Alison studies the history of chemistry in the U.S. and Europe in the 20th century, with a focus on the development and imperial application of chemical weapons technologies. Broadly speaking, she is interested in questions of science, technology, and empire: how imperial aims have spurred technological development, how similar technologies have been applied in imperial versus domestic contexts, and how competing empires have exchanged scientific knowledge.
She double-majored in history and chemistry at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with honors in 2016. Her senior thesis examined the research priorities and rhetorical underpinnings of Italian national science organizations during the fascist era, highlighting their conception of technological modernity as part and parcel of imperial conquest.
Prior to attending Princeton, Alison lived and breathed popular science education as a docent at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She interned in the Collections Department of the Minnesota Historical Society, where she contributed to a public history project documenting the state’s involvement in the First World War.