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Gabriel Finkelstein, Ph.D.


Gabriel Finkelstein

Associate Professor

Email: Gabriel Finkelstein
Office Location: King 538
Phone: (303) 556-4272
Fax: (303) 556-6037
Areas of Expertise:

  • Germany
  • Science
  • Exploration

Education & Degrees

  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 1996
  • B.A., Physics, Amherst College, 1985

Bio

Gabriel Finkelstein teaches courses in Modern Germany, Modern Europe, History of Science, and History of Exploration. He is currently completing a biography of the physiologist and essayist Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818-1896) and is planning a book on German scientific exploration. His research concerns the role of science in nineteenth-century German society.

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, 2006-present
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, 1999-2006
Lecturer, Princeton University, 1998-1999
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997-1998

University of Colorado President's Fund for the Humanities, Spring 2000, Fall 2001, and Fall 2005

University of Colorado Junior Faculty Development Award, Spring 2002

Volkswagen Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Göttingen University, 1997

SSRC Fellowship, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Free
University of Berlin, 1990-1991

DAAD Fellowship awarded, 1990-1991

Select Publications

  • "Emil du Bois-Reymond versus Ludimar Hermann." Comptes Rendus Biologies 329, nos. 5-6 (May-June 2006): 340-347.
  • "M. du Bois-Reymond Goes to Paris." British Journal for the History of Science 36, no. 3 (September 2003): 261-300.
  • "Romanticism, Race, and Recapitulation."
    Science 294, no. 5549 (7 December 2001): 2101-2102.
  • "'Conquerors of the Künlün'?: The Schlagintweit Mission to High Asia, 1854-57."
    History of Science 38, pt. 2, no. 120 (June 2000): 179-218.

Courses Taught

  • Hist 4029: Age of Anxiety
  • Hist 4030: Europe during the World Wars
  • Hist 4034: Core Themes in European History
  • Hist 4062: Modern France
  • Hist 4071: Modern Germany
  • Hist 4074: Postwar Germany
  • Hist 4503: History of Nuclear Weapons
  • Hist 4621: Travel and Exploration
  • Hist 4839: History Seminar
  • Hist 6931: Graduate Readings in European History

    Summer 2014:  Interim break (5/12/14-6/8/14) Please email gabriel.finkelstein@ucdenver.edu​.