Jimena Canales is an award-winning author and scholar focusing on science in the modern world.
She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of Science and a BSc in Engineering Physics from ITESM. Her first book, A Tenth of a Second: A History (hardcover, paperback, kindle), explored the relation between science and history as one of the central intellectual problems of modern times. Her second book, The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time is now available. Her scholarly work on the history of science had been published in Isis, Science in Context, History of Science, the British Journal for the History of Science, and the MLN, among others. Her work on visual, film and media studies has appeared in Architectural History, Journal of Visual Culture, Thresholds. She writes for general readers publishing in Aperture, Artforum, WIRED, The New Yorker, and Nautilus.
Canales received the “Prize for Young Scholars” of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology and was recently awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp research fellowship award from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She has been a visitor at various universities and research centers including the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, MIT, the Princeton-Weimar Summer School of Media Studies at Princeton University and has lectured widely nationally and internationally, presenting her work at the BBC, the Musée Georges Pompidou, and the Shanghai Biennale. She was previously an Associate Professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow at the IKKM (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie) in Germany, and the Thomas M. Siebel Professor for the History of Science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a Research Affiliate at MIT (2017-2018).