As of fall 2008, I am Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University. I remain in an adjunct position at UCSB but I am not taking new graduate students. My e-mail at OSU is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I am interested in the interactions between animals and human society in history.
My current research in this area is about animals, anatomy, and natural history in early modern Paris.
- My second main area of research is on the role of history in ecological restoration.
I am collaborating with Jenifer Dugan, a marine ecologist, on a study of the ecological history of UCSB’s West Campus.
- I continue to do work in the history of early modern medicine.
I continue to publish articles in this area. A particular area of interest here is food and diet.
- The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Humans and Animals in Louis XIV’s Paris (under contract)
This book discusses the animal projects of the early Paris Academy of Science and the King’s Garden in the context of 17th century Paris.
- Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800, edited with Patricia Fumerton (Ashgate, 2010)
This edited volume explores the history of ballads in British literature and culture.
- Beach Stories: Ecology and History on the California Coast, edited with Jenifer Dugan
This edited volume talks about various aspects of the ecology of the California coast.
- The Hermaphrodite of Charing Cross: Monsters and Anatomists in Eighteenth-Century London
This book will look at human exhibition in 18th century London and the role of anatomists in this phenomenon.
- Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights (Johns Hopkins, 2003)
A history of human and animal experimentation from antiquity to the present.
- Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (Oklahoma, 2000)
George Cheyne was a physician and natural philosopher whose emphasis on diet and spirituality was very influential in the English Enlightenment.
- Natural History and the New World, 1524-1770. An Annotated Bibliography (revised edition, 2002)
This work traces the natural history of the New World in the Age of Exploration.
- Duverney’s Skeletons (Isis, 2003)
This article discusses the issue of intellectual property in 18th century Paris in the context of anatomical specimens and anatomical practice.
- Coastal Dynamics: Restoring a California Wetland, with Jenifer E. Dugan. To appear in Restoria, ed. Marcus Hall
Discusses the dynamic quality of coastal environments, which makes establishing a restoration baseline difficult.
- Co-PI, Collaborative Programs Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities 2003-07, with Jenifer Dugan
for the project “Beach Stories”
- UC President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, 2007-08
for “The Courtiers’ Anatomists”