About

I am an interdisciplinary scholar with training in art history, anthropology, and the history of science, technology, and medicine. Completing a Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, my research explores the economic and ecological relationships humans build with non-human animals. My teaching interests span across science and technology studies, food studies, the environmental and medical humanities, and research methodology in history and ethnography.welk-joerger headshot 2019

At Temple University, I completed a dual B.A. in art history and anthropology while completing competitive internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the City of Philadelphia. I received an M.A. in anthropology at Brandeis University, shifting my focus from public art to public science and completing a master’s paper on scientific and technological adoption among Amish dairy farmers.

My current research, narrating the development of the animal feed industry in the United States, has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Hagley Museum and Library, the Scientific Instrument Society, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, and Penn’s Wolf Humanities Center and Program for the Environmental Humanities (PPEH).

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