Jane Maienschein

University Professor of History of Science; Regents’, President’s, and Parents Association Professor; Dir., Center for Biology and Society; Faculty Leader, Human Dimensions; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist
Jane Maienschein
Phone: (480) 965-6105
Office: LSC 284, Lab: LSC 250
Education: PhD, Indiana University
Curriculum Vitae: PDF icon Maienschein cv July 2015.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions

Jane Maienschein specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. They analyze epistemological standards, theories, and laboratory practices and combine that with their studies of people and institutions, as well as the changing social, political, and legal context in which science thrives.

She served as fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives during the 105th Congress. Maienschein has filled many leadership roles at ASU and with professional societies, panels with NIH, NSF, NEH and committees at the National Academy of Sciences. Founder and director of the Biology and Society Program and Center, Maienschein promotes education and research at the intersection of biological science and society.

Select Publications

  • With Manfred Laubichler and JuergenRenn, “Computational Perspectives in the History of Science: To the Memory of Peter Damerow,” Isis (2013) 104:119-130. 
  • With Manfred Laubichler, “Developmental Evolution,” in Michael Ruse, editor, Darwin Encyclopedia    (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 375-382.
  • With Manfred Laubichler, “Charles Gillispie in the Digital Age,” in Jed Buchwald, editor, Charles Gillispie: A Master of Science History (Springer, 2012), pp. 37-45.
  • “History and Philosophy of Science at Work: Making Regenerative Medicine Research Better,” in Seymour Mauskopf and Tad Schmaltz, editors, Integrating History and Philosophy of Science: Problems and Prospects (Springer, 2012), 201-220.
  • “Human Dimensions of Biology,” in William Sims Bainbridge, editor, Leadership in Science and Technology (Sage Publications, 2012), pp. 504-511.
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  • Botany course 1845-1928
    Coolidge, Baldwin, 1845-1928, "Botany Course Photograph, 1895, Collecting Specimens". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (1895). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/3479.