Lisa Ruth Rand


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I am currently a program coordinator and postdoctoral fellow in residence at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and the 2018-2019 AHA Fellow in Aerospace History. I recently completed an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW, I held joint appointments at the Department of History and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and I remain affiliated with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. I earned a bachelors degree in English and astronomy from Barnard College, and a PhD from the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My research has been supported by fellowships from NASA, the Society for the History of Technology, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. I am a Research Associate in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and an Adjunct Research Associate at the RAND Corporation. I spend what time remains writing plays, container gardening, playing mandolin (poorly), and serving as an urban astronomy and Girls Rock Camp educator.