James Poskett

Historian of science and technology

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Origins: A Global History of Science (Penguin | Viking, forthcoming 2022)

Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815–1920 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2019)


‘Phrenology, correspondence, and the global politics of reform, 1815–1848’, The Historical Journal, 2 (2017), pp. 409-442.

‘National types: the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)’, History of Science, 53 (2015), pp. 264-295.

‘Sounding in silence: men, machines and the changing environment of naval discipline, 1796–1815’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 48 (2015), pp. 213-232.

‘Forgotten dreams: recalling the patient in British psychotherapy, 1945–1960’, Medical History, 59 (2015), pp. 241-254.


‘Sebastian Conrad, What is Global History? (Princeton, NJ, 2016)’, Itinerario, 40 (2016), pp. 334-335.

‘William Burns, The Scientific Revolution in Global Perspective (Oxford, 2015)’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 48 (2015), pp. 689-690.

‘David Lambert, Mastering the Niger: James MacQueen's African Geography and the Struggle over Atlantic Slavery (Chicago, 2013)’, Reviews in History, review no. 1655 (2014).

‘Bernard Lightman, Gordon McOuat, and Larry Stewart (eds), The Circulation of Knowledge between Britain, India and China (Brill, 2013)’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 47 (2014), pp. 567-569.


‘Five millennia of Indian science’, Nature, 18 October 2017.

‘Victorian phrenology’, BBC History Magazine, 3 December 2015.

‘Skulls in print’, University of Cambridge: Research News, 19 February 2014.

‘Django Unchained and phrenology’, The Guardian, 5 February 2013.

‘Letters of Alfred Russel Wallace go online’, Nature, 23 January 2013.

‘Mathematics: a life computed’, Nature, 21 June 2012.

‘Big science in a big world’, Physics World, 30 September 2011.

‘From Arabick Roots to the Arab Spring’, The Guardian, 25 July 2011.