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Daniela Barberis

Assistant Professor in the Shimer Great Books School


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Daniela Barberis is on the faculty of the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College, where she has taught in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago and held several post-doctoral fellowships, including at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She also taught at several large state schools, including Ohio State, Iowa State and Michigan State, until finding her academic home at Shimer College in 2011. 

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Selected Scholarship

“The Année sociologique as Training Ground for Sociology: Durkheim, Mauss, and the Art of Book Reviewing in fin de siècle France,” in A Global History of Research Education: Disciplines, Institutions and Nations, 1840-1950. Special issue of History of Universities, XXXIV, 1(2021). Edited by Ku-Ming Chang and Alan Rocke. Oxford University Press, August 2021, pp. 108-129. 

“Philosophy: Epistemological Debates and Bergson,” in The Cambridge History of French Thought, Edited by Michael Moriarty and Jeremy Jennings. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

"Sociology," in The Cambridge History of French Thought, Edited by Michael Moriarty and Jeremy Jennings. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

“Hysteria in the Male: Images of Masculinity in Late 19th Century France,” in Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Disability and Masculinity, Edited by Kathleen Brian and James Trent. Oxford University Press, September 2017.

“In Search of an Object: Organicist Sociology and the Reality of Society in Fin-de-Siècle France.” History of the Human Sciences, 16 (2003): 51-72

“Moral Education for the Elite of Democracy: The classe de philosophie Between Sociology and Philosophy.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 38 (2002): 355-369.

“Changing Practices of Commemoration in Neurology: Comparing Charcot's 1925 and 1993 Centennials.” Osiris, 14 (1999): 102-117. Commemorative Practices in Science: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Collective Memory. Edited by Pnina G. Abir-Am and Clark A. Elliot.

Courses Taught

The Dark Side of Evolution: From Social Darwinism to Sociobiology

Integrative Studies: Ancient to Early Modern World


From Pre-Modern Science to the Chemical Revolution

Classics in the History and Philosophy of Science

Evolution, Classification and Animal Behavior

Methodology of the Social Sciences

Society, Culture and Personality

Literature of the Ancient World

Integrative Studies: Classical Rome to Middle Ages

Integrative Studies: Ancient Mesopotamia to Classical Athens

Science Today