Robert Michael Brain specializes in the history of science, technology, and medicine, and European cultural history.
He is the author of The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015), and over sixty articles, chapters, and reviews. He co-edited Varieties of Empathy in Science, Art, and Culture, a special edition of Science in Context 25 (2012); and Han Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science (2007). He was co-curator of two innovative exhibitions: Empires of Physics and 1900: The New Age, at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge.
Before coming to UBC, Robert Brain taught at Harvard and Stanford universities. He has held fellowships with the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, the Free University of Berlin, the Zentrum fur Literatur und Kulturforschung Berlin, and the University of Uppsala. Brain received a Ph.D. in History from UCLA, an M.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert M. Brain is co-editor of the Routledge book series Science, Technology, and Culture 1700-1950. https://www.routledge.com/series/STAC
(Cross-listed with PHIL 260) An introduction to the historical development, conceptual foundations, and cultural significance of contemporary science. Themes will vary from year to year. HIST 220 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.
Formerly HIST 461. Explores relationships between politics, culture, and social change in Europe. Topics include the changing role of intellectuals: literary aestheticism, painting, design and the city, origins of psychology.
The cultural contexts and consequences of science and nineteenth century technology. European and North American developments.
Special Topics in History: Histories of the Anthropocene