Department of History, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine, Associate Professor
Early Modern Europe
My research interests include the cultural history of science and medicine during the Renaissance and early modern periods; the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries (especially the relations among language, religion, society, natural philosophy, medicine, and natural history); images, visualization, and technologies of the “literal” in early modern science; the history of the body and sexuality; the role of metaphor and narrative in science; and the function of technologies of communication in the production and dynamics of knowledge and culture. In addition, I am also interested in medical humanities, literature and medicine, and the narrative construction of illness and the physician-patient relationship.