Lucas Mueller

Lucas Mueller

Postdoctoral Researcher


PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019)

Research interests

Lucas Mueller works at the intersection of the history of science, environmental history, and international history. His research analyzes the interplay of science, politics, economics, and the environment, focusing on institutions and practices of international research in the postcolonial world. He studies how experts, civil servants, and other participants shaped scientific knowledge and governance and other forms of science-based politics. He conducted archival and oral history research in Europe, India, Kenya, and the United States as well as at international organizations. He also draws on methods in science and technology studies. Lucas is currently completing a book on the global history of food contaminants since 1960 and published on the history of cancer epidemiology in BioSocieties.

Lucas received a PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds degrees in chemistry from ETH Zurich and in history of science, medicine, and technology from Imperial College London and University College London. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the Science History Institute (Philadelphia), and the Social Science Research Council.

Recent publications

Mueller, Lucas M. “Cancer in the Tropics: Geographical Pathology and the Formation of Cancer Epidemiology.” BioSocieties, May 14, 2019, 1–17. ([PDF])

Caduff, Carlo, Mac Skelton, Dwaipayan Banerjee, Darja Djordjevic, Marissa Mika, Lucas Mueller, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, and Cecilia Van Hollen. “Analysis of Social Science Research Into Cancer Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Improving Global Cancer Control Through Greater Interdisciplinary Research.” Journal of Global Oncology, no. 4 (June 15, 2018): 1–9.