Cecelia Watson


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Cecelia is a historian and philosopher of science, and a teacher of writing and the humanities. She is currently part of Bard College’s Faculty in Language and Thinking. Previously she was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at Yale University, where she was jointly appointed in the Humanities and Philosophy departments. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and a scientific consultant for Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany.

She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College; and an M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, both from the University of Chicago.

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“At times I've felt less like a punctuation theorist than like a punctuation therapist”
Cecelia Watson, Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

“The semicolon was born in Venice in 1494”
Cecelia Watson, Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

“Whether it’s the Manual that peers down from your bookshelf, or Strunk and White, or the APA style guide, or Fowler, or Lynne Truss, it’s fair to ask why we consider these books authoritative, and if there might not be some better way to assess our writing than through their dicta.”
Cecelia Watson, Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

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