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‘Materials of the Mind’ by Dr James Poskett Wins the 2020 SSHA President’s Book Prize

Dr James Poskett, Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology, has been awarded the 2020 President’s Book Prize by the Social Science History Association for Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815–1920 (Chicago, 2019).


This prize is "awarded annually for a meritorious first work by an early-career scholar. Entrants are judged on scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach, and methodological innovativeness within monographs analyzing past structures and events and change over time.”


Materials of the Mind is a global history of science, race, and the mind in the nineteenth century. It shows how the circulation of skulls, plaster casts, letters and photographs underpinned the emergence of a new materialist philosophy of the mind.