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Patricia Princehouse

Short Bio

Patricia Princehouse teaches Evolutionary Biology, and the History
& Philosophy of Science at Case Western Reserve University. She
earned her PhD at Harvard University, working with Stephen Jay
Gould.



Longer Bio

Patricia Princehouse teaches Evolutionary Biology, and the History
& Philosophy of Science at
Case Western Reserve University,
where she is co-director of the College Scholars Program, and has
won many teaching awards.

Originally from Dayton, OH, Princehouse earned a Masters in
Biological Anthropology from
Yale, and her PhD at Harvard
University, working with Everett Mendelsohn, Richard Lewontin,
and
Stephen Jay Gould. Her scientific work concerns primate
evolution, and she has done museum and fieldwork in North
America, Europe, and Africa.


Recently she has turned to the digital organisms of "artificial life"
programs as a way of testing elements of evolutionary theory.


Princehouse's historical and philosophical
work concerns concepts
and controversies in macroevolutionary theory, and more broadly,
how scientific thinking differs from other forms of knowledge
production. Her dissertation reperiodized the history of
evolutionary thought since Darwin, and clarified the actors and
characteristics of the hitherto unrecognized German Synthesis and
its impact on late twentieth-century models of evolution and
extinction.

Believing firmly that academics must not isolate themselves from
the public square, Princehouse has become a major voice in the
struggle to secure the integrity of science education in America's
public schools. Interviewed frequently in the national and
international press, Princehouse helped found
Ohio Citizens for
Science and Help Ohio Public Education. She serves on the board
of these and other organizations, including the
Campaign to Defend
the Constitution, and helped advise the plaintiffs' legal team in the
2005
Kitzmiller v Dover trial. Her work has won recognition and
awards including Ohio Magazine's Educational Excellence Award,
the 2006 Hefner First Amendment Award, and the 2003 "Friend of
Darwin" Award from the
National Center for Science Education.

Princehouse lives in Chardon, OH with her husband,
Colin McLarty,
a small flock of Shetland sheep, and her Great Pyrenees and
Pyrenean Shepherd dogs.