Teaching Fellows

Lily Huang

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Lily Huang

Area of Study

Department of History

Lily Huang

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Lily Huang is an MA Teaching Fellow specializing in History and History of Science. She earned a PhD in History of Science from the University of Chicago and an AB in History and Literature from Harvard University.

Lily is interested in how different kinds of knowledge are made, in different historical contexts, by different investigative practices and modes of perception. She is particularly interested in studying language as a reservoir of past knowledge and past perception. In her dissertation, “Metaphor and Metaphysic: The Materials of Henri Bergson’s Philosophy,” she examined metaphors as historical artifacts, showing how the fin-de-siècle philosopher Henri Bergson perceived and reasoned in metaphor to produce a new kind of empirical knowledge for the sciences of mind and body.

In 2021-22, Lily will offer two courses for students in MAPSS and the College: in winter, A History of Attention, and in spring, Sleuths: Methods of Detection in the Historical Sciences.