Thomas H. Broman

Position title: Professor Emeritus, Department of History


Thomas Broman

Languages: English, German.

Research Interests: Science and medicine in the Enlightenment; the role of science in the public sphere; 18th-century German intellectual and cultural history.

Education: Ph.D. Princeton University; M.A. Princeton University; M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; A.B. Ripon College.

Departments: Department of the History of Science (departmental profile here).

Selected Publications:
Lynn K. Nyhart and Thomas Broman (eds.), Science and Civil Society (Osiris, Volume 17) (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Thomas H. Broman, The Transformation of German Academic Medicine, 1750-1820 (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Book Sections
“Matter, Force, and the Christian Worldview in the Enlightenment” section in David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers (eds.), When Science and Christianity Meet (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

“The Medical Sciences” section in Roy Porter, ed., The Cambridge History of Science: Eighteenth-Century Science, Vol. 4 (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Thomas Broman, “Metaphysics for an Enlightened Public: The Controversy over Monads in Germany, 1746-1748,” Isis 103:1 (2012), 1-23.

Thomas Broman, “The Semblance of Transparency: Expertise as a Social Good and an Ideology in Enlightened Societies,” Osiris 27 (2012), 188-208.

Thomas H. Broman, “The Habermasian Public Sphere and ‘Science in the Enlightenment,'” History of Science 36 (1998), 123-149.

Thomas H. Broman, “Rethinking Professionalization: Theory, Practice, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century German Medicine,” The Journal of Modern History 67 (1995), 835-872.