Danielle Mead Skjelver is a Collegiate Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Skjelver serves as the lead editor of "History of Applied Science and Technology," an open access textbook written on an ongoing basis by a global team of scholars. Following ten years in the financial sector, Skjelver wrote a national award-winning historical novel. She earned her PhD from the University of North Dakota and has produced scholarship on the intersection of gender, language, and power in 16th-century Europe. Among her publications is a joint translation of a Norwegian study on immigrants in the US-Dakota War. She is currently working to bring her master’s thesis (a translation of a German Renaissance mercenary’s sketchbook) and her doctoral dissertation (a translation of a 17th century French treatise on satyrs) to the public. Her current research focus is the early modern surge of interest in the question: What makes us human?