Karl Hall

Chair, Science Studies steering committee
Academic Rank: 
Associate Professor
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Karl Hall joined the History Department in 2003, where he teaches courses on Central and East European intellectual history. Trained at Harvard University as a historian of science, he has written primarily about Soviet physics. His research interests include industrial laboratories, intellectual property, and tacit knowledge; post-1945 transformations of East European scientific institutions; Western scientists as anthropologists and critics of the Soviet experiment; the history of the race concept in imperial Russia; national cultural historiographies of science in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Russia (as well as Austria and Germany) before 1945. Hall has held fellowships at the Dibner Institute (MIT) and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Berlin).

  • Visiting research fellow, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, 2006-2007.
  • Ragnar Holm Plaque for best dissertation in history of physics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, 2004.
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, 1999-2000.
  • Dibner Institute Graduate Fellowship, 1995–1996.
  • Graduate Society Fellowship, Harvard University, Spring 1995.
  • Graduate fellowship, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Moscow, 1993–1994.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1990–1993.
  • Merle Fainsod Prize Fellowship, Russian Research Center, 1990.
  • U.S./U.S.S.R. Exchange Scholarship, Institute for International Education (New York City), 1989–1990.


Harvard University - Ph.D., History of Science, June 1999
Moscow State University - Postgraduate exchange student, physics department, 1989–1990
Stanford University - B.S., Physics, 1989; B.A., History, with honors, 1989