Critical Approaches in Science, Technology, and Medicine (CAST-M) Masters Program


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CAST-M is a new pathway to encourage doctoral student diversity in the fields of science studies, medical humanities, history of science and technology, and history of medicine. We aim to recruit and support emerging scholars from backgrounds that are traditionally marginalized in STEM-adjacent humanities fields. As a special track in the MA program in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, we strongly welcome applicants critically engaging with science, medicine, technology, and engineering, their intersections with questions of race, gender, sexuality and colonialism, as well as in the Global South and in communities subject to systemic discrimination. A focus on the relevance of these histories to STEM-adjacent humanities fields offers urgently-relevant insights into the production and reproduction of race, gender, sexuality, and colonialism in everyday life.

This competitively-funded MA program provides students with training in different disciplines within science studies, and the opportunity to work with faculty to develop their independent research. It also supports students applying to Ph.D. programs at Hopkins and beyond. 

Funding opportunities, including full scholarship with stipends, will be available. Admitted students will be affiliated with the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Program on Medicine, Science, and the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Applicants must have a BA or equivalent degree by the time of admission. To apply, please submit:

  • A letter of intent between two to three pages, single-spaced, describing your research interests and previous experience.
  • A writing sample of no less than eight pages and up to 15 pages of continuous prose.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Finalists will be requested to submit names of three references who can write letters supporting their candidacy.

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

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