Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Education

Ph.D. University of Vienna
M.A. Bard Graduate Center

I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Department for the History and Sociology of Science and an Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, 2020-2023). Previous to this, I earned my doctorate in history from the University of Vienna, and was a Post-Doc-Track Fellow and DOC Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), and Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. My research is trained on the crossroads of the history of scientific practice, intellectual history, and material culture studies.

I am currently working on my first book project entitled “With Objects at Hand,” and a new research project entitled “Beringia: Material Evidence, Praxis and the Shape of Science.” The former explores mid-nineteenth-century conceptions of anthropology as a natural science, how these shaped the theories and methods developed for working with ethnographic objects as data, and ultimately contributed to methodological and ideological crises in the museum and discipline more broadly during the inter-war era. The latter investigates how scientists studying the early history of human migration via the Bering Strait have identified and engaged with their material evidence from the 1880s to today, and what shifts in data preference can tell us about the relationship between society, scientific practice, and knowledge transformation (https://pf.fwf.ac.at/en/research-in-practice/project-finder/48428).

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary and transnational histories of the human and natural sciences
History of scientific practice
Data election practices
Specimen collections and specimens as data

Selected Work

“Of Scientists and Specimens: Early Anthropology Networks in and between Nations and the Natural and Human Sciences,” in Handbook on the History of the Human Sciences. David McCallum (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan (in preparation).
“Friends in Deed: Allied in the Interwar Struggle for ‘German’ Science and Art,” Academies and World War I: The Aftermath, special issue of Acta Historical Leopoldina 78 (2021): 139-160.
“Capital Collections, Complex Systems: Vienna, Berlin, and Ethnographic Specimen Exchange in Trans-National fin de siècle Scientific Networks,” in Science in the Metropolis. Vienna in Transnational Context, 1848-1918. Mitchell Ash (ed.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge (2020), 152-171.
“An Emissary from Berlin: Franz Boas and the Smithsonian Institution, 1887,” Museum Anthropology 41(1) (2018): 30-45.

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