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Assistant 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. It now feels as if I never left.
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, examines German princesses who became widely known and admired for their medical knowledge in the sixteenth century – and particularly for making medicinal cures. It is currently in the final production stages and will be published by the University of Chicago Press in early 2013. 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 have started a new book project on wonder drugs, poison antidotes, and panaceas in early modern Europe, and I have published two articles on the topic.
My courses cover my range of research interests. I have developed courses on Renaissance and Reformation Europe; gender and family; medieval and early modern medicine; and the history of the book. I also teach a survey course called Science and Technology in World History as part of the IR Core.
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 toddler running around on the President's Lawn now and then. When I have time, I also very much enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, cooking, and especially baking. Students in my seminars are sometimes beneficiaries of my baking experiments.
Early Modern Europe, the History of Science and Medicine, Women's History, the History of the Body and Sexuality
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