Jonathan Galka

Jonathan Galka

Jonathan GalkaJonathan Galka

Visiting PhD Student

Department of Ecological Anthropology

E-mail: jgalka[at]

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Research interests

History of modern biology, natural history, science and technology studies, deep ocean research, mollusks, invertebrate symbiosis


Expected May 2025  Harvard University    

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of the History of Science

May 2018  Yale University

Bachelor of Arts, History of Science, Medicine & Public Health

Bachelor of Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology                            


Selected Honors, Awards & Fellowships

2021  David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Travel Fellowship

2020  Erwin Hiebert Conference Travel Fellowship

2019-2025  Harvard University Presidential Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

2015-2018  Yale College Global Health Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT

2018  Parker Huang Postgraduate Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT

2017  Global Health Seed Funding Award, Yale University, New Haven CT

2017  Bates Research Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT

2017  Davenport Class of 1956 Summer Arts Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT


Professional Experience

2020-21  Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences | Visiting PhD Student

2018-19  University of Malaya CERiA | Fulbright Researcher

2017  University of Malaya CERiA | Research Scientist

2016  Big Cypress National Preserve | Research Assistant in Medical Entomology

2015  Biohabitats, Inc. | Ecology Research Assistant


Selected Accepted Conference Presentations

“Terraforming Beautiful China: Island-Building and Chang’E Lunar Exploration in the Making of the Chinese State” 4S (Prague, Czechia (virtual), August 21, 2020)

“Liggers in their Landscapes: Liguus Tree Snails and 20th Century Biology” Joint-Atlantic Society Biology (Baltimore, MD (Postponed to 2021), March 28, 2020)

“My PrEP Locator: PrEP Directory in Malaysia” 19th annual International Congress of Infectious Diseases, (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 2020)

Willingness to Use Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention and PrEP Implementation Preferences Among Transgender Women in Malaysia” 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (Mexico City, Mexico, July 2019)

Publications in Refereed Journals

Galka JM, Wang M, Azwa I, Gibson B, Lim SH, Shrestha R, Wickersham JA (2020) Willingness to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and PrEP implementation preferences among transgender women in Malaysia, Transgender Health X:X, DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2020.0003.

Shrestha R, Galka JM, Azwa I, Lim SH, Guadamuz TE, Altice FL, Wickersham JA (2020) Willingness to use HIV self-testing and associated factors among transgender women in Malaysia, Transgender Health Sep 2020.182-190., DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0085.

Genome studies must account for history  (with Richardson SS, Borsa A, Boulicault M, Ghosh N, Gompers A, Noll NE, Perret M, Reiches MW, Sandoval JCB, Shattuck-Heidorn H, Vitti J, Weir B, & Zhao H). 2019. Science, 366(6472), 1461–1461.

Publications in Popular Media

Galka, J.  “Sex, Gender, and Deep Space: Lessons from Earthly Anxieties Reproduced Past 100 Kilometers (Or, Who Gets to Take Up Space?)” GenderSci Blog, August, 25, 2020.

Works in Progress

1.  The Saudade of Conus: Circulation, (Post)Coloniality, and Sea Snails in Cabo Verde
2.  Mollusk Loves: Becoming with Native and Introduced Land Snails in the Hawaiian Islands
3.  Liggers in Landscapes: Liguus Snails and Their Naturalists in the 20th Century Florida Straits
4.  Valve Timings: Modernity, Mussels, and the Making of Invertebrate Sensation
5.  Inside the Outer Dark: Molluscan geotactics in the history of sense beyond sense

Professional Memberships

2020-  Society for the Social Studies of Science