Bio


Marie Burks is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University. She received her PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society from MIT in 2017. She holds a BA from Harvard University, where she majored in History and Science.

Marie’s research and teaching interests lie in U.S. history, the history of science, and intellectual history. Her dissertation examines how certain social scientists working in American universities conceptualized social conflict in the decades following World War II. It is a study in the politics of knowledge, asking what it meant for academic social scientists to theorize about conflict in an era of purported consensus.

Marie has taught courses in history, history of science, and science and technology studies at MIT and Harvard. At Stanford, she teaches “THINK 61: Living with Viruses” and “THINK 60: American Enemies.”

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

2018-19 Courses