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Associate Professor of History
History of Science and Medicine
I joined the Tufts history department in January 2008, after
spending three years as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College,
University of Cambridge. I received my Ph.D. in the History of Science
from Harvard University in 2005 and my B.A. from Wellesley College in
History and German Studies 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)
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. 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,
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. 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 just published a special journal
issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Summer, 2017) on
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 core
faculty in STS, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, IR, and Environmental Studies.
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
- "Testing Drugs and Trying Cures": Special issue of the Bulletin
of the History of Medicine, 91 (Summer, 2017). Co-edited with
- "On Anecdote and Antidotes: Poison Trials in Early Modern Europe."
Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 91 (Summer 2017): 274-302.
- "Testing Drugs and Trying Cures: Experiment and Medicine in Early
Modern Europe," with Elaine Leong. Bulletin of the History of Medicine,
91 (Summer 2017): 157-182.
- "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.