Alexandra Straub

Alexandra (Ali) Straub is a doctoral candidate in Temple University’s History Department, and a Beckman dissertation fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. She is interested in the intersection of environment, technology, and culture. Her dissertation explores the history of both industrial and domestic water softening. An exploration of water softening illuminates the regularity and uniformity of environmental control in some unsuspected spaces—like the belly of locomotive, a boiler, or a woman’s washtub. Her dissertation also aims to center women in the history of environmental management and the production of certain environmental knowledge.