Professor Nathan Kapoor

Nathan Kapoor,  Office: MAK D-1-221, Office Phone #(616) 331-8597 

Visiting Assistant Professor


Fields: History of Energy and Electrification, Colonialism, Engineering History, and Women and Gender Studies

Degrees: Ph.D., History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Oklahoma (2019)

Professor Kapoor teaches classes in the history of science and medicine. He specializes in the history of electric power technologies in the British Empire. His current book project examines the relationship between electrification and colonialism in New Zealand between the 19th and 21st centuries. Some of his other research and teaching projects include the history of “alternative” energy systems and engineering history and ethics.


Recent Publications:

Formally Accepted with Routledge Press, “Technology, Empire, and Environment,” Routledge History of Science and Empire, Andrew Goss ed. Expected Early 2021.

"Who Has Seen the Wind": Imagining Wind Power for the Generation of Electricity in Victorian Britain,” Technology and Culture 60, no. 2 (2019): 467-493.

“New Zealand’s Dragon Lady of Paleontology,” Lady Science, April 2018,

“Batteries Not Included,” Technology Stories, August 2017

“X-ing Site Y: Manhattan's Portrayal of Women at Los Alamos,” Lady Science, February 2015,