Advisory Board

Mario Biagioli (University of California, Davis)

Mario Biagioli is Professor of Science and Technology Studies – College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Science, UC Davis. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Aberdeen over his career. Professor Biagioli has published widely, including: Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present, ed. with Jessica Riskin (Palgrave-McMillan, 2013); Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective, ed. with Peter Jaszi and Martha Woodmansee (University of Chicago Press, 2011); and Galileo’s instruments of credit: telescopes, images, secrecy (University of Chicago Press, 2006). His articles have been published in journals such as Theory, Culture & Society, British Journal for the History of ScienceISISHistory of Science, and Critical Inquiry, as well as numerous edited volumes.

Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Stephen Clucas is Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History at Birkbeck, University of London, where he teaches on the MA Renaissance Studies and MA Cultural and Critical Studies. He is currently working (together with Professor Timothy J. Raylor of Carleton College, Minnesota) on an edition of Thomas Hobbes’s De corpore, and associated manuscripts for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes. His publications include Magic, Memory and Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Variorum Collected Studies (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011); (ed.) with Valery Rees and Peter J. Forshaw, Laus Platonici Philosophi: Marsilio Ficino and his Influence (Leiden: Brill, 2011); and (ed.) John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought, International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives internationales d’histoire des idées, 193 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006). He is the co-organizer (together with Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson of Queen Mary, University of London) of EMPHASIS, a seminar on early modern philosophy and the history of science, held at the University of London, School of Advanced Study.

Peter Dear (Cornell University)

Peter R. Dear is Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University. His research focus is on the history of European science in the seventeenth century. Professor Dear has published widely, including: Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 (Princeton University Press, 2009); Discipline and Experience: The Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1995); and The Intelligibility of Nature:  How Science Makes Sense of the World (University of Chicago Press, 2006). His articles have been published in journals such as Archives Internationales dHistoire des Sciences and ISIS, as well as numerous edited volumes.

Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)

Professor Grafton’s joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago and spending a year at University College London, where he studied with Arnaldo Momigliano. Professor Grafton likes to see the past through the eyes of influential and original writers, and has accordingly written intellectual biographies of a 15th-century Italian humanist, architect, and town planner, Leon Battista Alberti; a 16th-century Italian astrologer and medical man, Girolamo Cardano; and a 16th-century French classicist and historian, Joseph Scaliger. He also studies the long-term history of scholarly practices, such as forgery and the citation of sources, and has worked on many other topics in cultural and intellectual history. Professor Grafton is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others. Two collections of essays, Defenders of the Text (1991) and Bring Out Your Dead (2001), cover most of the topics and themes that appeal to him. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association. At Princeton he is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History.

Peter Harrison (University of Queensland)

Peter Harrison is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of CHED. He was educated at the University of Queensland and Yale University. Before taking up his present position in 2012, he was for a number of year the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively in the area of intellectual history with a focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Yale, and Princeton, is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2011 he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. His five books include, most recently, Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago, 2011)—an edited collection which surveys conceptions of science from antiquity to the present—and The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2010).

Howard Hotson (University of Oxford)

Howard Hotson is Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Anne’s College. His interests range widely over the histories of science, philosophy, religion, education, and communication in the early modern period, focusing especially on the traditions of further, general, and universal reformation emerging from central Europe in the periods before and during the Thirty Years War. The author, inter alia, of an intellectual biography of Comenius’s teacher, Johann Heinrich Alsted (OUP, 2000), and a survey of central European Reformed educational theory and practice (Commonplace Learning: Ramism and its German Ramifications, 1543–1630, OUP, 2007), he is currently directing an Oxford-based collaborative research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, entitled Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters.

Jill Kraye (The Warburg Institute)

Jill Kraye is Emeritus Professor of the History of Renaissance Philosophy at the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of the Warburg Institute. Her main areas of interest are the influence of ancient philosophy on Renaissance thought and the history of humanism and classical scholarship from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. A collection of her essays was published under title Classical Traditions in Renaissance Philosophy (2002); and she is currently writing The Renaissance of Ancient Philosophy, 1100–1650 for the Oxford History of Philosophy series. She was the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (1996) and of Cambridge Translations of Renaissance Philosophical Texts (1997); and she is a co-editor of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, the International Journal of the Classical Tradition and the Renaissance and Sixteenth Century section of the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University)

Jonathan Sawday studied English at Queen Mary College (University of London) and University College London, where he took his PhD in Renaissance Literature. He has taught at British, Irish, and American universities, most recently at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland where he held the Chair in English Studies. He has held fellowships at the Huntington Library (California), the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and been a visiting scholar in the Centre for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He has held awards and grants from the Fulbright Association, the British Academy, The British Council, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a Fellow of the English Association (FEA), the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), and of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS). He is on the advisory board of the Journal for Literature and Science and on the editorial boards of Medical Humanities and Writing Technologies.

J.B. Shank (University of Minnesota)

J.B. Shank is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Center for Early Modern History and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. He is the author of The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and a prequel of sorts entitled Before Voltaire: Making “Newtonian?” Mechanics in France around 1700 that is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.  He was a Fulbright Fellow in Paris, France in 1995-96, and in 2005-06 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (now the Museo Galileo) in Florence, Italy. In 2016 he will be a Visiting Faculty member at the University of Utrecht and the Descartes Center for the History and Philosophy of the Humanities and Sciences in the Netherlands. His articles have been published in journals such as Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences, Early Science and MedicineThe Journal of Early Modern Studies, and The American Historical Review, and his current research ranges between the Renaissance history of European geometry, the life and intellectual career of Evangelista Torricelli, and the history of the modern academic disciplines.

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