James Hull

James HullDr. James Hull
Associate Professor of History
The University of British Columbia
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 1V7

Office: ART 247
Phone: (250) 807-9414
Email: james.hull@ubc.ca

History of Science and Technology
My work lies in the borderland between the history of science and the history of technology. The areas which interest me include such things as the histories of industrial research, applied chemistry, engineering education, technical standards and the role of technical experts in democratic societies. Because of this, while I sometimes address myself to historians of science or technology I just as often find myself talking to historians of education, urban historians, economic historians or both business and labour historians. I like that; it always forces me to consider why those who might not be interested in my particular topic might be convinced of its importance anyway. About half the time I write on Canadian topics and about half the time on U.S., European or transnational topics. My teaching is mostly on the history of science and technology with occasional forays into U.S. and Canadian history and methodology.  I am also an Affiliate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, with rank of Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Editorial Board of Left History. As of January 2011 I was named Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Canadensis, the journal of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association.


  • B.Sc. (Hons) University of Toronto (1977)
  • M.A., University of Toronto (1980)
  • Ph.D., York University (1986)

Teaching -- courses I teach include:

HIST 112 Canada Since 1876

HIST 215 Technology in History

HIST 218 History of Science

HIST 308 The Scientific Revolution

HIST 309 The Rise of Modern Science

HIST 331 The United States, 1865-1896

HIST 460 Topics in Technology and Society in History

HIST 492 History, Theory and Method

The latter two are sometimes co-listed as IGS graduate courses.

Recent Publications

“WW1 and the Development of Scientific and Industrial Research in Canadian Universities” in P.J. Stortz and Lisa Panayotidis Canadian Universities and War: Culture, Community, and Conflict (forthcoming)

"Let Freeness Ring: The Canadian Standard Freeness Tester as Hegemonic Engine". Spontaneous Generations. 4, #1 (2010).  

"Elephant Hunters Inspecting Concrete Sidewalks: Engineering Expertise in Toronto's Age of Municipal Reform". Ontario History. 100.2 (Autumn 2008): 205 - 220.

"The Expert Professor: C.R. Young and the Toronto Building Code". Spontaneous Generations. 1.1 (2007): 86 - 94.

Entries on: "factories", "hydroelectricity", "nylon" in Russell Lawson (ed) Research and Discovery: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science. (M.E. Sharpe. 2008).

"Bernhard Edward Fernow" entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol. XV (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).

“Talking Numbers: Deconstructing Engineering Discourse,” in Jeff Keshen and Sylvie Perrier (eds.): Building New Bridges / Bâtir de nouveaux ponts (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press: 2005) 

Working with Figures: Industrial Measurement as Hegemonic Discourse Left History 9 (Fall/Winter 2003)

“Raising Standards: Public Works and Industrial Practice in Interwar Ontario” Scientia Canadensis 25 (June 2003)

“Technical Standards and the Integration of the U.S. and Canadian Economies,” The American Review of Canadian Studies (Spring 2002) 

I administer two Flickr groups dealing with the history of science and technology: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1300443@N22/  http://www.flickr.com/groups/1377649@N22/

And here I am talking about Darwin:


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