Dániel Margócsy

margocsy at gmail dot com

I am an assistant professor in early modern history at Hunter College, with an interest in the cultural history of science. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. I received my PhD from Harvard University in 2009.

My first book has examined the impact of global trade on cultural production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It explores how commercial networks played a crucial role in the growth and transmission of empirical knowledge; and how commercial secrecy and marketing transformed the public sphere and the Republic of Letters.  


As of September 1, 2016, I will be moving to Cambridge University as a university lecturer at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science. 

My new book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (University of Chicago Press), was published in 2014, and has been reviewed in ArtsFuse, the Chronicle for Higher Education, CHOICE, Endeavour, Metascience, and Seventeenth-Century News. You can view the book here, or you can order it at Amazon. For an interview on New Books in STS about this book, click here

My article on the Natural History of Satyrs has just been published in the Hungarian monthly 2000, and I also contributed an afterword to the Hungarian translation of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist.

I have been writing occasional blog posts for the Slate Vault, you can see them here

Bill Rankin and I have recently organized Breaking Scientific Networks, a conference at the University of California - Davis, a special issue based on the conference proceedings is forthcoming.

I am the 2014 recipient of the Feliks Gross Endowment Award. I have recently co-authored an article on Govard Bidloo that was published in The Lancet, and also published a chapter on the Polish naturalist Jan Jonston in Fakes!?. 

I was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in January 2014, and the Birkelund fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2012/3.