Faculty Bio

Jose Perillan

Assistant Professor of Physics


Teaching Interests

Jose Perillan is a joint appointment in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Science, Technology, & Society (STS) Program. Thus far, Jose has taught the introductory Physics 113-114 series, a cross-listed Physics-STS 105 course (20th Century Revolutions in Physics) and a variety of STS courses including the core theories course, STS 200 (Conceptualizing STS: Theories and Practice), STS 280 (Albert Einstein), and STS 340 (Great Scientific Controversies in Context). In future semesters he looks forward to adding intermediate and advanced courses in the physics curriculum to this list, in particular Physics 200 (Modern Physics), Physics 245 (Stat-Mech/Thermodynamics), and Physics 320 (Quantum Mechanics I).

Research Interests

Jose’s research interests are primarily focused on the history of the interpretations of quantum theory. In broader terms, he is interested in the relationship between marginalization and innovation in the sciences and the propagation and opertational power of myth-histories within the scientific community. In addition to this, Jose has recently begun to engage in Physics Education Research (PER) with colleagues in the Physics and Astronomy Department where he hopes to learn (among other things) about the effectiveness of incorporating discussions about science and context into the physics curriculum.