the intersection of these fields through a history of American women in physics learning and working at women’s colleges from 1870 to 1940.

Other research projects have included the history of the term “cookbook laboratory” in science education, the history of physics in home economics, and following the lives of individual pre-WWII women in physics.

In 2020 I earned my Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to that I earned my Bachelor’s in Physics at Harvard University in 2013 and my Master’s in the History of Science at the University of Chicago in 2014. I currently work as the Assistant Public Historian at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. Under my purview are education and outreach initiatives including teaching guides, web exhibits, and the public lecture series. I have been active in the History of Science Society and in the American Association of Physics Teachers where I was the 2020 Chair of the History and Philosophy of Physics Committee.


joanna.behrman [at] gmail.com

Twitter: @physhist

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