D. Graham Burnett

D. Graham Burnett is Professor of History at Princeton University and an Editor of Cabinet, an award-winning magazine of arts and culture.  He will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from September 2013 through June 2014.  Burnett graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in History from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge.  A historian of science, he has published extensively on the intersection of science, philosophy, and history.  His 2007 book, Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007) was the recipient of the Hermalyn Prize in Urban History (Bronx Historical Society, 2007) and a New York City Book Award (New York Society Library, 2008).  Burnett’s recent publications include a co-edited Festschrift entitled Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine (with Sina Najafi, et al., New York: Cabinet Books, 2012) and The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), which received a special commendation from the British Society for the History of Science.  Burnett is also the recipient of a number of prestigious research fellowships.  A multi-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “New Directions” fellowship (2009-2011) enabled Burnett to pursue connections between art, aesthetic theory, and science and ultimately led to two co-curated exhibitions in 2010—The Slice: Cutting to See at the Architectural Association in London and An Ordinal of Alchemy at Cabinet Space in Brooklyn.  Currently, he is a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Foundation Humanities Fellow in the field of History of Science, Technology, and Economics for his current project “Minding the Eye,” which will explore the optical, physiological, and psychological phenomena of vision through an art historical and scientific perspective.  While in residence at the BGC, Burnett will work on a book-length project about vision, broadly construed, as an optical, physiological, and psychological phenomenon.


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