BA in English from the University of Oregon. Secondary Teaching Credential from the Mills College. MA in History and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. PhD in History and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Perrin Selcer works at the intersections of environmental history, history of science, and international relations. His current research focuses on how experts affiliated with UN agencies made the global human environment a central concern of the international community.
Constructing Spaceship Earth: UN Scientists and the Cold War Origins of Sustainable Development, book manuscript under contract with Columbia University Press International and Global History Series.
“Beyond the Cephalic Index: Negotiating Politics to Produce Unesco’s Scientific Statements on Race,” Current Anthropology, 53: supplement 5: The Biological Anthropology of Living Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles, and International Networks (April 2012), s173-s184.
"UNESCO, Weltbürgerschaft und Kalter Krieg" in Macht und Geist im Kalten Krieg (Studien zum Kalten Krieg, vol. 5), ed. Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller, and Claudia Weber (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2011), 476-496.
“The View from Everywhere: Disciplining Diversity in post-World War Two International Social Science,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 45: 4 (Fall 2009), 309-329.
“Standardizing Wounds: Alexis Carrel and the Scientific Management of Life during World War I,” British Journal for the History of Science, 42: 1 (March 2008), 73-107.