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Dan Bouk

Assistant Professor of History
History, 314 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6166


Michigan State University, BS (2002); Princeton University, MA (2006), PhD (2009)


U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History
History of Knowledge and Knowing (Science, Medicine, and Environment)
History of Capitalism


Dan Bouk, How Our Days Became Numbered (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)


Magazine and Newspaper Reviews or Related Pieces

Academic Reviews


  • D. Bouk, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, May 2015)
  • D. Bouk, "Tocqueville's Ghost," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42, no. 4 (2012): 329-339.
  • D. Bouk, "The Science of Difference: Designing Tools for Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry, 1830-1930" Enterprise and Society 12, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 717-731.
  • D. Bouk and D.G. Burnett, "Knowledge of Leviathan: Charles W. Morgan Anatomizes His Whale," Journal of the Early Republic 27(Fall 2008): 433-466.
  • D. Bouk, "Drought and Famine: What the Past Teaches Us to Fear Most about Global Climate Change,"(a review) The American Scholar (Spring 2008): 133-136.

Professional Experience

Camp Counselor, History of Capitalism Summer Camp at Cornell University, 2016 (& I was a camper in 2015!)
Member of the Historicizing Big Data working group and the Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge working group at Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Dept. II

Editor, Forum for the History of Science in America, 2009-2014
I wrote formerly for the Forum's blog at americanscience.blogspot.com.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) 2012-2013
  • Phi Eta Sigma Professor of the Year, Colgate University, 2010-2011
  • Krooss Prize, Business History Conference, 2011
  • Best Dissertation Prize, Forum for the History of Human Sciences, 2010
  • Robert Hoffman Scholar, Princeton University, 2008
  • Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University, 2008
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, 2004