Teasel Muir-Harmony earned a Ph.D. in history of science and technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.A. in history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from the Great Books Program at St. John’s College. Before coming to the Smithsonian, she held positions at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.
Muir-Harmony has written on the history of science diplomacy, international science exhibitions, and the politics of spaceflight. Her book, Apollo to the Moon: A History in Fifty Objects (National Geographic, 2018), highlighting the Apollo Collection at the Smithsonian Institution will be released in October. Muir-Harmony’s current research project explores the complex relationship between diplomacy and space exploration during the space race. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was a member of MIT’s Space Policy & Society Research Group, which produced the white paper, The Future of Human Spaceflight (2009). Muir-Harmony’s research and writing have been supported by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the MIT Presidential Fellowship, the Smithsonian Institution Graduate Research Fellowship, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and the National Science Foundation.
She serves on the exhibit committees for Destination Moon and One World Connected, and is an advisor for a six-part television series under production at the Smithsonian Channel. In addition, Muir-Harmony co-organizes the Space Policy & History Forum and teaches in Georgetown University’s Science, Technology and International Affairs program.