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Project Collaborator

Kristine Palmieri

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor in the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge University of Chicago


Kristine Palmieri is a historian of science and knowledge in the German- and English-speaking worlds after 1700. Her research focuses on the history of scholarly practices and research methods, the mutually constitutive relationship between science and society, as well as the embeddedness of knowledge in specific cultural and political contexts. These foci provide a unifying framework for her work on the history of philology in Germany, the history of the human sciences in Europe (including Britain), and the history of women in science. As part of the Capturing the Stars research team, Kristine is working to reconstruct the scientific contributions and the lived experiences of women who worked at Yerkes Observatory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her contributions are designed to demonstrate the ways in which women’s labor was essential for the advancement of astronomy and astrophysics, while also challenging contemporary notions about what it means to do science and who “counts” as a scientist.

To learn more about Kristine Palmieri’s research, please see her profile page at IFK and the Department of History.


An astronomer at the Yerkes Observatory telescope, year unknown. Courtesy of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Capturing the Stars: Women’s Networks and the Advancement of Science at Yerkes Observatory, 1895-1940

Project Topics:

2023 – 2024