Research

My research centers on the history of science, philosophy, and medicine in early-modern Europe. My current research focuses on medical epistemology in early-modern England and Continental Europe. Other research interests of mine include sex, religion, geology, and the bodies of women as understood in the early modern period. 

Publications:

  1. “Sexual Dimorphism and Hermaphroditism in Nature” in Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. D. Jalobeanu, C. T. Wolfe, and J.E.H. Smith (Eds.) Life Sciences ed. Vol. 2. Natural History Netherlands, Springer. 2019.
  2. “Filippo Buonanni and the Kircher Museum,” in G. Rosenberg (Ed.) Museums at the Forefront of the History and Philosophy of Geology: History Made, History in the Making. Denver, GSA. 2018
  3. “Boyle, Malpighi, and the Problem of Plastic Powers,” in Medicine and Early Modern Natural Philosophy, v. 14 of the series History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences. P. Distelzweig, B. Goldberg, and E. Ragland (Eds.)  Netherlands, Springer. pp. 295-321, 2016

Invited Talks:

  1. “Early Modern Theories of Menstruation”
    March 25, 2019. NEH Humanities and Medicine Series. Ivy Tech Comm. College, Terra Haute, IN
  2. “Daniel Sennert, Nathaniel, Highmore, and the Problem of Animal Generation”
    Dec. 11, 2015. Department of Renaissance Studies. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  3. “Boyle, Malpighi, and the Problem of Plastic Powers”.
    May 27, 2011. Workshop on Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy. U. of Pittsburgh.

Conference Presentations:

  1. “Kant’s Reduction to the Pristine State: Chemical Method in the Critique of Pure Reason”
    June 2020*. (with Curtis Sommerlatte). Panel: Biology, Chemistry, Medicine. Biennial Congress of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. Singapore. *Postponed due to Covid
  2. “The Rise of Ovism in the Early Modern Period: Changing Theories of Menstruation”
    June 2019. Panel: Early Modern Medicine: Knowledge and Experience. Scientiae Annual Conf. on Early Modern Knowledge. Belfast, NIR
  3. “Origin of Forms and Qualities: Robert Boyle’s Reply to William Harvey”.
    Nov. 4, 2018. Panel: Early Modern Natural Philosophy. Annual Conf. for the History of Science    Society. Seattle, WA.
  4.  “Filippo Buonanni and the Kircher Museum, “Sept. 2016. Panel: Museums at the Forefront. Topical session organized by the GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division and the History of Earth Sciences Society. Annual Conf. for the Geological Society of America. Denver, CO.
  5.  “Walter Needham’s Disquisitio Anatomica de Formato Fœtu,”April 2015. Midwest Junto for the History of Science. Madison, WI.
  6.  “Walter Needham’s Disquisitio Anatomica de Formato Fœtu,” July 2015. Biennial Meeting for the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB). Montréal, Canada.
  7.  “Robert Boyle on Semina, Transmutation, and the Generation of Life,” Mar. 2015. Panel: Transmutation, Digestion and Imagination. Annual Meeting for the Renaissance Society of America (RSA). Berlin, Germany.
  8.  “The ‘Sceptical Chymist’ as Geologist? Robert Boyle on Mineral Formation, Oct. 2014. Panel: The Great Ideas in Geology. Topical session organized by the GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division and the History of Earth Sciences Society. Annual Conf. for the Geological Society of America. Vancouver, Canada.
  9.  “Robert Boyle on Ferments and Fermentation,”   Nov. 2014, Annual Conf. for the History of Science Society. Chicago, IL.
  10.  “Robert Boyle on Ferments and Fermentation,” July 2014, Biennial Conf. for History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS). Ghent, BE.
  11.  “Anselm de Boodt’s Gemmarum et Lapidium Historia,” Oct. 2013. Panel: Great Books in Geology. Topical session organized by the GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division and the History of Earth Sciences Society. Annual Conf. for the Geological Society of America. Denver, CO.
  12.  “Picturing the Great Pox in Renaissance Europe: On the Representation of Disease,” Sept. 2013. Panel: Medicine, 1300 – 1700: Studies Historical, PhilosophicalLiterary. 3rd Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conf. Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, MI.
  13.  “Imitation and Authority in Vesalius and Curtius: A Dispute,” Jan. 2013. Newberry Institute Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Conf. Chicago, IL.
  14.  “Robert Boyle on Principles, Powers, and Petrifaction,” Jul.  2011. Annual Conf. for the British Society for the History of Science. Exeter, UK.
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