Emily Kern

Graduate Prize Fellow

Emily Kern is a fifth year graduate student in the Program in History of Science in the Department of History. Her dissertation studies the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the “out of Asia” and “out of Africa” theories of human origins in the global twentieth century, tracing how the development of both scientific practice and theory were conditioned by cultural narratives and political realities, and in particular how scientists, politicians, and laypeople began to think of modern humans as a singular, unified species with a shared history from a certain place. Before coming to Princeton, Emily received a B.A. with honors in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania.