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Dr. Andrea Rusnock

Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1990
M.A., Princeton University, 1985
B.A., Brown University, 1982

Research Interests:

Science and medicine in the Enlightenment, quantification, public health and the environment. My current research project is on the history of vaccination.

I am the editor of Osiris, a research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences.

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 116 - History of Western Science
  • HIS 117 - History of Medicine
  • HIS 314 - Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century European Cultural History
  • HIS 351 - Historical Perspectives on Women and Health
  • HIS 401 - Advanced Topics in European History (Health and Environment in European History)
  • HIS 495 - Seminar in History
  • HIS 506 - Graduate Seminar in European History (The Enlightenment)

Publications:

BOOKS

Vital Accounts: Quantifying Health and Population in Eighteenth-Century England and France (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

The Correspondence of James Jurin (1684-1750), Physician and Secretary to the Royal Society, edited with an introduction, notes, and calendar of correspondence, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996).

ARTICLES

(with Vivien Dietz) "Defining Women's Work and Sickness: Female Friendly Societies in England, 1780-1830," Journal of Women's History (accepted for publication; forthcoming).

"Catching Cowpox: The Early Spread of Smallpox Vaccination, 1798-1810," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 83 (2009): 17-36.

"Making Sense of Vaccination ca. 1800," in Crafting Immunity: Working Histories of Clinical Immunology, ed. Kenton Kroker, Jennifer Keelan, and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar (Aldershot, Hampshire and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008), 17-28.

"Medical Statistics and Hospital Medicine: The Case of Smallpox Vaccination," Centaurus 49 (2007): 337-359.

"Quantifying Infant Mortality in Eighteenth-Century England and France," in Body Counts: Medical Quantification in Historical and Sociological Perspectives/La quantification micale, perspectives historiques et sociologiques, ed. Gard Jorland, Annick Opinel and George Weisz (Montreal: McGill-Queen University Press, 2005).

"'Merchant's Logick': Numerical Debates over Smallpox Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century England," The Road to Medical Statistics, ed. Eileen Magnello and Anne Hardy (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2002), 37-54.

"Hippocrates, Bacon, and Medical Meteorology at the Royal Society, 1700-1750," Hippocrates and Modern Medicine, ed. David Cantor, (Ashgate Press, 2001), 144-161.

"Correspondence Networks and the Royal Society," British Journal for the History of Science 32 (1999):155-69.

"Biopolitics and the Mathematics of Population: Medical and Political Arithmetic in the Eighteenth Century," in The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, ed. William Clark, Jan Golinski, and Simon Schaffer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).

"The Weight of Evidence and the Burden of Authority: Case Histories, Medical Statistics, and Smallpox Inoculation," in Medicine in the Enlightenment, ed. Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995), 289-315.

"Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancient Regime," in The Values of Precision, ed. M. Norton Wise (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995), 17-38.

Contact Information:

 

Department of History
University of Rhode Island

80 Upper College Road
113 Washburn Hall
Office: 118 Washburn
Phone: 401.874.9021
Email: rusnock@uri.edu

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