LISA RUTH RAND

Historian of Science | Technology | Environment

I am an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW, I hold joint appointments at the Department of History and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and am 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 plumbs the intersections of the histories of science, technology, and the environment during the Cold War, with a focus on mobile waste and contingent constructions of nature and sustainability. In addition to the environmental history of outer space, I have also written about gender in American aerospace culture and performances of scientific practice at Earth analog habitats. 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.