Marie Burks studies the history of the social sciences in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Her dissertation will examine Los Angeles as both a site of social knowledge production and an object of social inquiry throughout the twentieth century. More broadly, Marie is interested in the ways in which domains of knowledge are demarcated (as in negotiations between the natural and social sciences), and in interactions between different modes of knowing the social world, the various forms that knowledge takes, and the ends to which it is put. Marie received a BA in History and Science from Harvard College in 2006.
history of social science; US cultural and intellectual history; urban history; sociology of knowledge; history and literature