Alma Igra

PhD Candidate, History

Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow, 2018 - 2019

Project Title: "Calculating the Substance of Human Life: The Emergence of Nutritional Studies in Britain 1918-1941"

Alma Igra is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. She focuses on history of standards and ethical norms in the inter-war period, and how they relate to perceptions of the non-human environment. Alma graduated from Tel Aviv University in 2010 with a B.A. in History and Literature, and from the Central European University in 2012 with M.A. in nationalism studies. Her dissertation explores the emergence of nutritional science in the British Empire, and how studies of vitamins, calories and sufficiency came to redefine both ideas about nature and the human-animal divide. Her dissertation research was supported by the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine and by the Scottish Society of History of Medicine.