Reader in the History of Modern European Knowledge
Fellow of Corpus Christi College
After taking my PhD in 1993 as a Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, I then worked at the University of Warwick, the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL before returning to Cambridge to take up a position in the Faculty of History in 2010.
My research interests centre upon European history in the ‘long eighteenth century’, especially France. Since my first book, Utopia's Garden (Chicago, 2000), which concerned the main natural history institution in Paris, founded during the First French Republic, I have published two other monographs on the history of food and diet in eighteenth-century France, Eating the Enlightenment (Chicago, 2012), on Enlightenment café culture, and Feeding France (Cambridge, 2014), on early industrial foods, which describes the first and only mashed potato factory in Republican France! I am currently working on a book on drug-taking during the reign of Louis XIV.
I teach on both European history and the history of science and medicine in the transition from early to late modernity. Currently I am teaching on Part I, Papers 1 (Themes and Sources option iv, 'Remaking the Modern Body'), 16 and 17, and on Part II, Specified Subjects 11 and 14.
I am a member of the British Society for the History of Science and the European Society for the History of Science.
I have supervised on a range of areas, including the history of food and chemistry from the early modern period till the end of the nineteenth century, the sciences in the French Revolution, cultural history in long eighteenth-century France and the global history of pharmacy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am not currently taking on any more graduate students.
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Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, CB2 1RH