alina Shron was born in Saint Petersburg on November 3rd 1990, at the dusk of the Soviet Union. At age eight, she emigrated to Germany with her mother and grandmother. She never regretted that decision, though no one thought to ask her at that time. Not because she doesn’t like Russia (she does), but because growing up in Europe opened up the kind of possibilities that her foremothers could only have dreamt of (and dream they did). Like spending half a year on exchange in the United States at the age of 15, volunteering with autistic adolescents in Israel for a year after high school, or studying at four different international universities in pursuit of such lofty subjects as philosophy, literary and theatre studies, anthropology, and psychology (among others).
Long past what is to this day considered a viable marital age for eligible bachelorettes in many of the world’s countries, she roams the planet aspiring to what she calls morphosmosis: lifelong transformation, adaptation, and assimilation of knowledge and virtue. Like most millennials, she grapples with issues small and big: media-induced procrastination, historical legacies of exploitation (culture, capital, and climate), and civic responsibilities in an increasingly borderless yet fragmented world. Her academic work seeks to do what is more often preached than reached: aligning the natural sciences and humanities in the common interest of empirically-grounded and socially-engaged understanding of the powers and pitfalls of the evolving human mind.