Tiffany Nichols is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, a Graduate Student Fellow at the Black Hole Initiative, and an NSF Grantee. Tiffany’s research interests are at the intersection of history, science, physics, technology, environment, and law. Her current research focuses on how place, surrounding environment, and laboratory are embedded in the output signals of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In this vein, she focuses on how physicists and engineers understand what is a gravitational wave signal and what is merely noise generated by the instrument, its location, and surrounding environment.
Prior to her PhD studies, Tiffany earned both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Virginia. She has also held positions at The RAND Corporation, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and at highly ranked U.S. law firms, where she focused on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution and portfolio management. In addition, Tiffany was Chair for the Forum of Graduate Student Affairs of the American Physical Society (APS) from 2019 to 2020. She is currently serving as a Member-at-Large for the Forum on the History and Philosophy of Physics. Tiffany is co-leading the history and philosophy thematic area of the Next-Generation Event Horizon Telescope (ngEHT) Collaboration. She also served as a member of the local organizing committee for the February 2021 Science Meeting of the ngEHT.
Tiffany’s teaching areas include: history of science, history of physics, environmental history, intellectual property law, and topics at the intersection of law and science/technology.