Alumni Spotlight

Angelo Caglioti

PhD in History, UC Berkeley, 2017

Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies

Dr. Angelo M. Caglioti will be an Assistant Professor in European and Environmental History at Barnard College of Columbia University in Fall 2020. He is a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize 2019-2020 for Modern Italian Studies, which awards a postdoctoral fellowship at the American Academy of Rome. He received his PhD in History with a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies from UC Berkeley in 2017. His research focuses on the environmental history of Italian colonialism.


Camilla Hawthorne

PhD in Geography, UC Berkeley, 2018

Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies

Camilla Hawthorne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a principal faculty member in UCSC’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program and is also affiliated with the Science and Justice Research Center as well as the Legal Studies Program. She is the program manager and a faculty member for the Black Europe Summer School. She is currently co-editing two edited volumes, one on Black Geographic Thought and the other on the Black Mediterranean. At USCS’s Science and Justice Research Center she convenes a research cluster titled ‘Theorizing Race after Race’, which explores the way new DNA and genomics research intersect with contemporary debates about race, nation, and citizenship.

Dr. Hawthorne’s research, teaching and activism center on race, immigration and citizenship, postcolonial and feminist science and technology studies in Europe and the United States. Her forthcoming book manuscript is the first ever in-depth study of Black youth political mobilizations in Italy. She examines the ways in which the Italian-born children of African immigrants have mobilized for a reform of Italian citizenship law in the context of the Eurozone economic crisis and the southern European refugee emergency. She collaborates with activist collectives in the United States and Europe working at the intersection of anti-Blackness and xenophobia.


Heather Mellquist Lehto

PhD in Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 2018

Designated Emphasis in Science & Technology Studies

Dr. Heather Mellquist Lehto is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation research offers insight on technology in religious practice through examining transnational multisite churches and the media technologies that both enable and guide their development. She speaks about it at length in the following video interview, where she also reflects on her experience with the Designated Emphasis in STS at UC Berkeley.


Douglas O’Reagan

PhD in History of Science, UC Berkeley, 2014

Dr. Douglas O’Reagan is the author of Taking Nazi Technology: Allied Exploitation of German Science After the Second World War (Johns Hopkins Press 2019).  He sheds light on what was likely the largest technology transfer in history. He describes how the Western Allies gathered teams of experts to scour defeated Germany, seeking industrial secrets and the technical personnel who could explain them. Drawing on declassified records, O’Reagan looks at which techniques worked for these very different nations, as well as which failed―and why. Most importantly, he shows why securing this technology, how the Allies did and when they did, still matters today. It is the first history to capture the whole picture of this crucial period at the dawn of the Cold War.

Since 2018, he is an Associate at the Analysis Group.  In 2015, he was a visiting assistant professor at Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus, where he taught history and served as Lead Archivist and Director of the Oral History Program for the Hanford History Project, which manages the US Department of Energy’s collections related to the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project.

He has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships. In 2016-2017 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at MIT. He aided the university administration on leveraging digital technologies in research and teaching. In 2014-2015 he was a Garfield Fellow at the Science History Institute. His post-doctoral fellowship research was titled “Industrial Espionage, Tech Transfer and Diplomacy in the 20th Century.” In the same year, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. He worked with an interdisciplinary team on applying data science, econometric analysis, and historical research in studying the origins and impacts of specific breakthrough technologies. While at UC Berkeley, Dr. O’Reagan received a dissertation research fellowship from the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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