Alma Steingart

Alma Steingart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. She researches the interplay between politics and mathematical rationalities. Steingart’s second book manuscript, “Accountable Democracy: Mathematical Reasoning and Representative Democracy in America, 1920 to Now,” examines how mathematical thought and computing technologies have impacted electoral politics in the United States in the twentieth century. In Pure Abstraction: Mathematical Thought and High Modernism (University of Chicago Press), Steingart excavates the influence of axiomatic reasoning on mid-century American intellectual thought, from the natural and social sciences to literary criticism and modern design. Professor Steingart was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a predoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.