History students have numerous chances to carry out historical research outside the classroom setting. From institutional fellowships to independent studies to working as research assistants, Bowdoin College and the History department provide resources and opportunities for students to pursue their historical interests and work closely alongside faculty. Each year, several students choose to conduct Honors Projects, the highest level of work in history offered at Bowdoin. Honors offers students a semester- or year-long experience in intensive research and writing. Honors projects give students the opportunity to work extensively on a project of their own design in close consultation with faculty advisors. Just as importantly, the honors seminar allows students to participate actively in a growing community of scholars..
I have been researching medieval and early modern gynecological and obstetrical texts. I am looking specifically at the ways in which male physicians wrote about women and their bodies. In the works I have surveyed, I have come across a very clear tradition of misogyny and I am investigating how these attitudes towards women would have impacted everyday medical practice
Professor Roberts is currently working on a project about how the domestic lives of French Enlightenment savants intersected with their public lives. I started my project by investigating if the trends she discovered in France also occurred in 18th century Britain. From there, I narrowed my topic to just the eccentric Lunar Society, a philosophical society in British Midlands.