Administration and Staffing



Stephen P. Weldon
Stephen has been editor of the Isis Bibliography since 2002. In addition to working on the bibliography, he also studies the relationship between science and culture, especially science and religion in the modern period. His primary research is on science and secular thought in America. He expects his completed manuscript, The Scientific Spirit of American Humanism, to be published in 2016. His work with his graduate assistants on the Isis Bibliography give him daily reasons to be enthusiastic about the upcoming generation of scholars.

Project Manager


Sylwester Ratowt

Sylwester has been associated with the Isis Bibliography since 2002, initially as a graduate assistant, then a technical consultant, finally returning to the front lines to work on the IsisCB project in 2014. Drawing on his training as a librarian and a historian, Sylwester enjoys debating epistemological implications of information organization. He lives in Gainesville, GA where he also teaches history of science in classrooms, hiking through the woods, or wherever he finds a willing audience.

Isis Bibliography Graduate Assistant Staff

Jackson Pope completed his BA in history at Montana State University. While there he worked as a volunteer with The Extreme History Project helping to transcribe oral histories of reservation life from Crow tribal elders as part of the Fort Parker Oral History Project. After graduation he decided to pursue his interests in the history of science and spent a year in independent research in preparation for graduate school. He is particularly interested in the history of amateur science and the relationships between scientists and amateurs. In his master’s thesis, Jackson examined the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology as a space where professional ornithologists and amateur bird watchers interacted as part of a larger community of bird watching. He used this analysis as a means to dismantle narratives of professionalization that separate scientists and the public. Jackson is currently researching recordings made from the 1930s-1960s by Arthur A. Allen, Albert R. Brand, and Peter Paul Kellogg of Cornell University. Their work, along with their interactions with a network of amateur bird song recorders in the 1950s-60s, created the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s famous Library of Natural Sounds, now the largest repository of animal recordings in the world. In conjunction  with this research, he was awarded a 2016 George Miksch Sutton Scholarship from the OU Department of Biology to create a digital online archive of bird song records with assistance from the Fine Arts Library, the Digitization Laboratory, the Department of Biology, and the Digital Scholarship Lab. The archive will be available to researchers through ShareOK, and at other sites as it is developed. In his free time, Jackson states he is far too fond of Lovecraft, terrible sci-fi movies, photography, and carnivorous plants.


Younes Mahdavi


Younes completed his BS in Mathematics at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran) and then earned his MA in the History of Science at the University of Tehran.  His MA research focused on mathematics and astronomy in medieval Islam.  In his master’s thesis, he explored the application of spherical trigonometry in astronomy from the tenth to the,%20Younes%20-%20DeGolyer%202016-2017.pngthirteenth centuries, with a focus on new techniques developed by Islamic and Iranian mathematicians that replaced the techniques of Ptolemy’s Almagest.  In spring 2015, Younes, enrolled in the University of Oklahoma’s PhD program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.  He is interested in the cross-cultural transmission of science between the Islamic world and the Latin West during the middle ages and early modern period.
Past Assistants

Nathan Kapoor, 2014-2016

Carolyn Scearce, 2014-2015

Kirsty Gaither, 2013-2015

Jared Neumann, 2012-2014

Royline Williams-Fontenelle, 2012-2013

John A. Stewart, 2010-2012

Jared Buss, 2010-2012

Kimberly L. Rudolph, 2008-2010
Sam Spence, 2008-2010

Lisa Torres, 2006-2008

Jackie Brazeal, 2007-2008

Julie Grissom, 2005-2006

Kate Sheppard, 2004-2006

Van Herd, 2003-2005

Melissa Rickman, 2002-2003

Stella Graves Stuart, 2004-2009 (Data analyst)