Jonathan Turner

I defended my doctoral dissertation at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto in the summer of 2012. My thesis is an institutional history of the Defence Research Board, which existed from 1947 to 1977. It is a history of the use of science and technology in the Department of National Defence, the management of research and development in the government, the impact of politics and personalities on the civil service, and the creation of policy for science. I cover topics that are new and interesting academically, but also offer important lessons for current debates about the government's roles in science and technology, and the roles science and technology should have in the government. I am currently exploring some additional research leads so that I can improve some of the weaker (more boring) parts of the thesis and then publish it.

My regular employment is at the University of Toronto Career Centre at the St. George (Main/Downtown) Campus of the University of Toronto. I develop and deliver programming for students, post-docs, and alumni dedicated to building skills and preparing for their future careers or studies.

My irregular employment is as a historical consultant and tutor.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, interview requests, or public speaking opportunities, then please email me.