Current Project

I am completing 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.


(co-editor with Sara Pennell) Reading and Writing Recipe Books 1550-1800 (collection of essays, Manchester University Press, 2013)

Journal Articles

‘Such a Sister Became Such a Brother’: Lady Ranelagh’s Influence on Robert Boyle”. Intellectual History Review 25.1 (2015), pp. 21-36.

“Lady Ranelagh’s Book of Kitchen-Physick? Reattributing Authorship for Wellcome Library MS 1340”, Huntington Library Quarterly 77.3 (2014), pp. 331-346.

Essays and Book Chapters

“‘Communicating Medical Recipes: Robert Boyle’s Genre and Rhetorical Strategies for Print” in The Palgrave Handbook to Early Modern Science and Literature, ed. Howard Marchitello and Evelyn Tribble (Palgrave, 2016), pp. 209-228.

“The Rhetoric of Medical Authority in Lady Katherine Ranelagh’s Letters” in Women and Epistolary Agency in Early Modern Culture 1450-1690, ed. James Daybell and Andrew Gordon (Routledge, 2016), pp. 96-109.

“Medical Networks and Textual Evidence: Re-Evaluating Authorship in Early Modern Manuscript Recipe Books” in Reading and Writing Recipe Books 1550-1800, ed. Michelle DiMeo and Sara Pennell (Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 25-46.

(co-author with Rebecca Laroche) “On Elizabeth Isham’s ‘Oil of Swallows’: Animal Slaughter in Early Modern Women’s Medical Recipes” in In Dialogue with Nature: Eco-Feminist Approaches to Early Modernity, ed. Rebecca Laroche and Jennifer Munroe (Palgrave, 2011), pp. 117-41.

“Openness vs. Secrecy in the Hartlib Circle: Revisiting ‘Democratic Baconianism’ in Interregnum England”, in Secrets and Knowledge: Medicine, Science and Commerce 1500-1800, ed. Elaine Leong and Alisha Rankin (Ashgate, 2011), pp. 105-24.