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De Jong Lambert, William

William deJong-Lambert is a Historian of Science whose research focuses on evolution and heredity. In 2009 and 2012 he organized the first-ever workshops devoted to the history of Lysenkoism, and has since gone on to publish widely on the evolutionary synthesis of genetics and natural selection.

Ph.D. in History and Comparative Education, Columbia University
Certificate in East Central European Studies, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
M.A. in English Literature, Claremont Graduate University
B.F.A. in Creative Writing, Emerson College

Recent Courses Taught:
HIS 10 History of the Modern World
FYS First Year Seminar

Research Interests:
History of genetics in Brazil, Geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
  • 2 Fulbright Awards
  • National Science Foundation Grant 
  • American Philosophical Society Grant
  • American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship
  • Rockefeller Foundation Grant
  • U.S. Department of Education Grant

Select Publications:
  • The Cold War Politics of Genetic Research: An Introduction to the Lysenko Affair. The Netherlands: Springer, 2012.
  • “‘…this Brazilian venture…’: A Brief Biography of Theodosius Dobzhansky Before His Arrival in Brazil,” Filosofia e História da Biologia 15/2 (2020): 257-288.
  • “The Difference Between No. 1 1928 and No. 1 1930 is Great Indeed: Theodosius Dobzhansky's Self-Imposed Exile from Soviet Russia,” History of Communism in Europe. Edited by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. 9/2018 (2020): 15-39.
  • “What Was so Upsetting about the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics? W.L. Tower, C.H. Waddington and Evolution of the Evolutionary Synthesis,” Studies in the History of Biology 10/1 (2018): 9-22.
  • “J.B.S. Haldane and Лысенковщина (Lysenkovschina),” Journal of Genetics 96/5 (2017): 837-844.
  • deJong-Lambert, William and Nikolai Krementsov, eds. The Lysenko Controversy as a Global Phenomenon, 2 volumes (New York, London: Palgrave Macmillan: 2017).
  • “Hermann J. Muller, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Leslie Clarence Dunn, and the Reaction to Lysenkoism in the United States,” Journal of Cold War Studies 15/1 (2013): 78-118.
  • deJong-Lambert, William and Nikolai Krementsov, eds. The International Response to the Lysenko Affair. The Journal of the History of Biology. The Netherlands: Springer 45/3 (2012).
  • “Lysenkoism in Poland,” The Journal of the History of Biology 45/3 (2012): 499-524.
  • “Biological Utopias East and West: Trofim D. Lysenko and His Critics.” Divided Dreamworlds – The Cultural Cold War in East and West. ed. Joes Segal. Amsterdam, Holland: Amsterdam University Press, 2012. 33-52.

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