Ellen Abrams

Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University
Visiting Scholar, Cornell Tech

I am a historian of science and mathematics, specializing in science and technology studies, critical data studies, women’s and gender studies, and American cultural history. My current research examines new forms of organizing in data-driven “open science.” I teach across a variety of fields and enjoy working with students to understand different forms of knowledge—whether historical or scientific—as active and ongoing.

PhD, Cornell University 2020


“An Inalienable Prerogative of a Liberated Spirit: Postulating American Mathematics.” British Journal for the History of Mathematics (2020): 1-21.
“‘Indebted to No One’: Grounding and Gendering the Self-Made Mathematician.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 50, no. 3 (2020): 217-247.
Emergent Unfairness in Algorithmic Fairness-Accuracy Trade-Off Research with A. F. Cooper. Proceedings of the 2021 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (2021): 46-54.