Silvia Pérez-Criado came to the Institute as a PhD candidate in historical and social studies of science, medicine and scientific communication at the López Piñero Inter-University Institute of the University of Valencia. Her thesis is focused on the uses of DDT in Spain (1939–1977), organized around three groups of issues:
- historical actors (the role of experts, such as agronomists and doctors, and activists and their relationship with industry and regulatory agencies);
- the production and uses of DDT in public health, agriculture, and the household (pesky insects in homes); and
- regulations during the Franco regime.
Pérez-Criado completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Granada in 2014, a master’s degree in history of science and scientific communication (Extraordinary Award) at the University of Valencia in 2015, and a master’s degree in science education at the University of Granada in 2016. Before embarking on the PhD, Silvia taught high school science for two years. Her other awards include a two-week travel grant from the Science History Institute as well as two consecutive New Scholar Awards (2019 and 2020) from the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC).