Igra, Alma

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Pedersen; Year: 2013

I am interested in the history of standards and ethical norms in the inter-war period, and how they relate to the non-human factors (the environment and animals).

My dissertation explores the emergence of nutritional science in Britain, and how studies of vitamins, calories and sufficiency came to redefine the environment and Britain’s role in world politics. I examine a cohort of nutritionists who gained prestige and political influence, from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II.

Prior to this project, I studied history of Mandate Palestine as a case study for British inter-war environmental policies. I examined human-animal relations in Palestine and the emergence of British animal charity organizations in the region.

I am part of the New York–Cambridge Training Collaboration in modern British history.

Fields of interest include International History, British History, and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I also worked and taught in the field of Modern Middle East. 


- M. Phill, Columbia University, New York

- M.A. Central European University, Budapest  

- B.A. Tel Aviv University 


Teaching Assistant at Columbia's history department for the lecture courses: Modern Middle East,and modern British history (1783-1900 and 1900-present), modern European history (1789-present), and Cultural History of Food in Modern Europe.

I was the rapporteur of The University Seminar of Modern British History from 2013 to 2017.  

Public history experience:

I worked as a researcher and history consultant for public history projects at the Museum of Food and Drink, Brooklyn. I received AHA History in Action award for her work on Leftovers, a food history project.  

My literary writing (in Hebrew) was published in Petel, Hotem and You Are Here