I am a historian of science working on the history of environmental and evolutionary sciences in the twentieth century. I am interested in the ways in which scientific practices are affected by, and contribute to, social and political order. I published primarily on the history and politics of environmental data collection, the history of evolutionary biology, and historiography of science during the Cold War. I am currently writing a book on the intriguing history of attempts to integrate scientific knowledge and new technologies — from plant genetics to computers — into historical research. Most recently, I have co-edited (with Christine von Oertzen and David Sepkoski) a forthcoming volume of Osiris, “Histories of Data” (2017).
I received my Ph.D. in History and Science Studies at the University of California at San Diego in 2012, after earning a doctorate in Biology and History of Science from the Russian Academy of Science.
- “Earthquake Prediction, Biological Clocks, and the Cold War Psy-ops: Using Animals as Seismic Sensors in the 1970s California,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A, 70 (2018)
- Data Histories, Osiris 32 (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Co-edited with David Sepkoski and Christine von Oertzen, the volume brings together a variety of perspectives in history of science under an emerging new rubric, the history of data. Thinking of data historically provides us with an opportunity to consider the impact of changes in cultures of information in the sciences in the longue durée, as well as to rethink important questions that cross many of our traditional disciplinary categories.
- “Geophysical Datascapes of the Cold War: Politics and Practices of the World Data Centers in the 1950s and 1960s,” Osiris 32 (2017): 307-327
- “Russian and the Making of World Languages during the Cold War,” Isis Focus Section “Linguistic Hegemony and the History of Science,” Isis 108, no. 3 (2017): 643-650
- “Recent Trends in the Historiography of Science in the Cold War,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 47/4 (2017): 568-577
- “Citizen Seismology, Stalinist Science, and Vladimir Mannar’s Cold Wars,” Science, Technology, & Human Values 42/2 (2017): 226-256
- Science Studies During the Cold War and Beyond: Paradigms Defected (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, 2016). Co-edited with Simone Turchetti, this volume explores the Cold War politics of “science studies,” as an intellectual project and a community of scholars, in both familiar “battlefields” of the cultural Cold War (the US and Western Europe) as well as in less familiar contexts of Eastern Europe, China, and Latin America.
A recent review of the volume in: H-Soz-Kult
- “Environmental Monitoring in the Making: From Surveying Nature’s Resources to Monitoring Nature’s Change” Historische Sozialforschung 40/2 (2015): 222-245
- “Big science and “Big science studies” in the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War” in Naomi Oreskes and John Krige, eds., Science and technology in the global cold war ( The MIT Press, 2014), pp. 393-429
- “The congress for cultural freedom, Minerva, and the quest for instituting ‘Science Studies’ in the Cold War” Minerva, 50/3 (2012): 307-337.
- “The Politics and Contexts of Soviet Science Studies (Naukovedenie): Soviet Philosophy of Science at the Crossroads” Studies in East European Thought 63 / 3 (2011): 175-202
- “Big Science and Big Data in Biology: From the International Geophysical Year to the Long-Term Ecological Research Program, 1957 – present” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 40 / 2 (2010): 183-224 (with Karen Baker and Naomi Oreskes)
- [Immunity: Theory, Philosophy, Experiment: Essays in the History of Immunology in the 20th Century] (Moskva, 2006). Through examining the history of the theoretical discussions in immunology in the second half of the 20th century, this book bridges an intellectual history of the Lamarckian tradition in evolutionary biology with a contextual analysis of the complex interactions between experimental and theoretical immunology, on the one hand, and between experimental immunology and philosophy, on the other (in Russian).
HIST 105D: Visionary Biology: Between Science and Science Fiction (Winter 2017)
HIST 107C: The Darwinian Revolution (Fall 2016)
HIST 201S: Topics in the History of Science: History of Science and Science Fiction (Fall 2016)
HIST 105CW: Science and Technology in the Cold War (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
HIST 201HS: Advanced Approaches to the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Spring 2016)
Honors and Professional Activities:
- Co-organizer of the working group Historicizing Big Data at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. The working group was a three year collaborative international project (2012-2015) resulted in the thematic volume of Osiris (vol. 32, 2017)
- Scholar-In-Residence, Graduate School for the East and Southeast European Studies (Die Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien), Munich, Germany (April-June 2014)
- Fellow-In-Residence, the Institute for Advanced Study (the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg) in Greifswald, Germany, 2011-2012
- Scholar-In-Residence, The Rockefeller Archival Center, 2005
- Fulbright scholar to US (2004-2005)
- Egide – CNRS fellow, hosted by the Institut d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques, Paris (2003)