Liv Grjebine

Liv Grjebine

Research Associate in the History of Science
Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne
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Research interests: history of Biology, history of Darwinism, history of the public’s role in science, intellectual history, history of political persuasion and mind control, history of modern and contemporary Europe, history of cinema

Liv is a Visiting Postdoctorate Fellow and Teaching Assistant in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Her time at Harvard allows her to pursue the research she began during her PhD on the reception of Darwinism. Her project aims at elucidating the communications between society and the scientific world in the dissemination of a scientific theory. More generally, it addresses the role of public debate in France in the context of a 19th century scientific debate: did the public debate play a role in the legitimation of Darwinism?

In 2014, Liv won the Prize of the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris and earned a Fellowship. She became an associate Researcher at the Maison Française d’Oxford and an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. She received her PhD in 2019 from La Sorbonne in History. She became an Associate Researcher at the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (CNRS-ENS-Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne). She was awarded three times an Arthur Sachs Fellowship (2018, 2019, 2020) to pursue her work at Harvard.

Liv has taught courses on the history and anthropology of science and on European modern history:

  • The Invention of Historical Sciences. Time, nature and history in the 16th-19th centuries
  • The Triumph of Science (1750-1914)
  • France and Europe in the 16th-18th centuries
  • Brainwashing and Modern Techniques of Mind Control
  • Tutorial classes in the history of science (methodology and historiography)

She has also developed an independent course which will be on “Darwin, Evolution and Society in the 19th and 20th centuries” (Summer 2020).

Liv is also passionate about cinema and more precisely, about the expression of ideas in movies. In addition to her blog (, she organized at La Sorbonne a Movie Club on “Science in Cinema”.

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