Vera Keller, Department of History

Vera Keller

Professor and Department Head
Practice Areas: History of Science, Modern Europe, History of Technology

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Vera Keller is an academic expert in the history of science and technology and modern Europe. Her research explores the origins of modern science in early modern Europe from several different perspectives: the relationship between art, craft, and experimentation; curiosity; wishlists and futurism; the history of entrepreneurship and "projects"; the relationship between science, technology and politics; the history of economic ideas, specifically cameralism, and its role in making the modern scientific disciplines; scientific rhetoric; the origins of museums and research libraries; and knowledge management techniques. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in Intellectual and Cultural History.

Recent Media:
Oregon community raises over 400K to save family-owned amusement park (PBS NewsHour, April 5, 2021)
Curious: The history of curiosity itself (Jefferson Public Radio, Dec. 14, 2018)
Before Nobels: Gifts to and from rich patrons were early science’s currency (The Conversation, Oct. 4, 2016)
Curious Science (Oregon Quarterly, winter 2013)