Wesleyan portrait of Paul H. Erickson

Paul H. Erickson

Associate Professor of History

37 Broad Street, 215

Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies


Associate Professor, Environmental Studies



BA Harvard University
MA Univ of Wisconsin Madison
PHD Univ of Wisconsin Madison

Paul H. Erickson

Prof. Erickson is a historian of science whose work explores connections between the human sciences and natural sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special interest in the history of the environmental sciences, the history of economic thought, and the history of mathematical models and theory development across scientific disciplines.  His first book, The World the Game Theorists Made (2015), traced the post-World War II adoption of game theory and related models of rational choice in fields from operations research and economics to social psychology and evolutionary biology.  His current research focuses on the history of ideas of growth and development as they moved between the social and natural sciences from the 19th century onward, and on the changing relationship between economics and the environmental sciences during this period. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2023: MW 3-4



Fall 2024
HIST 254 - 01
Science in Western Culture

HIST 385 - 01
Science and the State