Cain, Joe

Head of Department, and
Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology

Prof 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.

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about Joe Cain

This page provides biographical information about Dr Joe Cain.

Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology

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0207 679 3041 office
+44 207 679 3041 international
J.Cain@ucl.ac.uk
www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/cain
Twitter: @profjoecain
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Department of Science and Technology Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT UK

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short biography

Joe Cain is Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology at University College London, and he is Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies. He arrived at UCL in 1996. 

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). 

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 activties. 

2013-14 departmental duties

  • STS Head of Department
  • STS Website Manager

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Joe's research interests include the history of evolutionary studies, history of American science, and history of natural history. He also has expertise in Darwin, Darwinism, and the history of science in London.

Joe is an Associate Editor of British Journal for the History of Science. Joe also is Director of the Voices Project and the Centre for the History of Evolutionary Studies (CHES). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of the History of Biology and of Studies in the History of Biology (Russian). Joe is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He is past-president of the Society for the History of Natural History, has been Editor of BSHS Monographs and Associate Editor of Archives of Natural History, and has served on the Council of the Linnean Society, the British Society for the History of Science and the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science. Joe also is past-chair of the Advisory Board for the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies for the HE Academy. He is editor for Euston Grove Press.

Joe has won several teaching awards:
2008 MAPS Faculty Teaching Award, UCL
2007 Joseph Hazen Education Prize, History of Science Society (link)
2001 MAPS Faculty Teaching Award, UCL

Joe also won the 2012 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.

Joe uses photography to advance learning in his subjects. His photograph "connecting threads" won the BSHS OEC Image Prize for 2007 (link). He also regularly contributes to UCL's Research Images competition (2008; 2007; 2006; judge in 2009-13 with one exception).

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Professor Joe Cain
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies