Alison Laurence

Alison Laurence is a doctoral candidate at MIT in the interdisciplinary History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) program. Informed by work experience in history and natural history museums, her research explores how material relics of the planetary past, and prehistoric animals in particular, are transformed into cultural artifacts and function as historically situated artifacts. She is currently completing her dissertation, “A Conservative History of Deep Time: Learning from Extinct Animals in the Modern United States,” with support from the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation. Her collaborative work has appeared in the History of Anthropology Newsletter and Anthropocene Curriculum. Prior to doctoral research, Alison earned a BA in Classics from Brown University and an MA in History and Public History from the University of New Orleans.