Gabriel Finkelstein

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Associate Professor

Office: Student Commons Building, Room 3126

Mailing address:
CU Denver History Department
Campus Box 182
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
Room 3102
Denver, CO 80204

Spring 2024 Office Hours: 2- 3 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays; and by appointment, please email me.

Expertise Areas: 
Modern European culture, Modern German culture, Science, Neuroscience, Historiography, Travel and exploration, Gender, marriage, and childhood, Biography

Princeton University, Ph.D., 1996, History
Princeton University, M.A., 1989, History
Amherst College, B.A., 1985, Physics

My biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond, the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century, received an Honorable Mention for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the 2013 PROSE Awards, was shortlisted for the 2014 John Pickstone Prize (awarded every two years by the British Society for the History of Science “to the best scholarly book in the history of science"), and was named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the Best Books of 2014. 


Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany. Cambridge; London: The MIT Press, 2013.

Refereed articles and chapters

"Mechanical Neuroscience: Emil du Bois-Reymond’s Innovations in Theory and Practice." Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 9 (30 September 2015): 133.

"Emil du Bois-Reymond's Reflections on Consciousness." In Brain, Mind, and Consciousness in the History of Neuroscience, ed. Chris Smith and Harry Whitaker, ch. 10, 163-184. Dordrecht; Heidelberg, New York; London: Springer, 2014.

"Emil du Bois-Reymond on 'The Seat of the Soul.'" Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 23, no. 1 (January-March 2014): 45-55.

"Matteucci and du Bois-Reymond: A Bitter Rivalry." Archives Italiennes de Biologie: A Journal of Neuroscience 149, no. 4 (December 2011): 29-37.

"Emil du Bois-Reymond vs Ludimar Hermann." Comptes rendus Biologies 329, nos. 5-6 (May-June 2006): 340-347.

"M. du Bois-Reymond Goes to Paris." British Journal for the History of Science 36, no. 3 (September 2003): 261-300. 

"Romanticism, Race, and Recapitulation." Science 294, no. 5549 (7 December 2001): 2101-2102.

"'Conquerors of the Künlün'? The Schlagintweit Mission to High Asia, 1854-57." History of Science 38, pt. 2, no. 120 (June 2000): 179-218.

World at War
Modern Germany
Postwar Germany
Explorers and Exploration
Weapons of Mass Destruction