Steering Group

Mario Biagioli (
Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis

Adriana Craciun (Director) (
Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

Ian Duncan (
Florence Bixby Endowed Chair in English, University of California, Berkeley

Mario Biagioli

Mario Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Director of the new Center for Science and Innovation Studies at UC Davis.  Prior to joining UCD, he was Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, specializing in intellectual property in science.  He has also taught at UCLA, Stanford, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales (Paris), and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).  For more than a decade, Professor Biagioli has been studying problems of authorship and priority attribution in contemporary “Big Science,” editing (with Peter Galison), Scientific Authorship (Routledge, 2003).  He has subsequently published on the history of patenting in the sciences, the development of specifications requirements, the peer review of patent applications.  With Pater Jaszi and Martha Woodmansee, he has edited Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago, 2011) and is working on The Author as Vegetable, a book on the role of environmental concepts in contemporary discussions of the knowledge commons.  Other current research interests include definitions of patentable subject matter and the role of secrecy in science.  A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is a founding member of the International Society for the Theory and History of Intellectual Property (ISTHIP).  After studying computer science at the University of Pisa (Italy) and receiving an MFA in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop and the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was awarded a PhD in history of science from UC Berkeley in 1989.  He is also the author of Galileo Courtier (Chicago, 1993 – translated in German, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese), Galileo’s Instruments of Credit (Chicago, 2006)), and the editor of The Science Studies Reader (Routledge, 1998).

Adriana Craciun (Director)

Adriana Craciun is Professor of English, UC Riverside, and Director of the new interdisciplinary Ph.D. Designated Emphasis program in Book, Archive, and Manuscript Studies. Before Joining Riverside in 2008, she was Reader in Literature and Theory at Birkbeck, University of London and former Director of their MA in Cultural and Critical Studies program. She is the co-organizer of the international research network The Disorder of Things: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge, 1600-1850, which included events at the British Museum, University of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, and two UCHRI-funded international conferences at UC Riverside, “The Oceanic Turn in the Long Eighteenth Century” (2009) and “Inscriptions: The Material Contours of Knowledge” (2011). Her current interdisciplinary project will provide a major reassessment of how changing print, manuscript, collecting and authorship practices, across modern disciplinary lines, have helped shape three centuries of Arctic exploration, titled “Northwest Passages: Authorship, Exploration, Disaster.” One recent essay from this project, “The Frozen Ocean,” published in PMLA, won the Best Article Prize for 2010 from the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association. Craciun’s previous books include Fatal Women of Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2003), British Women Writers and the French Revolution (Palgrave, 2005), and numerous scholarly editions and collections. She has co-edited a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies devoted to “The Disorder of Things” series (October 2011). A past recipient of fellowships from the NEH, the  AHRC, the Institute of Advanced Studies (London), and the University of Limerick, for 2010-11 Craciun received a University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship to work on “Northwest Passages,” and more recently a Canadian Studies Faculty Research Grant from the government of Canada.

Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan studied at King’s College, Cambridge and Yale University, and taught in the Yale English Department for several years before being appointed Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Oregon in 1995. Since 2001 he has been a Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he now holds the Florence Bixby Endowed Chair in English. Duncan is the author of Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens (Cambridge, 1992) and Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh (Princeton, 2007), which won the Saltire Society / National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year award in 2008. Other books include two co-edited collections of essays, Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism (Cambridge, 2004) and Approaches to Teaching Scott’s Waverley Novels (New York, 2009), editions of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe (Oxford, 1996) and Rob Roy (Oxford, 1998), James Hogg’s Winter Evening Tales (Edinburgh, 2002) andPrivate Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Oxford, 2010), and a co-edited anthology, Travel Writing 1700-1830 (Oxford, 2005). He is currently a Co-Chair of the editorial board of Representations, a General Editor of the International Journal of Scottish Literature and of the Stirling/South Carolina Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg, a Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has held visiting positions at the universities of Edinburgh, British Columbia, and Konstanz. He is currently working on a new project on the novel and human nature in the age of the science of man — from Hume to Darwin, Fielding to Eliot — with the provisional title “The Great Book of Nature.”