Whitney Laemmli

Lecturer in History Columbia University

Whitney Laemmli received her PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Her research explores data recording and storage, the body, and the interactions between technical practice, artistic endeavor, and politics in the twentieth-century United States and Europe. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Choreography of Everyday Life: Labanotation and the Making of Modern Movement, which explores how a tool developed to record dance on paper in Weimar Germany found new life in the corporate boardrooms, robotics laboratories, and psychiatric hospitals of the mid-century U.S. and U.K. Other projects have investigated the material history of the ballet pointe shoe, the sexual rehabilitation of paraplegic World War II veterans, and the scientific study of primate art-making behavior. She has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the ACLS/Mellon Foundation. Her work has appeared in Technology and Culture, Osiris, and Limn.