Hilary Domush

Hilary Domush

Hilary Domush

Program Associate, Oral History

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Hilary Domush  earned an M.S. in  history of science and an M.A. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.S. in chemistry from Bates College. Her graduate research in the history of science focused on 19th-century chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh School of Arts. Before joining the history of science department she conducted studies toward the total synthesis of Phorboxazole B in Steven D. Burke’s laboratory.

As the program associate for the Oral History Program, Domush conducts research and works with program staff to propose and develop new projects as well as help manage the program. She is the lead researcher on the Women in Chemistry Oral History project which she began in 2008. In particular she is interested in different avenues to success in industry, academia, and national laboratories; the role of science education in increasing gender diversity; interdisciplinary science; and globalization of science. Domush also contributes to Periodic Tabloid and Distillations

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Active Projects


  • Book Review, European Women in Chemistry, ed. Jan Apotheker and Livia Simon Sarkadi. Bulletin for the History of Chemistry 37:1 (2012), 55.
  • “Education as the Organizing Principle behind the Oral History Program at the Chemical Heritage Foundation,” cowritten with Sarah L. Hunter. The Oral History Forum d’histoire oral,e special issue, “Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century,” 32, 2012.
  • “Making It in Chemistry: Women’s Professional Networks.” In Power Trip: The Cross-Cultural Construction of Gender, Race, and Class Hierarchies, ed. Linda Jencson (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2012).

Recent Presentations

  • “Can We Do It All? The Legacy of Marie Curie and 21st-Century Women in Chemistry.” American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Women in Industry Breakfast, American Chemical Society, Denver, August 2011 (Invited Speaker).
  • “Mass Spectrometry: Humble Oil & Refining Company and the Commitment to Basic Research.” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Philadelphia, April 2011.
  • “Women’s Professional Networks: Chemistry Since Title IX.” Oral History Association, Atlanta, October 2010.
  • “Women in Chemistry: Talking about Career and Family.” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Washington, DC, March 2010.
  • “Writing Women Back into Laboratory Notebooks: Oral Histories of Women in Chemistry.” USDA Women’s History Month Celebration, Wyndmoor, PA, March 2010 (Invited Speaker).
  • “From the Laboratory to the Library: Oral Histories of Scientists.” Boston University Women in Chemistry, March 2009 (Invited Speaker).

Oral Histories Conducted

  • Women in Chemistry Oral History Project (23)
  • Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences Oral History Project (18)


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