Ryan Shapiro is broadly interested in the history, practice, and politics of science, technology, and medicine. He holds a BFA in Film from New York University, and an MA in Modern American and European History from American University in Washington, DC. He has worked as the Assistant Director of Research at the Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC, and as a research assistant for the Deputy Chief of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Ryan’s research explores controversies over animal use and protection in historical and scientific context. He is particularly interested in confluences between disputes over animals and national security. His dissertation in progress, Bodies at War: Animals, The Freedom of Science, and National Security in the United States, 1899-1979, examines debates over animal experimentation and American security from the dawn of the twentieth century to the emergence of the modern animal rights movement.
human-animal relationships, animal and human experimentation, modern American history, history of medicine, history of science, environmental history, nuclear studies, war and society, policing dissent, freedom of information