Dr. Clare Griffin is a historian of science with interests in practical knowledge, commodity exchange, and translation in the early modern global world. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, for a dissertation on translation and medical knowledge exchange at the seventeenth-century Russian palace. Prior to joining NU, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Clare is also editor of H-EarlySlavic, an academic discussion list concerned with pre-modern Eastern European history.
Dr. Griffin says, “As a historian, I am very interested in old things. But I am also fascinated by new things: going new places, meeting new people, having new experiences. I have lived and worked in a lot of old places – London, Cambridge, Berlin, Moscow – so to come to Astana, with all its shiny new buildings, and to NU, itself very new by the standards of universities, was for me too good an opportunity to pass up. To be here for the early stages of building an institution is a great challenge. I also confess to being a language nerd, so living in the open air Russian-Kazakh phrasebook that is Astana is fascinating and fun. And hey, NU also took us new staff to an Ethno Auyl, and I held an eagle! I am very excited to be here right now, and to see what happens next.”
For the fall 2017 semester Dr. Griffin will be teaching HST 123: Introduction to the History of Science and Technology and HST 240: Representations of Nature in the Early Modern World.
Welcome to NU Dr. Griffin!