Silvia Pérez-Criado is 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 recent 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). She currently serves as student ambassador for SHAC.