Dr. Brooke Penaloza-Patzak, MA BFA


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Room: O2.29 (main building, staircase VI)
Telephone: +43-1-4277-413 26
Office hours: by arrangement
Email: penaloza.patzak@univie.ac.at




  • 2018 Dr. phil. (Geschichte, Universität Wien)
  • 2011 MA (Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center)
  • 2006 BFA (Fine Art, Alfred University New York State College of Ceramics)

Research interests

  • History of scientific, indigenous, and vernacular knowledge
  • History of biogeography
  • Classification, the concept of „Race,“ and hierarchies of value
  • Epistemologies of material evidence
  • History of migration
  • Museum anthropology, collecting, and collections
  • Methods in material culture

Third-Party-Funded Projects

  • Projekt: Beringia: Material Evidence, Praxis and the Shape of Science
    (FWF Schrödinger Stipendium 2020-2023)
  • Buchprojekt: With Objects at Hand: Developing Early Anthropology, A
    Transnational History (ÖAW PostDOC-Track Stipendium) 2/2020-7/2020

Selected Publications

  • “Of Scientists and Specimens: Early Anthropology Networks in and
    between Nations and the Natural and Human Sciences,” in Handbook on the History of the Human Sciences, David McCallum (ed.) Singapore: Palgrave, 2022, 1651-1678
  • “Friends in Deed: Allied in the Interwar Struggle for ‘German’ Science
    and Art,” in Academies and World War I: The Aftermath [special issue] Acta Historical Leopoldina, Robert Fox and Wolfgang U. Eckart (eds.) 78
    (2021): 139-160.
  • “Capital Collections, Complex Systems: Vienna, Berlin, and
    Ethnographic Specimen Exchange in Trans-National fin desiècle Scientific Networks,” in Science in the Metropolis. Mitchell Ash (ed.). Abingdon,
    Oxon: Routledge., 2020, 152-171.
  • “An Emissary from Berlin: Franz Boas and the Smithsonian Institution,
    1887,” in: Museum Anthropology 41(1) (2018): 30-45.