michelleI study the intellectual and cultural history of early modern science and medicine, particularly nonprofessional medical networks and practice in seventeenth-century England. I currently serve as the Director of Digital Library Initiatives at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), where my job is to oversee the development of CHF’s digital collection. I hold a PhD from the University of Warwick and a Certificate in the Curation and Management of Digital Assets from the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining CHF, I was the Director of Digital Library Initiatives at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where I 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. I previously 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, Folger Shakespeare Library, Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Royal Historical Society.

My current research project is an intellectual biography of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615-1691), older sister of the famous natural philosopher 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). I have also published several book chapters and have articles in the Intellectual History Review and Huntington Library Quarterly.