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Nathan Kapoor

Assistant Professor
Schroeder Hall - SCH 317
Office Hours
Monday: 10:00-11:00 AM

Thursday: 1:00-2:00 PM

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Nathan Kapoor is an Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University, where he teaches courses in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Professor Kapoor received his Ph.D. in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Oklahoma in 2019.

Current Courses

200.002Doing History: An Introduction

398.002Professional Practice: Internship In History

210.001The History of Science

105.001World History

105.002World History

105.001World History

Teaching Interests & Areas

Energy History, Science and Technology Studies, Medical Humanities, Colonialism, and Engineering History

Research Interests & Areas

History of Electric Power Systems, New Zealand, British Empire, and Indigenous Studies


University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma


University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma


Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Tennessee

Book Review

Nathan Kapoor. Review of Ballim, Faeeza. Apartheid’s Leviathan: Electricity and the Power of Technological Ambivalence. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews. August, 2023.
Kapoor, N. Wind and Power in the Anthropocene. Technology and Culture (2020): 686-689.
Kapoor, N. Book Review of Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future. Environmental History

Book, Chapter

Kapoor, N. Energy and Empire. Andrew Goss (EDs), Routledge History of Science and Empire. Routledge University Press (2021)
Kapoor, N. “We Have no Niagara”: Electrifying the “Britain of the South”. Bernard Carlson and Erik Conway (EDs), Electrical Conquest New Approaches to the History of Electrification. Springer: 25.

Journal Article

Kapoor, N. "Who Has Seen the Wind": Imagining Wind Power for the Generation of Electricity in Victorian Britain”. Technology and Culture 60.2: 467-493.


Hale, P., Neswald, E., & Kapoor, N. Edited Volume of Correspondences (2021)


Empowering Colonialism: Electrification in New Zealand. BEECon Seminar. ISU Biology Department. (2023)
"Me a Scholar". "3 Minute Thesis" Style Colloquium for the Science Studies Initiative. Science Studies Initiative. (2023)
Seismic Shifts: The Wairakei Power Station and New Zealand's Energy (Re)Transition. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History. (2022)
Just Steam: Geothermal Energy and Indigenous Resource Reclamation in the Anthropocene. Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology. (2021)
Neglected Terms: The Strange Relationship between Energy and Language. Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. (2021)