Advisory Board - Vol XI (2017-18)
Dr. Anthony Monaco
President, Tufts University
Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth president of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, Dr. Monaco brings to the Tufts presidency deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, a global perspective, and a keen awareness of the power of higher education to advance individuals and society. Under his leadership, the university has undertaken a comprehensive strategic planning effort and is actively engaged in long-term capital planning to support needed investments in facilities and systems that sustain teaching, research and campus life. In concert with President Monaco’s commitment to broaden access to a Tufts education and contain costs, the university has launched a comprehensive assessment of its administrative and financial resources. A distinguished geneticist, Dr. Monaco served as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at Oxford University from 2007 until his arrival at Tufts. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program.
Dr. Alisha Rankin
Chair, Tufts University Department of History
Dr. Rankin joined the Tufts history department in January 2008, after spending three years as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2005 and her B.A. from Wellesley College in History and German Studies in 1996. Dr. Rankin’s broad research interests include early modern European history (c. 1450-1700), the history of science and medicine, and women's history. Her first book, Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examines 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. She 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, she is working on a new book project with the working title The Poison Trials: Antidotes, Wonder Drugs, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe, which looks at the important role poison antidotes played in attempts to evaluate early modern cures. She is also 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 co-organized (with Elaine Leong) a conference on the topic in June 2014. They just published a special journal issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Summer, 2017) on the topic.
Dr. David Proctor
Lecturer, Tufts University Department of History
David Proctor is a triple jumbo, receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Tufts. He has taught at Tufts as a senior section instructor and lecturer since 1996 specializing in the history of Europe, Byzantium, Southeastern Europe and papal-imperial relations. He is currently a Full-Lecturer in the department of History and serves as adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Classics and a member of the Core Faculty of the International Relations program and of the Archaeology program. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Gerald R. Gill Professor of the Year Award, as well as winner of the 2013 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising.