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Associate Professor of History
Early Modern Europe
I joined the Tufts history department in January 2008. Previously
I had spent three years as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity
College, University of Cambridge. As much as I enjoyed England, I
was delighted to return to the Boston area, which has felt like home
to me for many years: I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in
2005 and my B.A. from Wellesley College in 1996.
My broad research interests include early modern European history
(c. 1450-1700), the history of science and medicine, and women's
history. My first book, Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers
in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examined
German princesses who became widely known and admired for their
medical knowledge in the sixteenth century – and particularly for
making medicinal cures. It won the 2014 Gerald Strauss Prize for
Reformation History. I also co-edited a collection of essays titled
Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500-1800, which was
published by Ashgate Press in 2011. In addition, I am working on a
new book project with the working title The Poison Trials: Antidotes
and Experiment in Early Modern Europe, which describes the important
role poison antidotes played in attempts to evaluate early modern
cures. I am involved with the working group "Testing Drugs and
Trying Cures in Early Modern Europe" at the Max Planck Institute for
the History of Science in Berlin, and I co-organized (with Elaine
Leong) a conference on the topic in June 2014. We are about to
publish a volume of essays by conference participants as a special
issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
My courses cover my range of research interests. I have developed
courses on Renaissance and Reformation Europe; gender and family;
the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book. I
teach a survey course called Science and Technology in World History
as part of the IR Core, and I am also core faculty in Women's,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Environmental Studies.
Outside of work, most of my time is devoted to my two young boys. We
live very close to the Tufts campus, and you may see my children
running around on the President's Lawn or scooting through the
academic quad at breakneck speed now and then. I am an avid runner
when not beset with injury, I also very much enjoy hiking,
cross-country skiing, cooking, and baking. Students in my seminars
are sometimes beneficiaries of my baking experiments.
I am on leave in 2016, but I look forward to returning to teaching
in January, 2017.
Early Modern Europe, the History of Science and Medicine, Women's History,
the History of the Body and Sexuality
- Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of
Science, Berlin, July-August 2016
- Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, Sept 2015- May 2016
- Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, May-June 2014
- Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities at Tufts, 2012-2013
- Faculty Research Awards Committee Fellowship, Tufts University,
- Junior Research Fellowship in
History, Trinity College, Cambridge, 2004-2008
- Dissertation Finishing Grant,
Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2004-2005
- Dissertation Research Fellowship,
American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 2003-2004
- Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation
Research in Original Sources, 2002-2003
- Wellesley College Eugene Cox
Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2002-2003
- Fulbright Fellowship for the Study
of History in Germany, 1996-1997
- Gerald Strauss Book Prize for Reformation History, Sixteenth Century Studies Society and Conference, 2014
- Shryock Medal, American Association
for the History of Medicine, 2005
- Bok Center Certificate of
Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2002
Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern
Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Winner of the 2014 Gerald Strauss Prize for Reformation History
from the Sixteenth-Century Studies Society and Conference.
Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science,
1500-1800, co-edited with Elaine
Leong (Ashgate Press, 2011).
- "Exotic Materials and Treasured Knowledge: The
Valuable Legacy of Noblewomen's Pharmacy in Early Modern
Germany," Renaissance Studies, 28 (2014): 533-555.
- "How to Cure the Golden Vein: Medical Remedies as
Wissenschaft in Early Modern Germany," in Ways of Making
and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge,
ed. Pamela H. Smith, Amy Meyers, and Harold Cook (Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press, 2014), 113-137.
- "Women in Science and Medicine, 1400-1800." In The
Ashgate Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe,
ed. Allyson Poska, Katherine McIver, and Jane Couchman. Ashgate
- "Empirics, Physicians, and Wonder Drugs in Early
Modern Germany: The Case of the Panacea Amwaldina."
Early Science and Medicine 14 (2009): 680-710.
- "Experimente am Hof: Die pharmazeutische Praxis der
Anna on Sachsen (1532-1585)." Sächsische Heimat Blätter
55:2 (2009): 155-163.
- "The Housewife's Apothecary in Early Modern Austria:
Wolfgang Helmhard von Hohberg's Georgica curiosa (1682)."
Medicina & Storia, 15 (2008): 59-78.
- "Duchess, Heal Thyself: Elisabeth of Rochlitz and the
Patient's Perspective in Early Modern Germany." Bulletin of
the History of Medicine, 82 (2008): 109-144. Winner of the
2005 Richard Harrison Shryock medal for the best essay by a
- "Becoming an Expert Practitioner: Court
Experimentalism and the Medical Skills of Anna of Saxony
(1532-85)." Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society
98 (2007): 23-53.