Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor 


Kristine Palmieri is a historian of science and knowledge in German-speaking Europe whose work spans the early modern and modern periods. Her research focuses especially on the history of philology and language studies, the history of the human sciences (broadly defined), as well as the history of scholarly practices and scientific methods. She also has longstanding interests in the history of European encounters with ‘others’ and new interests in the global history of ‘modern’ science.

Kristine earned her joint PhD at the University of Chicago in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and the Department of History. She has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences (Amsterdam), and the Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung (Halle).

As a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge she is currently working on her first monograph, Nurseries of Progress: Classical Philology, Research Seminars, and the Ethos of Science in Germany, 1700-1870. She is also project collaborator for history for the University of Chicago Women's Board funded research project, “Capturing the Stars: Early Twentieth Century Astronomical Astronomy and the Untold History of Women at Yerkes Observatory,” in cooperation with colleagues at the University Library and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She is currently co-curating an exhibit in connection with this project, which will open at the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center in September 2023.