Professor Joe Cain
STS Head of Department
UCL Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology
Joe's an expert in the history of evolutionary biology, especially Darwin and Darwinism, and his research interests range from romantic collaborations in modern science to the famous dinosaur statues in London's Crystal Palace. In 2009 he published a new edition of Darwin's Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (Penguin) and a collection of essays on new trends in the history of Darwinism, Descended from Darwin (American Philosophical Society).
In 2016, Joe ended his "Film Nights" series, a 10+ year collaboration with UCL Grant Museum of Zoology that showed, for free, classic and obscure films related to the history of natural history. Films included “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “The Blob,” “The Lost World,” “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,” and the shamefully popular “Attack of the Killer Shrews”. This series served as a setting to develop a new model for public engagement in the cinema. (more...)
Joe has won one international and two UCL teaching awards. He has received one academic award for photography. In 2012, Joe also was awarded UCL's Public Engagement Unit's award for the head of department who has shown the strongest commitment to culture change in their area of responsibility with respect to public engagement. He also has received special commendations from UCL's Provost for his extensive public engagement activity. (more...)
Joe tweets as @profjoecain
Prof Joe Cain's research interests include the history of evolutionary studies (especially the synthesis period in evolutionary studies), Darwin and Darwinism, history of science in London, and history of natural history.
- Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (more...)
- Brown Dog and the statue in Battersea Park (more...)
- Evolution: A Journal of Nature (more...)
Teaching for 2016-17
Undergraduate module leader
HPSC3051 Zoos in Science and Culture (more...)
Masters module leader
HPSCGA24 Science in the Nineteenth Century (not offered in 2016-17)
Prof Joe Cain supervises numerous students on subjects in history and philosophy of biology (more...).
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