michelleI’m an interdisciplinary historian whose research focuses on early modern science and medicine, particularly women in medicine and household remedy collections. I am also active in the Digital Humanities and currently serve as the Curator of Digital Collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF).  I hold a PhD from the University of Warwick.

Prior to joining CHF, I was the Director of Digital Library Initiatives at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where I oversaw digitization projects and served as a member of the Governance Group for the Medical Heritage Library, an open access digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries. Prior to this, I coordinated an MA program at NYU-London, and have taught at Lehigh University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Warwick. I have received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Wellcome Trust, Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Royal Historical Society.

My current project is an intellectual biography of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615-1691), older sister to the famous chemist Robert Boyle. While Lady Ranelagh had a life-long influence on her younger brother, this biography shows that she herself was considered an authority on diverse scientific subjects and that she had an international correspondence network of her own. A collection of essays I co-edited with Sara Pennell, Reading and Writing Recipe Books 1550-1800, is now available from Manchester University Press (2013).