Dr. Jessica Wang

Jessica Wang (History) studies the social and political history of science and medicine in the United States.  She is currently working on two book-length projects: a study of social science and New Deal political economy in the 1930s, and a social history of rabies in New York City from 1840 to the present.  Her earlier writings include American Science in an Age of Anxiety: Scientists, Anticommunism, and the Cold War (1999), and a series of essays on cold war American science and the interplay between science and democratic political theory.

  • “Dogs and the Making of the American State: Voluntary Association, State Power, and the Politics of Animal Control in New York City, 1850-1920,” accepted for publication in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of American History.
  • “Local knowledge, state power, and the science of industrial labor relations: William Leiserson, David Saposs, and American labor economics in the interwar years,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 46:4 (Fall 2010): 371-93.
  • “Neo-Brandeisianism and the New Deal: Adolf A. Berle, Jr., William O. Douglas, and the Problem of Corporate Finance in the 1930s,” Seattle University Law Review 33:4 (2010): 1221-46.


Jessica Wang, Department of History
Associate Professor (B.A. Cornell, Ph.D. MIT)
Office: Buchanan Tower 1219
Telephone: (604) 822-6155
Email: jessica.wang@ubc.ca
Website: http://www.history.ubc.ca/people/jessica-wang

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