Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

franapl@jmu.edu

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Dr. Frana is Associate Dean of the JMU Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. His primary domains for teaching and research are science and technology studies, oral history, intellectual history, and technology in education. His publications are mainly in the history of medicine and public health, the history of computing, the history of expertise and the professions, and Honors education. He is currently working on a book manuscript documenting the history of health informatics called "Calculating Care: Evidence, Computers, and Medicine in the 20th Century." He has taught seminars on the Search for Self, the Search for Community, the Artificial Other (robotics, artificial intelligence, and society), Art & Technology, Oral History, Documentary Filmmaking, and the Study of Memory, the History of the Life Sciences, History of Medicine, History of Science, History of Engineering, Technology and the Law, Virtual Worlds and Online Communities, and Senior Seminars on Economic Globalization, Transhumanism, and Futuristics. He has also taught courses on research and writing across the disciplines.

Dr. Frana is past Director of Undergraduate Research in the Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, and an NSF Project Director at the University of Minnesota’s Charles Babbage Institute. He graduated with his bachelor's degrees in History and Economics from Wartburg College in 1991, and completed his master's and doctoral degrees in the History of Technology and Science at Iowa State University in 1999. 

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