Personal Statement:

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.


Selected Publications:

See a review of the volume in H-Soz-Kult


Courses Taught:

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)