Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: Self, Culture and Society
Aviva studied history and history of science at Princeton University, where she received her doctorate in 2012. Her book manuscript, The Pursuit of Harmony: Kepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community (under contract with University of Chicago Press), focuses on the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler and the linkages he saw between the harmony of the heavens and the harmony of church and state. Aviva's research interests broadly include the relationship between science and religion; early modern cultural and intellectual history, particularly questions of community and communication; and the history of science (particularly the astronomical and physical sciences) in early modern Europe. Prior to joining the Society of Fellows, Aviva taught in the Western Heritage core at Carthage College.