The PhD in History of Science seeks to train expert researchers in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. From its privileged interdisciplinary status, research in the history of science is an essential link to overcome the barriers that separate the humanistic and scientific cultures. For this reason, the programme welcomes a diverse selection of students who are united by their interest in the study of the relations between science and society.
The discipline’s analysis tools, with history as their pillar, enable us to provide an informed view of the relevant role science has in today’s society.
*Coordinator of the PhD studies in History of Science at the UAB
*Evaluation and the annual PhD review (2021-2022) [June 28th and 29th]
PhD STUDENTS (2020-2021)
Her first contact with the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC) was when she was a Biology student and would go there Fridays to hear history of science seminars on science under the Franco Regime in the Faculty of Sciences. As she was working on her end of degree project, she participated in the 7th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularisation: Science and Television (Mahon, 2013) and started a job as a student worker in the History of Medicine Unit at the UAB. During that period, she researched communication in the natural sciences with the documentaries by Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and presented her first paper at the 6th ESHS Conference Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine (Lisbon, 2014). She decided to pursue a master’s in the History of Science: Science, History and Society (UAB-UB, 2015) and received a working scholarship from the Uriach Foundation, where she had the chance to work with the medical press from the late 19th century. As the outcome of the research that she began during her master’s, she won the honourable mention in the LXVII Uriach Foundation History of Medicine Prize for “Discursos en torno a la colonialidad en Arrowsmith, (John Ford, 1931)” (2016). After that, she remained at the CEHIC as a research support technician, where she worked with medical sources from the second half of the 20th century and learned more about the theoretical frameworks of colonialism and gender.
She is currently a predoctoral researcher-in-training in the Department of Philosophy at the UAB. She is writing her thesis under the supervision of Jorge Molero; it is entitled “Diàlegs colonials sobre la naturalesa i la urbanitat a la Catalunya finisecular: les associacions excursionistes i els interessos agrícoles en la província de Barcelona (1876-1908)”, and in it she analyses processes of the colonialism of knowledge related to the practices of the first hiking associations in the city of Barcelona on their visits to rural and natural spaces in the province in the late 19th century and their intersection with the farm interests of the leaders of those associations within the discourse of the modernisation of agricultural and the (re)definition of urbanity-rurality which were taking place in the late 19th century in Catalonia.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of the history of medicine and environmental history, with a particular interest in processes of the colonialism of knowledge and the discourses of modernisation in natural settings, as well as the genderisation of nature. She also examines these topics in her classes in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities (UAB).
I am a first year doctoral student at the Institute for the History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My research focuses on hoaxes and fraud in the nineteenth-century United States. I am especially interested in the dynamic relationships between scientific “experts'' and the public. My research considers many types of deception and seeks to understand the negotiation of authority and truth-findingthat accompany them.
My previous academic experience includes a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in Humanities and a master’s degree from the Universitat de Barcelona in Applied Linguistics. I am drawing from my linguistics background in my current research
to carry out quantitative corpus analyses of hoaxes published in nineteenth-century newspapers.
I completed a postgraduate certificate in Museology from the University of Washington in 2021. During this course I explored themes that are now central to my PhD research, including science popularization, co-creation of knowledge, and science as entertainment. I had the opportunity to complete a research practicum for an exhibit in the Museu Martorell with Dr. Laura Valls and Dr. Oliver Hochadel, who is now my PhD thesis advisor.
My research interests include science and its publics, heterodox science and medical practices, charlatanism and spectacle, visual and material cultures of science, nineteenth-century American sociology, and many adjacent fields.
He is a student in the doctoral programme at the Institut d'Història de la Ciència (IHC, UAB) and a recipient of the scholarship for advanced human capital training from the National Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of Chile.
His thesis, “Historia de la Química Fisiológica y Patológica en la Universidad de Chile (1880-1942)”, is directed by professor Jorge Molero Mesa and is framed within the development of the history of the advent of endocrinology as a speciality in the Medicine degree at the Universidad de Chile from the second half of the 19th century until the first half of the 20th century. Through this research, he is seeking to explore the scope of this knowledge in the public health administration in Chile. In particular, he is using case studies to try to trace the deployment of interrelations between the production of medical-endocrinal knowledge and the development of social insurance systems during the first half of the 20th century. His research also seeks to study the correspondences between the development of the specialisation of endocrinology and the consolidation of forms of eugenics, a pathway within the interpretations of Chile’s social medical reality during the first half of the 20th century. To resolve these issues, he is interested in analysing the relationships among the categories and spaces that operated in the acts of scientific reception and reproduction in Chile until the first half of last century.
He holds a bachelor’s in History with a minor in Cultural Studies from the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano (Chile, 2014). In 2013, he pursued the Diploma in the History of Health and Biomedical Sciences in the Extension Department of the Faculty of Odontology at the Universidad de Chile. In 2018, he earned a master’s in the History of Science: Science, History and Society (UAB-UB) with a research specialisation. In 2015, 2016 and 2018 he worked as an associate professor in the Integral Training Course on Philosophy and History of Science: Science, Society and Power in the Faculty of Odontology at the Universidad de Chile.
His interests include the history of medicine, the history of Chile, the history of eugenics, biopolitics and critical epistemology.
I’m a PhD student at the Institute of History of Science (IHC, UAB) and I’m conducting my research at the Institution Milà i Fontanals, Spanish National Research Council (IMF-CSIC) since September 2021, supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. My thesis focuses on the analysis of the participation of the Red Cross in the field of blood donation and transfusion. It’s part of the R&D project entitled Transnational humanitarian medical action and technological innovation in confinement spaces (1870-1950) (TRANSHUMED).
I have a degree in Humanities (Pompeu Fabra University) and Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Ramon Llull-Blanquerna University) and a Master in Nutrition (UOC). I have participated as a researcher in research projects on the history of diabetes, history of nutrition, war medicine and humanitarian action during the Spanish Civil War. Prior to academic research I participated in the production of film initiatives, in Spain and abroad, as well as in the organization of several scientific congresses. I have additional postgraduate degrees in Film (UPF, La Fémis and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), Cultural Management (University of Warwick) and Teaching (VIU).
My research interests focus on medical humanitarianism, advances in war medicine (particularly in the development of transfusion therapy), the process of institutionalization of nutrition science in Spain and the history of community nutrition.
I am a historian and a magister in history from the National University of Colombia. Fellow of the FI-AGAUR program of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and beneficiary of the recognitions granted by the Medellín SAPIENCIA Higher Education Agency, extending national borders-postgraduate courses and international postgraduate courses. I am currently a student of the PHD program at the Institute of History of Science (IHC, UAB), with a thesis directed by Professor Jorge Molero on medicalization and normalization of childhood in Colombia from the application of Mental Hygiene between 1920 and 1960. Since undergraduate I have been interested in the topics of health history, and since 2015 I have been working continuously in the line of research: history of medicalization, normalization and social control of childhood and history of child psychiatry in Colombia. I’ve participated in several research projects, including: "The sanitation of schools in Colombia 1886-1930". "Medicalization of childhood and social control: preliminary exploration in Medellín and the Near East". "The medicalization of childhood and insanity examined through the institutional care and mental hygiene in Colombia in the twentieth century." "Poverty and madness as" social diseases "in Colombian modernity, 1850-1950", developed at the National University of Colombia.
My lines of research are the history of childhood, the history of mental hygiene, the history of child psychiatry and the relationships between eugenics, childcare and mental hygiene.
I am a student in the doctoral programme at the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (IHC, UAB) with a scholarship from the Ministerio de Ciencia y Inovación.
My thesis “Between science and politics: the role of experts in the origins of international negotiations on climate change (1979-1992)” is directed by professor Agustí Nieto Galán.
In my research, I study how climate became a scientific, politic and diplomatic issue in the late 1970s, when the first international conferences about climate change took place. After comparing the different scientific assessment models coexisting in that decade, I put in context the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the main advisory institution for the next decades. I also try to explain why this model became the dominant one and the reasons behind this.
Another fundamental question of my thesis is how climate experts frame scientific knowledge of climate change to be understood by politicians, and how this frame dictates the type of questions and solutions that may be discussed later in international negotiations.
My research also explores the complexity of the figure of the expert, working at the same time as a scientist, but also holding positions of power and playing a role in activism and diplomacy. I follow the figure of Jill Jägger, a climatologist who participated in different conferences and working groups on climate change and who became the leader of the Stockholm Environmental Institute in 1987. Through her career, I also would like to give to my research a gender perspective.
Before starting my PhD, I did a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science at the Université de Paris (Paris VII, Diderot) and a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
My interests include the history of climatology, the history of ecological thinking, the relations between scientist, experts and politics, science and diplomacy, environmental history and science and gender
I became a nurse in 1994. I have a Masters in Nursing in 2008 and a Masters in History in 2015 (with a minor in the History of Christianity). I am a PhD student under the supervision of professors Jon Arrizabaraga (IMF-CSIC) and Mònica Balltondre Pla (UAB). My research interests focus on nursing and fascism in Italy.
I’m a doctoral student at the Institute for the History of Science (IHC, UAB), a center where I develop my academic training as a FPU 2020 Predoctoral Researcher. The doctoral research that I develop around the thesis “Origin and destination of life in the Universe: a social history of astrobiology in Spain” focuses on a historical study of this curious and young scientific discipline in the spanish context, necessarily taking into account the international and European context. With the purpose of elaborating a social history of astrobiology in Spain (1942-2007), I’m interested in demarcating the exobiological antecedents in the spanish social and scientific context and studying and establishing what external factors to astrobiology have been crucial for its constitution. Likewise, I also pay special attention to the social and cultural implications of astrobiological research and exploration, as well as the exploration of the philosophical aspects involved in the constitution and development of astrobiology as a science, mainly related to its interdisciplinary nature and the transdisciplinary approach that it involves.I have a degree in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in the 2015-2019 class, with a Mention in Fundamental Philosophy and with an Extraordinary End of Studies Award. From 2019 to 2020 I studied the Master's Degree in Teacher Training with a specialty in Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, a training that up to now has allowed me to work as a professor of Philosophy in several catalan public institutes. Currently, thanks to having obtained a FPU predoctoral contract, my entire professional life is dedicated to my doctoral research.My interests are centered in the Philosophy of Science and the History of Science, as well as in the intersections that arise between both disciplines in questions that have to do with modes of knowledge, with the role of social and cultural factors in the constitution of science and with the role of science in shaping social and cultural reality. That is to say, at the same time that I study the historical questions around a scientific discipline, I’m interested in investigating the philosophical questions necessarily raised, both by the scientific discipline and by the philosophical assumptions that underlie the historiographic approach adopted.
She is an PhD student at the Institute for the History of Science (IHC, UAB) and an MA in the History of Science: Science, History and Society (UAB). Her research focuses on maternity in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century and her thesis advisor is Mònica Balltrondre Pla (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the UAB).
Research interests: History of Medicine with a gender perspective, The social construction of motherhood in the medical and psi knowledge at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
He is a PhD student at the Institut d'Història de la Ciència (IHC-UAB), focussing in the problem of computational intractability and its relation to international politics during the Cold War. His thesis advisor is the philosopher Thomas Sturm.
She is an Industrial PhD student at the Institute for the History of Science (IHC, UAB) in conjunction with Grifols S.A. Her current research focuses on the rise and industrialisation of haematology and haemotherapy in Barcelona between 1909 and 1950. Through the Grifols Historical Archive, she studies how a modest homeopathic laboratory in Barcelona was transformed into a global pharmaceutical company based on the plasma by-product industry, creating the first private blood bank in Spain. She is particularly interested in examining how first the new technoscientific practices of the early 20th century and later the new industrial patterns of mid-century capitalism changed the scientific manipulation of blood while also transforming its production, use and cultural significance. Finally, she investigates the controversies that appeared with the commodification of blood in this specific urban context.
She holds a BSc in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 2013) with a minor in fundamental physics. She earned an MSc in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB, 2015) with a specialisation in space sciences and an MA in the History of Science: Science, History and Society from both universities (UAB-UB, 2015), a research-oriented specialisation.
Thanks to a cooperation grant for undergraduate research projects funded by Ministerio de Educación y Cultura de España, in 2013 she got involved in research at the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE, UAB) and the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), joining the international projects Physics of the Accelerated Universe (PAU) and Dark Energy Survey (DES). In 2014 as a master’s student, she took part in the international partnership Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) under the supervision of the IFAE. Finally, in 2015 she got involved in historical research at the Centre for the History of Science (CEHIC, UAB), with a master’s thesis examining the reception and the assimilation of quantum theory during Francoism, between 1939 and 1965.
Since 2018, she has been member of the communication committee of the Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology (SCHCT), and she is member of the scientific committee of the XVI SCHCT Meeting.
Research interests: history of medicine; history of physics; 20th century; sociology of knowledge; STS.