Barbara Kirsi Silva (PhD in History, 2015) works on the history of science and technology in contemporary Latin America, with a global perspective. The main topics of her research are history of astronomy, history of solar energy, and scientific knowledge production. This research complements her previous work on identity and nation building processes in the region. Additionally, she has combined academic research with exploring new formats and communication processes of history.

She is the author of the books Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Chasing Southern Stars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Estrellas desde el San Cristóbal (Catalonia, 2019), Identidad Terremoteada (Ediciones UAH, 2018), and the edited volume The Sun at the Service of Mankind. History of Solar Energy in Chile (Ril-USM-Serc, 2019).

She is currently a History Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, Universidad Alberto Hurtado – Chile, and FONDECYT Researcher – Chile, PI project 11200168.