School of Social and Political Science

Career Decision Making of Astrophysicists

Seminar Series
25 October 2021
15:30 - 16:30





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The path from PhD to a permanent position either in the Academy or at a research facility is the focus of ASTROMOVES. Capturing the lived experiences of scientists embodying complex identities, the project aims to highlight factors that perhaps if addressed will aid in accomplishing the desired demographics within the discipline. Factors such as Career Age, family, belonging, and gender & sexuality are among those gathered during qualitative interviews. The results from ASTROMOVES will be incorporated into a documentary film, thus film clips will be used to illustrate points.

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About our speaker

Like the ASTROMOVES subjects, Holbrook holds degrees in physics, astronomy & astrophysics (from Caltech, San Diego State University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz). The transition to social sciences occurred post PhD through an NSF Minority Postdoc Fellowship at what was then the Centre for the Cultural Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine at UCLA and another at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Career Age: 24, post PhD has lived abroad twice and still lives abroad as part of Science, Technology & Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Holbrook is an expert on African Indigenous Astronomy and has been studying the astrophysics community since 2009. They have produced two award winning films and one award winning web series episode. Holbrook is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Fiji, was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science & Technology Policy Fellow and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Holbrook is the current president of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy & Astronomy in Culture, the former chair of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society, and the former Vice President of Société Européene pour l’Astronomie dans la Culture.


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Key speakers

  • Jarita Holbrook