Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Anna Graber


Tate Hall, 356

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Assistant Professor

Program in the History of Science and Technology

PhD, 2016, Yale University

Research specialties:

I am a historian of earth and environmental science specializing in the culture of science in modern and early modern Russia.   My research is on knowledge creation and imperial governance in the Russian mining industry from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.  In the book manuscript I am preparing for publication, Tsardom of Rock: Science, Society, and Enlightenment in Russia’s Mining Empire, I examine how leaders of the mining industry developed new methods of knowing and ruling Russia’s natural environment and imperial subjects, in the process forging the modern Russian Empire.  I also work on the interplay of geological thought and Russian Orthodoxy and on the intellectual aftershocks of the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.  My primary research and teaching relationship is with the Program of History of Science and Technology.


Courses taught:

Understanding the Russian Land

Women in Science: A Historical Perspective

Historiography of Science and Technology


Research Support:

Research Fellowship, Laboratory for Primary Source Studies, Ural Federal University 2016, 2017-18

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2016-17

Dissertation Research Grant, Macmillan Center, Yale University, 2012-13, 2016

Research Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2013, 2015

Fulbright Student Grant, 2008-09


Professional Society Membership:

History of Science Society

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies