I received graduate training at the Universidad de Sevilla (Philosophy) and Cornell University (STS) and in 2011 earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Those were the first seeds of my first book, Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014), which is an example of the significance of the history of science and technology for producing more accurate understandings of political economies. It shows that scientists and engineers participated actively in building the Francoist state and links the technological transformation of concrete urban and rural landscapes to forced industrialization, national–Catholicism and the Opus Dei, conflicting autarkies, the transition from the corporate to the regulatory state, and European integration.
For almost three years, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s Centro de Historia de la Ciencia as part of the ERC project "The Earth Under Surveillance," devoted to exploring the connections between transnational Cold War developments and the geophysical sciences.
My current project at the MPIWG aims at bringing together the history of Cold War oceanography with the changing meanings and technologies of hearing underwater. I focus on particular on the Strait of Gibraltar as a chokepoint for global scientific, strategic, and environmental history.
Camprubí, L. (2017). Los ingenieros de Franco: ciencia, catolicismo y Guerra Fría en el Estao franquista. Barcelona: Crítica.Mehr
Camprubí, L., & Robinson, S. (2016). A gateway to ocean circulation: surveillance and sovereignty at Gibraltar. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 46(4), 429-459.Mehr
Camprubí, L., & Johnson, T. (2016). Deserts: the geopolitics of geology. Technosphere Magazine: Phosphorus, (5), 1-12.Mehr
Camprubí, L. (2016). La naturaleza no existe: conservacionismos y relaciones internacionales en Doñana. Arbor, 192(781), 1-16.Mehr
Camprubí, L. (2016). Review of: Gómez, Amparo, Antonio Fco. Canales and Brian Balmer (Eds): Science policies and twentieth-century dictatorships: Spain, Italy, and Argentina. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate 2015. Isis, 107(3), 681-682.Mehr
Camprubí, L. (2016). The invention of the global environment (4 reviews). Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 46(2), 243-251.Mehr
Camprubí, L. (2015). Resource geopolitics: cold war technologies, global fertilizer, and the fate of Western Sahara. Technology and Culture, 56(3), 676-703. doi:10.1353/tech.2015.0077.Mehr
Camprubí, L. (2014). Engineers and the making of the Francoist regime. Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.]: MIT Press.Mehr
Adamson, M., Camprubí, L., & Turchetti, S. (2014). From the ground up: Uranium surveillance and atomic energy in Western Europe. In P. Roberts, & S. Turchetti (
Camprubí, L. (2010). One Grain, One Nation: Rice Genetics and the Corporate State in Early Francoist Spain (1939-1952). Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 40(4), 499-531.Mehr
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science