Emily Kern is a historian of modern global science who specializes in the history of human evolution and paleoanthropology. She is currently at work on a book about the long history of the African origins hypothesis and the search for the cradle of humankind. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge about the human species and the production of global political power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2012) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 2018, M.A. 2014).
2020 Ronald Rainger Early Career Award in the History of the Earth and Environmental Sciences, History of Science Society.
2019 DHST Dissertation Prize, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Division of History of Science and Technology).
2017-2018 Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University.
2017-2018 Dean's Completion Fellowship/Postgraduate Research Associate Fellowship, Princeton University.
2016-2017 Laurence S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.