Dr Adam Shapiro
PhD, Chicago (2007)
Lecturer in Intellectual and Cultural History
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
28 Russell Square
- Adam Shapiro is a historian of science, religion, and education, particularly as they relate to American culture.
Research and teaching
- Research interests
History of science, History of religion, US history, history of education
- Teaching interests
- Science and Religion: from Galileo to Global Warming; A Group 2 BA course focusing on the development of science, religion, and their relationship from the early modern period to the present.
- Education and American Culture; A MA module examining the cultural history of the United States through efforts to control, reform, politicise, and utilise schools
- PhD supervision
I am available to supervise topics in American cultural history, or the history of science, and/or religion.
Trying Biology: The Scopes trial, textbooks, and antievolution in American schools
- Articles and chapters
- “Between Training and Popularization: Regulating Science Textbooks in Secondary Education,” Isis, 103, no. 1 (March, 2012) 99-110.
- “Science,” in Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, eds. Encyclopedia of Religion in America, (CQ Press, 2010)
- “State Regulation of the Textbook Industry” chapter in: Adam Nelson and John L. Rudolph, eds. Education and Print Culture in Modern America. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) 173-190.
- “The Scopes Trial Beyond Science and Religion” chapter in: Thomas Dixon, Stephen Pumfrey, and Geoffrey Cantor, eds. Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 382-424.
- “William Paley’s Lost ‘Intelligent Design.’” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 31 (2009) 55-78.
- “Civic Biology and the Origins of the School Antievolution Movement” Journal of the History of Biology, 41:3 (September, 2008).
- I currently am working on a history of the reception and appropriations of natural theology in Britain and North America from the late eighteenth century to the present. I am also working on the history of the first antievolution trial in the United States.