Research Interests: history of twentieth-century life and environmental sciences; the historical relationship between ecology and engineering; the historical intersections of ecology and space flight science and technology; the Anthropocene.
Leah is a PhD candidate in History of Science at Harvard. Her dissertation, “A Whole Earth Science: Biospheres in the American Environmental Age” is a history of the biosphere as a concept and an epistemology in the twentieth-century American environmental and life sciences. The project looks at key historical moments when the biosphere, as a mode of knowledge production, reconfigured the boundaries and potentialities of “life” and “nonlife” as biological categories and concepts. Before Harvard, Leah worked as a research associate at the Center on Medicine as a Profession, a health policy think tank at Columbia University. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA with high honors from the Science in Society Program.
BA with high honors, Wesleyan