Assistant Professor of History
Member of STS
Davis , CA 95616
Office Hours for Spring 2013:
- Thursday, 1:30–3:30
- PhD, History, Stanford University, 2004
- MA, History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, 1998
- BA, History, UC Berkeley, 1995
I am a historian of early modern Europe, with a particular interest in Rome and Italy, although my research ranges across Western Europe. Trained as a historian of science, my research focuses on what might be called (anachronistically) the history of the social or human sciences. As such I locate myself at the intersection of the subfields of intellectual history and history of science—an especially fertile territory in the early modern period, when European scholars did not yet respect the disciplinary boundaries that emerged in the nineteenth century. My book, Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity, was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2013. My next major research project is a study of the early modern origins of Orientalist scholarship focusing on Rome as a Mediterranean entrepôt for the circulation of knowledge between Christian and Islamic societies.
Early modern Europe, especially Italy and Rome; intellectual history; history of science; history of knowledge
“Une collaboration dans la cosmopolis catholique: Abraham Ecchellensis et Athanasius Kircher,” in Abraham Ecchellensis, l'orientalisme et la science (XVIIe siècle), ed. B. Heyberger (Brepols: Turnhout, 2010).
“Utility, Edification, and Superstition: Jesuit Censorship and Athanasius Kircher’s Oedipus Aegyptiacus.” In The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts 1540–1773, ed. John O’Malley, et. al. University of Toronto Press, 2006.