Research Interests: History of modern life and environmental sciences; environmental history; The Anthropocene.
Leah Aronowsky’s current research concerns the relationship between knowledge, material practices, and scale in the environmental sciences: how do scientists make meaningful claims about environmental phenomena that unfold on the spatial and temporal scale of the entire planet? As an entry point into this question, her dissertation, Unruly Life: The History of the Biosphere in the Environment, 1945–90, examines the biosphere in the American environmental sciences, focusing on how it took shape in the postwar era as a framework for re-theorizing the relationship between “life” and “the environment.” Before Harvard, Leah received a BA with high honors from Wesleyan University, and worked as a researcher at the Center for Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University.
“Of Astronauts and Algae: NASA and the Dream of Multispecies Spaceflight,” Environmental Humanities 9, no. 2 (November 2017).
"On Drawing Dead Fish" Environmental History 21, no. 3 (2016): 542-551
PhD., History of Science, Harvard University