Aviva Rothman


Aviva Rothman studied history and history of science at Princeton University, where she received her doctorate in 2012. Her book manuscript, “The Quest for Harmony: Johannes Kepler’s Vision of Cosmos, Confession, and Community,” focuses on the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler and his efforts to establish harmony across the religious, philosophical/scientific, and political boundaries of a divided Europe at the dawn of the Thirty Years War. Her 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 her arrival at the University of Chicago, Aviva taught in the Western Heritage core at Carthage College.

Publications include:

  • “From Cosmos to Confession: Kepler and the connection between astronomical and religious truth,” in Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology, Ed. Patrick J. Boner, Archimedes Series, 27 (Springer, 2011), pp. 115-133.
  • “Defining astronomical community in early modern Europe,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2011, vol. 42 (1), pp. 231-234.
  • “Forms of Persuasion: Kepler, Galileo, and the Dissemination of Copernicanism,” Journal for the History of Astronomy, 2009, vol. 40 (4), pp. 403-419.