Lucas Müller is a teaching fellow at ETH Zurich and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva. Lucas earned a PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2019. He holds degrees in chemistry from ETH Zurich and in history of science, medicine, and technology from Imperial College London and University College London.
Lucas Müller analyzes the interaction of science, technology, politics, and commerce in transforming the environment, health, and wealth since the late nineteenth century. During this period, scientific experts became prominent actors in national and international government institutions. He investigates how scientists have uncovered health and environmental problems and developed technological and policy interventions to mitigate environmental risks. His work contributes to understanding the vexed relationship between experts’ scientific-technical solutions and social, economic, and political conflicts over resources and risks.
Lucas is currently completing a book, tentatively titled Toxic Relationships: Health, Trade, and Science in a Decolonizing World, on the global history of food contaminants since 1960. The book is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. He has published articles and chapters in BioSocieties, Social History of Medicine, and Risk on the Table, ed. By Angela Creager and Jean-Paul Gaudillière. In 2020, he was elected to the Swiss Young Academy and serves as its speaker in 2021-2022.