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Master’s Study

UCLouvain offers master’s degree programs in French, which include a substantial research thesis.

Ph.D. Study

Several opportunities are available for fully funded doctoral study in the lab.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Join our center as a funded postdoctoral fellow, via a variety of funding programs!

The PI

Charles H. Pence

I am a philosopher and historian of science and technology, working as Chargé de cours in the Institut supérieur de philosophie and the Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres at the Université catholique de Louvain in place du Cardinal Mercier 14, bte. L3.06.01 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. I am the director there of the Centre de philosophie des sciences et sociétés (Center for Philosophy of Science and Society, or CEFISES).

I hold an A.B. in philosophy from Princeton, and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to my move to UCL, I worked at Louisiana State University. My work has appeared with leading university presses and journals, and I have spoken at a variety of prestigious conferences on four continents. You can find a copy of my CV here.

When I’m not working (which is fairly rare), I’m an avid marathon runner, technology addict and computer programmer, clarinet player, gaming aficionado, and audiophile. For more random facts about me, click here…

Current Students

Chris Eddy

Chris is an LSU undergraduate student working on extending our work in digital humanities and applying it to an exciting set of questions in the study of complex systems and emergence. His project focuses on applying topic modeling to construct empirically grounded conceptual analyses in these fields.

I don’t list the names of active undergraduate lab members here, unless they have given me express permission.

Lab Alumni

Daniel G. Swaim

The first MA student in the lab, Daniel joined at LSU in 2014. After writing a thesis on the role of dispositional properties in evolutionary theory (and with a co-authored publication in the works), he went on to start PhD study at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Learn more…


Daniel J. Hicks

Dr. Hicks is a leading scholar of the ethical and political implications of science, especially public scientific controversy. He is currently a research fellow with the University of California, Davis libraries, having recently served in the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more…

Gregory Radick

Prof. Radick is one of the most highly acclaimed scholars on the history and development of the theory of genetics. Our lab has worked extensively with him on the works of Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, and W.F.R. Weldon, the figures at the center of our historical project. Learn more…

Grant Ramsey

Prof. Ramsey is one of the lab’s closest collaborators, and has contributed to both our traditional research projects as well as the long-term evoText project in digital humanities. He currently holds a position as BOFZAP Research Professor at KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. Learn more…



Named for Ada Lovelace, the lab's mascot can be found searching for swimming time, playing fetch with a tennis ball, or assisting with grading by placing her snoot on top of any available pile of papers. She graduated from Baton Rouge's Friends of the Animals with a degree in slurps.