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Kathryn Maxson Jones

Kathryn Maxson Jones

Assistant Professor // History

Kathryn Maxson Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of History. Her interests span the histories of science, technology, and medicine and related policy issues. Her historical research focuses on 20th-century neuroscience, electronics, and regenerative biology and on intersections between biology and artificial intelligence. Her past historical work has examined the histories of genomics, DNA sequencing, and data-sharing policies. Dr. Maxson Jones also maintains an active research program examining challenges and concerns related to sharing human data within the US BRAIN Initiative.

Dr. Maxson Jones holds a B.S. in Biology from Duke University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Science from Princeton University. For the academic year 2022-2023, she will be completing a research position in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she helps run a neuroethics study, BRAINshare: Sharing Data in BRAIN Initiative Studies (NIH, R01MH126937). Beginning in August 2023, her teaching in the Department of History will focus on the histories of technology and science.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Maxson Jones enjoys running, watching others run track and field on television, cooking, and playing with her Shih Tzu, Lilly.