Alma Steingart is a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. A historian of mathematics, she is currently working on two projects.
The first, Conditional Inequalities: Shifting Epistemologies and Pedagogies in American Pure and Applied Mathematics from the Cold War to the Present, is an investigation of American mathematics in the three decades following World War II. In it, she demonstrates how ideas about what counted as legitimate mathematical knowledge were deeply embedded in political, economic and institutional concerns shaped by science during the Cold War.
The second project focuses on mathematical modeling in the last three decades of the twentieth century, examining the efflorescence of new techniques by which mathematicians generate “mathematical manifestations” by representing abstract ideas in multiple media.