Elena Aronova

Assistant Professor

University of California Santa Barbara

Elena Aronova received her 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. She is a historian of science working on the history of environmental and evolutionary sciences in the twentieth century. She is interested in the ways in which scientific practices are affected by, and contribute to, social and political order. Her current project examines the history and politics of environmental archives during the Cold War. She also works on the history of “science studies” as it emerged in early Cold War as a politically relevant area of expertise, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Her current projects include Doing Things With Data: the Cold War Political Economy of Environmental ArchivesScience and the Cultural Cold War: Thinking Science on the Opposite Sides of the Iron Curtain, and Following the Data of the International Geophysical Year: Visualizations