Prof. Opitz obtained his BS in physics and mathematics from DePaul
University and PhD in history of science and technology from the
University of Minnesota. His research and publications focus on the intersection between science
and culture in late-nineteenth century Britain, with an emphasis on the
roles of class, gender and sexuality in knowledge-making and
institution-building. He is currently writing a book on the British
scientific aristocracy and continuing a study of the British womens
agricultural education movement. His teaching, which include the courses, “Issues in Science and Religion” and “Sexual Orientation & Science,” emphasizes the relevance of historical inquiry for critical thinking and decision making in
society today. He is a member of DePaul's LGTBQ Studies
Advisory Board and Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History.
Recent Awards and Grants
NSF International Travel Grants: “Science as Power,” 2016; “Gendering Science,” 2015
Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science Research Fellow, 2013-2014
DePaul Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, 2010-2011
DePaul Institute for Nature & Culture Faculty Fellowship, 2009
Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lykknes, A., D.L. Opitz, and B. Van Tiggelen, eds. (2012). For Better or For Worse? Collaborative Couples in the Sciences. Basel: Birkhauser.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
Opitz, D.L. (2016). “Domestic Space.” Chapter 18 in A Companion to the History of Science, ed. Bernard V. Lightman. Chichester: Wiley & Sons.
Opitz, D.L. (2016). “Gender and Science.” Pp. 382-386 in A Companion to the History of American Science, ed. Mark A. Largent. Chichester: Wiley & Sons.
Opitz, D.L. (2014). "'Back to the land': Lady Warwick and the Movement for Women's Collegiate Agricultural Education" Agricultural History Review 62: 119-145
Opitz, D.L. (2014). "'The sceptre of her pow'r': Nymphs, Nobility, and Nomenclature in Early Victorian Education" British Journal for the History of Science 47: 67-94.
Opitz, D. L. (2013) "'A Triumph of Brains over Brute': Women and Science at the Horticultural College, Swanley, 1890-1910" Isis 104: 30-62.
Opitz, D. L. (2011). Cultivating Genetics in the Country: Whittingehame Lodge, Cambridge. Pp. 73-98 in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science, ed. C. W. J. Withers and D. N. Livingstone. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Opitz, D. L. (2010). Three Generations in the Life of the Minnesota Women's Center: A History: 1960-2000, 2nd edn., University of Minnesota.
Opitz, D. L. (2004). Introduction. In Mary Roberts, The Conchologist's Companion. Science Writing by Women. ed. B. Lightman, III: v-x. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum.
Opitz, D. L. (2004). "'Behind folding shutters in Whittingehame House:' Alice Blance Balfour (1850-1936) and Amateur Natural History," Archives of Natural History 31: 330-348. [Corrigenda in 32: 126.]
S. G. and Opitz, D. L. (2002). Re-Imag(in)ing Women in Science:
Crafting Identity and Negotiating Gender in Science. Pp. 105-139 in The Changing Image of the Sciences. ed. I. H. Stamhuis, T. Koetsier, C. De Pater, and A. Van Helden. Amsterdam: Kluwer.