Joel Klein

Joel Andrew Klein

Joel Andrew Klein

Research Fellow

  • Phone: 215.873.8278
  • Fax: 215.629.5278

My name is Joel Andrew Klein and I recently graduated with a PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University and I am presently a Post-Doctoral Lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University, as well as a research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. At Columbia I am working with Pamela Smith on the Making and Knowing Project, which is a part of the new Center for Science and Society.

I spent two years researching in Germany, first in Leipzig and Halle an der Saale through a Fulbright Grant and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, and then at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Freie Universität in Berlin via a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst).

The title of my dissertation is Chymical Medicine, Corpuscularism, and Controversy: A Study of Daniel Sennert’s Works and Lettersand I am currently transforming it into a manuscript.

I have worked as an editorial assistant and laboratory technician for the Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project, where I encoded Newton’s manuscripts and even recreated a variety of Isaac Newton's and Robert Boyles actual alchemical experiments. Under “Experiments” you can see some of the work I have carried out in the laboratory.

I have taught several courses  at Indiana University: X102 Plato to Nato - Science Revolutions, and X123 Sickness and Health - The History of Medicine in the Middle Age and Renaissance. The curriculum of the latter course was fully self-designed.

In Summer 2014, I taught The Emergence of Modern Science (STSC001) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Information

Twitter: @JAndrewKlein
E-mail: jak2259 AT columbia edu
Website: joelaklein.com

Fellowships at CHF


CHF’s scholars, who spend anywhere from one to nine months in residence, form a vital part of CHF’s intellectual life.