Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
from Sept 2018: John Carter Brown Library
Website URL
cultural history, history of science, history of art, Atlantic history, global history, early modern history, history of ideas, intellectual history, the Renaissance, monster studies, history of collecting, cultural encounters, visual culture, material culture.
Additional Contact Information
In Europe until early September. In Providence, RI from September 2018.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a 2018-19 longterm fellow at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. I formerly taught at Western Connecticut State University, where I was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2018. My first book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge UP, 2016; paperback 2017), won the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history, awarded by the Journal of the History of Ideas, and the 2017 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History/Theology, awarded by the Sixteenth-Century Society & Conference, and has just (May 2018) been longlisted for the 2018 Pickstone Prize for the best scholarly book in the history of science, awarded by the British Society for the History of Science.

My research intervenes in an ongoing re-orientation of Early Modern Studies, history of science, and history of art towards a greater focus on global interconnections. It is distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach to unpacking broad concepts. I have published on credibility, on the intertwined concepts of human and monster, and on the geographical concepts of America and the ‘wondrous east’. I am currently working on a new book project, Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire. My research has been supported by institutions that include the Folger Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the American Philosophical Society, the American Historical Association, the Library of Congress, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Recent Publications

Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016; paperback 2017), 380pp. Winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize and the Morris D. Forkosch Prize; long-listed for the Pickstone Prize.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Western Europe
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, Caribbean, Central America, England, France, Germany, Latin America, North America, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Book History, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Medicine, Museums, Race, Science, Technology