Hi! I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne. I’ve come to Lausanne from the University of Zurich, where I completed my PhD in 2021.

Most of my research is about the role of knowledge in international relations. I analyze the historical conditions under which scientific information and research materials were exchanged. Thematically, my publications revolve around cybernetics, constructivism, computing, scientific modeling, particle physics and nuclear technoscience. 

These various strands of interests are brought together in a new research project in which I investigate the rise of computer use and data handling in physics. This new project builds on questions raised in my first book project.

I’ve designed courses on a variety of topics at the intersection of education, media, technology, science and history. In one of my recent seminars, students have practiced their writing skills. Their texts are published in entropie.

Fields of interests

  • Science, technology and media from the mid-20th century to the present
  • History of knowledge & historical epistemology
  • Transnational & cultural history

Contact barbara.hof@unil.ch. I’m on researchgate and my UNIL website is here.