I’m an interdisciplinary historian whose research focuses on early modern science and medicine, particularly women in medicine and household remedy collections. Currently, I am the S. Gordon Castigliano Director of Digital Library Initiatives in the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Over the 2013-2014 academic year, I’m also Visiting Professor in Health, Medicine and Society at Lehigh University and Allington Research Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. I hold a PhD from the University of Warwick.
At The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, I oversee digitization projects and serve 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 taught at Georgia Tech 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. 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).
My current book-in-progress 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.