**Ellen Abrams**

Postdoctoral Fellow

Humanities Scholars Program

Cornell University

ema85@cornell.edu

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2020

M.A., Cornell University, 2017

B.S., Northwestern University, 2011

*I am a historian of mathematics who specializes in Science and Technology Studies and American cultural history. My current book project, *Making Mathematics American*, examines the intersection of gender, professionalization, and abstraction during the early-twentieth-century growth of mathematics in the United States. By examining the technical development of modern mathematics alongside popular, administrative, and biographical sources, I show that while the foundational definition of mathematics was at stake around the turn of the century, so too were conceptions of what counted as mathematical work, who counted as a mathematician, and how each was thought to contribute to American society. *Making Mathematics American* points to the simultaneous consolidation and constriction of the category “mathematician” during the early twentieth century. In my next project, I establish an inverted counterpart to the first by examining the postwar expansion of the category “mathematician” and related attempts to diversify the mathematics profession during the Cold War.*

**Recent Publications**

“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.

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