Aro Velmet, Research Associate, Wadham College
Aro joined Oxford as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Research Associate at Wadham College in 2017.
He is based at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and is also an incoming Assistant Professor of History at the University of Southern California.
Aro's research investigates the history of bacteriology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a focus on how changing conceptions of human-microbial relations shaped imperial governance in colonial France. Aro holds a PhD from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of Vikerkaar, a literary-cultural magazine published in Estonia.
As a research associate, Aro aims to develop meetings and seminars that address questions of both academic and individual diversity, and that bring together scholars across disciplines, from the humanities to the natural sciences.