William Lynch

William Lynch

Associate Professor

313-577-2525 (fax)


3161 Faculty/Administration Building

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William Lynch



Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 1996

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Environmental History
  • History of Evolutionary Science


The New Sciences of Cultural Evolution

The Science and Politics of Chemical and Radiological Hazards in the Twentieth Century

Dissent and Diversity in Science


  • Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.A., Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 1993
  • M.S., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, 1989
  • B.S., Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1987

Selected publications

“Imre Lakatos and the Inexhaustible Atom: The Hidden Marxist Roots of History and Philosophy of Science,” Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 55 (3), 2018, 25-34.

“After the Gold Rush: Cleaning Up after Steve Fuller’s Theosis,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 48 (5), 2018, 505–523.

"Cultural Evolution and Social Epistemology: A Darwinian Alternative to Steve Fuller’s Theodicy of Science." Social Epistemology, 31 (2), 2017, 224-34.

“Second-Guessing Scientists and Engineers: Post Hoc Criticism and the Reform of Practice in Green Chemistry and Engineering,” Science and Engineering Ethics, 21 (5), 2015, 1217-40.

“Thresholds of Change: Why Didn’t Green Chemistry Happen Sooner,” Technology’s Stories, Society for the History of Science, 3 (1): April 2015, http://www.technologystories.org.

Currently teaching

  • HIS 1995, Nature and Societal Transitions (3 cr.)
  • HIS 3585/HIS 5585, Science, Technology, and Society (3 cr.)
  •  HIS 5540/7540: World Environmental History since 1900 (4 cr.)

Citation index

  • 475 citations (Google Scholar)