Charlotte Minsky

I study (exo)planets and history.

I just graduated from MIT, where I studied planetary science, history, and a smidgen of computer science.

In 2021-2022, I'll be doing a master's in history of science at the University of Cambridge. After that, I'll start a PhD in planetary science at Harvard in 2022.

In my free time, I listen to podcasts, play various musical instruments, and try to spend time with trees and mountains.

Updated November 2020

Astronomy & Planetary Science

I like in planets and atmospheres and small bodies of all Solar Systems, but especially ones ⪆150 AUs away.

In 2022, I'll be starting a PhD program studying planetary science in Robin Wordsworth's group at Harvard.

At MIT, I majored in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences with a concentration in Planetary Science & Astronomy, and did various research things including being a cog in the NASA/MIT TESS mission and writing a senior thesis about trying to use radial velocity data to look at exoplanet transmission spectra in a new way.

You can hear me chatting with Bill Nye and Corey Powell about looking for exoplanets here.


I research/am interested in things in the blob of topics whose contours are very roughly defined by the phrases "history of science", "settler colonialism", "20th-century Middle East", "land use", and "infrastructure."

In 2021-2022, I'll be pursuing an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science as a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge.

At MIT, I also did a joint major in History and Computer Science (which was basically a History major with some CS classes tacked on). My senior thesis was about settler colonialism and the establishment of the first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory.

During undergrad I also:

Other Activities

I also love teaching, outreach, advocacy, and various community organizations I'm involved with. Feel free to get in touch if you would like me to talk about exoplanets, my history research, or related subjects at your event! I have presented to high school and college audiences, been a guest on podcasts, and facilitated workshops for younger groups.

During undergrad, I also spent various amounts of time on things like:

CV & Contact

You can download a PDF of my CV here. Last updated 06/10/2020.


Social Media: LinkedIn (used rarely), Twitter (used frequently and often sarcastically), GitHub (it's social media if you try hard enough)


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