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Folger Shakespeare Library
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Britain and the Atlantic, history of the body, history of gender and sexuality, history of medicine, food history, friendship and sociability
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About Me

Amanda E. Herbert is Assistant Director at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she runs the Fellowships Program. She holds the MA and PhD degrees in History from The Johns Hopkins University. She is co-editor of The Recipes Project, co-curator of the exhibition “First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas” at the Folger Library, and co-director of the multi-year, $1.5 million research project, Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, a Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research at the Folger InstituteShe is a historian of the body: gender and sexuality, medicine and health, food and drink.

Recent Publications


Water Works: Faith, Public Health, and Medicine in the British Atlantic (book in progress). 

Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain (New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2014).
Prize: Best Book, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (2015).


“The Wandering Sick Poor in the Early Modern British Atlantic,” Routledge History of Early Modern Poverty, 1450-1800 (book under contract, Routledge). 

“‘The Only Suports of My Spirits’: Anglo-Irish Social Networks in the Seventeenth Century,” in Women’s Life Writing and Early Modern Ireland, Julie Eckerle and Naomi McAreavey, eds. (book under contact, University of Nebraska Press).  

“Queer Intimacy: Speaking with the Dead in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Gender and History, Vol. 30 No. 2 (July 2018).

“Companions in Preaching and Suffering: Itinerant Female Quakers in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century British Atlantic World,” Early American Studies Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter 2011), 96-136. 

 “Gender and the Spa: Space, Sociability and Self at British Health Spas, 1640-1714,” The Journal of Social History Vol. 43 (Winter 2009), 361-382. 

Media Coverage
I have been involved in programs and productions for BBC Radio 4, NPR's "With Good Reason," and NPR's "The Salt."
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, England, Ireland, North America, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Gender, Medicine, Religion, Sexuality, Women