Betsy Mendelsohn is a historian of environment and technology who taught STS at the University of Virginia for 3 years before becoming an instructor in both of the STS programs in 2004. She succeeded Prof. James Duncan as Director of the STS programs in June, 2007.
Dr. Mendelsohn has a close association with the Department of History, serving on graduate student thesis committees, participating in the caucus of historians of technology, science and environment, and sometimes teaching as an adjunct lecturer.
She earned a B.A. in history from Yale University (1983) and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago (1999).
She has published essays on the historical importance of technology to environmental quality and on the history of American environmental law.
Dr. Mendelsohn's research focuses on the incorporation of science into the resolution of legal conflicts about sharing resources such as water, air, public roads, and ecological health.