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Paola Govoni

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Academic discipline: M-STO/05 History of Science and Technology

Short Bio

Paola is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna and she obtained the Abilitazione as Professor of the History of Science (ASN 2016). Focusing on the roles of men and women in science since the diffusion and appropriation of Darwinism, Paola is now exploring how history, science, and science studies can contribute together to a better understanding of recent “gendered science”.

Her recent representative publications are: 

Hearsay, Not-So-Big Data, and Choice: On Understanding Science and Maths by Looking at Men Who Supported Women, in Against All Odds: Women’s Ways to Mathematical Research Since 1800, ed. by Eva Kaufholz-Soldat and Nicola Oswald, Springer, 2020.

The Importance of Being Quantified: Herbert Spencer in Liberal Italy (1870s-1910s), and Beyond, in Global Spencerism, edited by B. V. Lightman, Boston: Brill, 2016, pp. 218-240.

Challenging the Backlash: Women Science Students in Italian Universities (1870s-2000s), in Sciences in the Universities of Europe, 19th and 20th century, edited by A. Simões, K. Gavroglu, M. P. Diogo, Boston: Springer, 2015, pp. 69-88.

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