Clare Kim, "Manifold Modernisms: Thinking and Knowing Mathematics in Mid-20th Century U.S. Culture"

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Clare Kim, a doctoral candidate in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, presents her research project, "Manifold Modernisms: Thinking and Knowing Mathematics in Mid-20th Century U.S. Culture," to an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and scientists comprised of fellows, guest faculty, and students.

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Broadly interested in the history of knowledge, Kim's research focuses on the history of twentieth- and twenty-first century mathematical sciences, studying how mathematical thought and practice have been produced, represented, and understood within mathematics and across cultural domains. Her dissertation examines how mathematics, as a category of knowledge, was critical to the production of academic professions, knowledge hierarchies, and states of alterity in the interwar United States. Her other research interests include the histories of rationality and information aesthetics; racial politics and scientific exchange between the U.S. and East Asia; and historical narratives of science studies and history of science scholarship.

Kim received her undergraduate degree in history from Brown University with a focus in the history of science and mathematics. She has presented her research at the History of Science Society, Society for Social Studies of Science, American Mathematical Society, and Cambridge Arts & Humanities Research Council. In addition to participating in the MIT & Slavery research project, she has previously served on the Program Committee for the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Kim’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, German Historical Institute, and MIT Center for International Studies. She has also received research grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center and Kelly-Douglas Research Fund. Her professional affiliations include the American Historical Association, History of Science Society, and Society for Social Studies of Science.