Michael Dietrich

  • Professor • Department Chair

History and Philosophy of Biology with an emphasis on scientific controversies in twentieth century genetics and evolutionary biology as well as the histories of developmental biology and molecular evolution.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Development of Modern Biology
  • Scientific Controversies
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • History of Science

Professional Membership/Offices

  • General Editor, Mendel Newsletter
  • International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)
  • History of Science Society
  • Philosophy of Science Association
  • Chair, Section L, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Representative Publications

Dreamers, Visionaries, and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008).

Michael R. Dietrich, Nathan Crowe, and Rachel Ankeny, “Why Study Sex by the Sea?: Marine Organisms and the Problem of Fertilization and Cell Cleavage,” in The Beach and the Bench: Why Marine Studies?.  Jane Maienschein, Karl Matlin, and Rachel Ankeny, Eds. (University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming 2019).

Scott Dietrich and Michael R. Dietrich, “Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson’s Re-imagined Legacy in Sichuan,”Trans-Asia Photography Review9 (2019).http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0009.209

“Experimenting with Sex: Four Approaches to the Genetics of Sex Reversal before 1950,” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 38 (2016), 23-41.

Nathan Crowe, Michael R. Dietrich, Beverly Alomepe, Amelia Antrim, Bay Lauris ByrneSim, and Yi He, “The Diversification of Developmental Biology,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53 (2015), 1-15.