Nasser Zakariya

Associate Professor, Head Undergraduate Advisor

My research interests concern science and narrative, as well as varied topics in the history and philosophy of science. My book, A Final Story: Science, Myth and Beginnings, centers on the emergence of the so-called “scientific epic” as one among a set of possible frames or genres for synthesizing branches of knowledge according to a narrative, historical structure. I have also been involved in interrelated collaborative research, including studies of the genealogy and structure of technoscientific futurist imaginaries, the relationship between narratological categories and scientific explanatory modes, social-scientific/game-theoretic analyses of voting, and social scientific legal studies of consumer discrimination.

I have held research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, and Yale Law School, and taught at Michigan State University. I received my doctoral degree from the Harvard History of Science department, with a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies.

Education: Ph.D. in History of Science; Secondary Field in Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University
M. Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science and M.A. in Mathematics, King’s College, University of Cambridge
B.A. in Mathematics and Physics, M.A. in Mathematics, Columbia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Research interests: 
Scientific Narrative
Universal History
Technoscientific Futures
Genres of Synthesis


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