Professor , HIST/LIT/HUSL/HUHI
Office: JO 3.927
Areas of Specialization: History of Science and interdisciplinary Literature and Science studies (especially 17th through 20th centuries); women and science; literature and the environment, including nature writing; scientific biography and autobiography; popularization of science and public education in science and technology; science poetry; interrelations of astronomy, cosmology and literature; Japanese anime and manga; Great Plains literature and culture; "Great Books" of World Cultures.
Education: Dual PhD, History of Science and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
MA, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1984
BA, English and Latin, Math minor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
Dr. Pamela Gossin studies the interdisciplinary interrelations of literature, history and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world, through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Her most recent book, Thomas Hardy's Novel Universe: Astronomy, Cosmology and Gender in the Post-Darwinian World (Ashgate 2007) was nominated for the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, awarded to the best academic book in Literature and Science for 2007, sponsored by the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, as well as the inaugural British Society for Literature and Science book prize.
Dr. Gossin's publications include: An Encyclopedia of Literature and Science (Greenwood Press, 2002), the first interdisciplinary reference work to treat the emergent field of Literature and Science studies; "Literature and Modern Physics" for the Cambridge History of Science, "Aphra Behn" for Biographical Dictionary of Women of Science, chapters on literature and astronomy for the Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution and John Lankford's History of Astronomy; as well as numerous articles and reviews in such journals as Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Journal of British Studies, Women's Studies, Isis, Early Modern Science and Medicine, Humanities in Higher Education, and Clio.
Nationally, she has served on the executive committees of three professional organizations, in three disciplines: the Literature and Science Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA), History of Science Society and the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA).
On campus, Dr. Gossin is the founder and Director of UT Dallas' program in Medical and Scientific Humanities (MaSH) and a member of the North Texas Bioethics Network. She is increasingly involved with STEM education, teaching the Perspectives on Science course as part of the National Science and Math Initiative's UTeach program, designed to improve the training of math and science teachers. She was awarded the Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching at UT Dallas. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the Advisory Board of Mechademia, the world's first academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga (University of Minnesota Press).