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- history of science & medicine, environmental history, history of natural history and geography, history of ideas of indigenous/native/exotic species, history of paperwork, bureaucracy, & administration, history of women, gender, and the family in science, early modern European history (1450-1750)
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- Am currently busy trying to finish a book project, but plan to change my listing on the site once I have time again!
- About Me
I currently teach European history and the history of science, medicine, and the environment at SUNY-Stony Brook. My first book, titled Inventing the Indigenous: Local Knowledge and Natural History in Early Modern Europe, looked at how Europeans in the wake of Christopher Columbus’s voyages got into debates about the value of “native” and/or “exotic” substances, leading them to write catalogs/inventories of their own “indigenous” natural worlds in their own towns and territories within Europe. I am currently working on a book project on the role of families and households in the emergence of modern science during the Scientific Revolution.
- Recent Publications
“Placing plants on paper: Lists, herbaria, and tables as experiments with territorial inventory at the mid-seventeenth century Gotha court,” History of Science, accepted & forthcoming.
“Afterword: Science and the Domestic Sphere in the Longue Durée,” in Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science, ed. Donald L. Opitz, Staffan Bergwik, and Brigitte van Tiggelen (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 281-287.
“Environment and the Natural World,” annotated bibliography in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO): Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press, Jan. 15, 2014). Approx. 50 pages typescript.
“Picturing Nature: Gender and the Politics of Natural-Historical Description in Eighteenth-Century Gdańsk/Danzig,” Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, special issue on “The Cultural Production of Natural Knowledge,” 36, 4 (December 2013), 519-529.
“Women and Science,” annotated bibliography in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO): Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press, Dec. 17, 2012). Approx. 30 pages typescript.
Inventing the Indigenous: Local Knowledge and Natural History in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
“Homes and Households,” in The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. Katharine Park and Lorraine Daston (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 224-237.
“The Indigenous versus the Exotic: Debating Natural Origins in Early Modern Europe,” Landscape Research, 28, 1 (2003), 51-60 (as part of special issue on “The Native, Naturalized, and Exotic: Plants and Animals in History”).
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- Country Focus
- Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, plus Western & Central Europe more generally
- Expertise by Geography
- Germany, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- Book History, Environment, Family, Gender, Medicine, Science, Women