Research Fellow



Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273741
Email: marionne.cronin@abdn.ac.uk
Address: 24 High Street, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, AB24 3EB


I joined the University of Aberdeen in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Northern Colonialism: Historical Connections, Contemporary Lives Programme.  As an undergraduate I studied for an interdisciplinary degree in science and technology studies at Queen's University in Canada.  I followed this with an MA in Philosophy from York University (Canada), before studying for an MA and a PhD in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.  After completing my doctorate, I took up a post as a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC.  My research draws on this interdisciplinary background to investigate 20th-century popular cultures of science and technology.  My current project, 'To the North Pole by Air,' uses the history of 20th-century American polar exploration to investigate how explorers' use of new technologies (especially airplanes) was incorporated into popular images of heroic exploration, masculinity, and modernity in the interwar period.  I am currently writing a book exploring these themes, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. 

Alongside my research, I also have an interest in academic publishing and have held editorial posts at Oxford University Press and Annals of Science.  I am currently Associate Editor for Technology's Stories(published by the Society for the History of Technology).


Research Interests

20th Century popular cultures of science and technology; History of exploration - particularly heroic exploration narratives; Technology, exploration, and empire; Material practices of northern colonialism; Imagined northern geographies and landscapes; History of technology; History of aviation; Canadian history - interwar and northern history; Environmental history

Current Research

'To The North Pole By Air: Richard Byrd and the Making of a Modern Hero' 2013-2015, North Theme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Research Grants

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies, 2015

British Society for the History of Science Research Grant, 2015

Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund Grant, University of Aberdeen, 2015

North Theme Small Project Grant, University of Aberdeen, 2015

External Responsibilities

Associate Editor, Technology's Stories - www.historyoftechnology.org

Northern Colonialism: Historical Connections, Contemporary Lives - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/the-north/


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