Danielle Picard is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe with research interests in the history of human sciences, science communication, history of the body, and the digital humanities. Her dissertation examined the development of industrial psychology as a scientific discipline in Great Britain and its relationship to contemporary issues of labor, scientific discourse, and disability in interwar Europe.
She currently holds an appointment as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the History Department at Vanderbilt University, where she serves as the administrator of the Vanderbilt History Seminar.
Danielle’s keen interest in Digital Humanities and Digital History stem from her years working as a programmer and website/graphics designer in industry. There, she used her skills in programming and research to help design sonar systems that could detect and track marine mammals based on their vocalizations. Her current projects include GIS mapping, network analysis, and digital timelines.
Danielle is a dedicated and award-winning scholar and teacher. She has won teaching awards from both the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Rochester. She received two Graduate Teaching Fellowships from Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching to develop programming for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty on research-based pedagogy.
Her research has been supported by a variety of fellowships and research/travel grants including from the National Science Foundation, the History of Science Society, the Central European History Society, and the HASTAC Scholar award from the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. She was awarded the Willson Coates Book Prize for research from the University of Rochester. She received a dissertation completion fellowship from the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Her service includes organizing several THATCamps (including for the History of Science Society and Vanderbilt University) and multiple regional, local, and graduate conferences and workshops (including the Southern History of Science and Technology Conference, a workshop on marine and sub-marine histories, and several graduate conferences). She served two terms as President of Vanderbilt’s History of Science and Medicine Society (2016-2018).
She received her Ph.D. in History at Vanderbilt University in 2018, an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester (2012) and her B.A. in History and Psychology from Rollins College (2008).
You can find her on Twitter @DRPicardHIS.