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 and secular thought in America. His book manuscript on The Scientific Spirit of American Humanism has been accepted by Johns Hopkins Press. His work with his graduate assistants on the Isis Bibliography gives him daily reasons to be enthusiastic about the upcoming generation of scholars.

Project Manager

Sylwester Ratowt

emerson-1Sylwester 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
Younes Mahdavi

2015-Present,%20Younes%20-%20DeGolyer%202016-2017.pngYounes 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 thirteenth 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.
Jonathon Self


Jonathon is a self-admitted book nerd who loves to read about science, technology, and socioeconomics. After completing his BA in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Oklahoma in 2016, he gained admittance to the dual-degree MA program for the history of science and library and information studies at OU, where he hopes to continue his metabiographical and bibliographic studies of Charles Darwin’s biographies.  More generally, Jonathon’s research interests include the history of biology, media and technologies that communicate and popularize science, and how media affect the perception of science’s practitioners.

Past Assistants
  • Cody Williams, 2017
  • Jackson Pope, 2016
  • 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
  • Jackie Brazeal, 2007-2008
  • Lisa Torres, 2006-2008
  • Julie Grissom, 2005-2006
  • Stella Graves Stuart, 2004-2009
  • Kate Sheppard, 2004-2006
  • Van Herd, 2003-2005
  • Sylwester Ratowt, 2002-2004
  • Melissa Rickman, 2002-2003

Julia Damerow

Julia Damerow is a software engineer with a degree in computer science, and a PhD in computational history and philosophy of science. Her interests are the application of computation to the field of history and philosophy of science (HPS) and, more general, to software development in the digital humanities. Together with Erick Peirson, she co-founded A Place Called Up, a consulting company that works with academic units, teams, and individual scholars to plan and implement digital projects. She is also the Head of Development and co-founder of the Digital Innovation Group (DigInG) at Arizona State University.  The mission of DigInG is to develop new tools to support HPS researchers in processing and analyzing their data, and to create new educational resources, opportunities, and experiences for students in computer science and the humanities. As Head of Development, she manages agile software development projects and directs the design, implementation, and testing of multi-tier software applications and web services.