School of Social and Political Science

Jarita Holbrook

Job Title

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Research interests

Research interests

Holbrook studies astronomy in culture using methods drawn from anthropology, sociology, STS and regularly collaborates with experts beyond these disciplines. ASTROMOVES is their MSCA project, which focuses on the career decision making of astrophysicists and scientists from related fields. ASTROMOVES brings gender and sexual diversity as well as hidden and visible disabilities into dialogue with navigating academic and non-academic careers. Holbrook is interested in mentoring postgraduate students focused on astronomical heritage (indigenous, observatories, intangible), studies of astrophysicists, ethnographic studies of indigenous astronomy especially African indigenous astronomy, and those interested in understanding the processes of inclusion and exclusion related to space industry. 


Dr Holbrook has a wikipedia profile ( which gives many details of their background.  


Astronomy & Astrophysics

University of California, Santa Cruz
MS Astronomy San Diego State University
BS Physics California Institute of Technology


Staff Hours and Guidance

Generally available during business hours M-Th. Contact Dr Holbrook through Teams or via email to schedule a meeting. 

Publications by user content

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Gullberg S, Mejuto J, Garcia B, Hamacher D, Holbrook J, Lopez AM et al. IAU inter-commission C1-C3-C4 working group on archaeoastronomy and astronomy in culture: Triennial report, 2018– 2021. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. 2023 Apr 12;25(2):311-317. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1440-2807.2022.02.12
Holbrook J. ASTROMOVES: Astrophysics, diversity, mobility. In Ros RM, Garcia B, Gullberg S, Moldon J, Rojo P, editors, Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy. S367 ed. Vol. 15. Cambridge University Press. 2021. p. 286-292. (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union ). doi: 10.1017/S1743921321000909
Carroll S, Garba I, Figueroa-Rodriguez O, Holbrook J, Lovett R, Materechera S et al. The CARE principles for Indigenous data governance. Data Science Journal. 2020 Nov 4;19. doi: 10.5334/dsj-2020-043
Lee AS, Maryboy N, Begay D, Buck W, Catricheo Y, Hamacher D et al. Indigenous Astronomy: Best Practices and Protocols for Including Indigenous Astronomy in the Planetarium Setting. In Smith DW, editor, Proceedings of the 25th International Planetarium Society Conference. The International Planetarium Society. 2020. p. 69-77
Holbrook JC. The Square Kilometre Array art exhibition. In Henty L, Brown D, editors, Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens. Routledge. 2019. p. 200-215. (Routledge Studies in Archaeology).
Holbrook J, Gu D, Traweek S. Reaching for the stars without an invitation. American Scientist. 2018 Dec 31;106(5):296-297.
Leeuw LL, Holbrook J. The role of the IAU gleaned from oral histories of individuals involved in astronomy in South Africa. In Sterken C, Hearnshaw J, Valls-Gabaud D, editors, Under One Sky: The IAU Centenary Symposium. Cambridge University Press. 2018. p. 240-247. (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union; 349). doi: 10.1017/S1743921319000371
Holbrook JC. Astronomy development and film making in the Karoo. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. 2018 Jun 16;18(4):289-295. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1477982
Jijelava B, Holbrook J, Simonia I. Astronomical context of Georgian folklore. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. 2016 Oct 31;9(37):1-8. doi: 10.17485/ijst/2016/v9i37/94312
Holbrook J. Astronomy, indigenous knowledge and interpretation: Advancing studies of cultural astronomy in South Africa. Journal of Astronomy in Culture. 2016 Jun 23;1(1):1-7.
Holbrook J, de Prada-Samper JM. |XAM Skylore of the Karoo Desert, South Africa. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. 2016 Jan 30;16(4):81-86. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.220903
Holbrook J. Cultural astronomy in Africa south of the Sahara. In Ruggles CLN, editor, Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. New York: Springer. 2014. p. 1013-1030 Epub 2014 Jul 7. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6141-8_99
Horton KR, Holbrook JC. Gender studies and the role of women in physics. In Cunningham B, editor, Women in Physics: American Institute of Physics Conference Series. Vol. 1517. AIP Publishing. 2013. p. 33-34 doi: 10.1063/1.4794216
Holbrook J. Cultural Astronomy for Linguists. In The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork. Oxford University Press. 2012 doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199571888.013.0016
Holbrook J, Oluseyi H, Williams-Livingston A. Total solar eclipse coverage in Africa: Boundary maintenance and the control of 'image' within the African-American scientific community. Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies. 2012;26(5):762-787. doi: 10.1080/02560046.2012.744731
Holbrook JC, Baleisis A. Naked-eye astronomy for cultural astronomers. In AFRICAN CULTURAL ASTRONOMY. 2008. p. 53-75. (Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings).
Holbrook JC, Temi P. An analysis of the infrared reflection nebula and circumstellar environment of GL 2136. Astrophysical Journal. 1998 Mar 20;496(1):280-291.