Assistant Professor of History
On leave for the 2014-15 academic year.
19 Hubbard Hall
I am a historian of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World with particular interests in cultural history and the history of science and medicine. My work has been supported by numerous fellowships, including a Jacob K. Javits fellowship from the Department of Education and a Millstone Fellowship from the Western Society for French History.
I am currently writing my first book, titled “Living Proof: Intellectual Families in Enlightenment France.” In an era that placed a premium on the personal and social value of family life and love, eighteenth-century French philosophers pursued happy home lives for themselves instead of following the traditional model of the stoic thinker “married” to Philosophy. This domestic turn shaped the development and practice of knowledge. Savants collaborated with their wives and children and even transformed their offspring into test subjects for their ideas about education and inoculation. The process of reshaping society began at home.
“Philosophes Mariés and Epouses Philosophiques: Men of Letters and Marriage in Eighteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 35, no. 3 (Summer 2012), 509-539.
My current course rotation introduces students to the political, cultural, and social history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World.