Helena Pycior


Office: Holton Hall, Room 318
Phone: (414) 229-3966
e-mail: helena@uwm.edu


Ph.D., History, Cornell University
M.A., Mathematics, Cornell University

Research Interests:

History of human-animal relations
History of race, gender, and science in the United States
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Intellectual and cultural history

Teaching Areas:

Race, gender, science, and medicine
History of human-animal relations
Darwin and Darwinism

Courses Offered

Hist 192: Freshman Seminar: "Best Friends": History of Human-Animal Relations
Hist 229: History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States
Hist 398: Darwin and Darwinism
Hist 600: Seminar in History: History of Human-Animal Relations
Hist 940: Seminar on Global History--Gender, Race, Science, and Medicine, the 19th and 20th Centuries

Other Activities

Member, Committee on Honors and Prizes, History of Science Society

Selected Articles

“The Making of the ‘First Dog’: President Warren G. Harding and Laddie Boy.” Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies 13, no. 2 (2005): 109-138.

Hunde in Weissen Haus: Warren G. Hardings Laddie Boy und Franklin D. Roosevelts Fala.” In Tierische Geschichte: Die Beziehung von Mensch und Tier in der Kultur der Moderne, edited by Dorothee Brantz and Christof Mauch, 79-102. Paderborn: Schöningh, 2010.

The Public and Private Lives of ‘First Dogs’: Warren G. Harding’s Laddie Boy and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fala. In Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History, edited by Dorothee Brantz, 176-203. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.

“At the Intersection of Mathematics and Humor: Lewis Carroll's Alices and Symbolical Algebra.” Victorian Studies 28 (1984): 149-170. Reprinted in Energy and Entropy: Science and Culture in Victorian Britain, edited by Patrick Brantlinger (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989, 124-145.

Selected Books

Symbols, Impossible Numbers, and Geometric Entanglements: British Algebra through the Commentaries on Newton's "Universal Arithmetick." Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997; paperback edition, 2006.

Creative Couples in the Sciences. Pycior, Helena M., Nancy G. Slack, and Pnina G. Abir-Am, eds. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1996.