Paola Bertucci, DPhil

Associate Professor of History and in the History of Medicine

Research Organizations

History of Medicine

MacMillan Center

Extensive Research Description

  • Science and the mechanical arts in eighteenth century France
  • Collections of scientific instruments and material culture of science in the 18th century
  • Electrical experiments on human bodies: gender and sexual metaphors in the Age of Enlightenment

Selected Publications

  • Shocking Subjects. Human experiments and the material culture of medical electricity in eighteenth-century England Erika Dick and Larry Stewart (eds), The Uses of Humans in Experiment: Perspectives from the 17th to the 20th Century (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016)
  • Artisanal Knowledge, Expertise, and Patronage in Early 18th-Century Paris: The Société des Arts Eighteenth-Century Studies 48 (2015), 159-179 (with Olivier Courcelle)
  • Enlightened Secrets: Silk, Industrial Espionage, and Intelligent Travel in 18th-century France “Enlightened Secrets: Silk, Industrial Espionage, and Intelligent Travel in 18th-century France”, Technology and Culture, October 2013
  • The in/visible woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli (1730-1824) and the circulation of natural knowledge between Paris and Naples

    "The in/visible woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli (1730-1824) and the circulation of natural knowledge between Paris and Naples", Isis 104 (2013): 226-49

  • Designing the house of knowledge in 18th-century Naples: the ephemeral museum of Ferdinando Spinelli, Prince of Tarsia “Designing the house of knowledge in 18th-century Naples: the ephemeral museum of Ferdinando Spinelli, Prince of Tarsia”, in Jim Bennett, Sofia Talas (eds), Making Science Public in the Eighteenth Century: The role of Cabinets of Experimental Philosophy, Brill (2013)
  • Architecture of knowledge: Science, collecting and display in 18th-century Naples "Architecture of knowledge: Science, collecting and display in 18th-century Naples", in Helen Hills, Melissa Calaresu (eds.), New cultural approaches on Neapolitan culture, Aldershot: Ashgate (2013)
  • "Shocking Subjects. Human experiments and the material culture of electrotherapeutics in 18th-century England "Shocking Subjects. Human experiments and the material culture of electrotherapeutics in 18th-century England", forthcoming
  • Enlightening Towers: Public Opinion, Local Authorities and the Reformation of Meteorology in Eighteenth Century Italy “Enlightening Towers: Public Opinion, Local Authorities and the Reformation of Meteorology in Eighteenth Century Italy”, in Playing with Fire: The cultural History of the Lightning Rod, P. Heering, O. Hochadel, D. Rhees (eds.), Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 2009
  • Domestic Spectacles: electrical demonstrations between business and conversation “Domestic Spectacles: electrical demonstrations between business and conversation”, in Christine Blondel, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (eds.), Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008
  • A journey in wonderland. Science and curiosity in eighteenth-century Italy Viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie. Scienza e curiosità nell’Italia del Settecento [A journey in wonderland. Science and curiosity in eighteenth-century Italy]. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007
  • Therapeutic attractions: early applications of electricity to the art of healing “Therapeutic attractions: early applications of electricity to the art of healing” in H.A. Whitaker, C.U.M. Smith, S. Finger (eds.) Brain, Mind and Medicine: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Neuroscience, Boton: Springer, 2007
  • Revealing Sparks. John Wesley and the religious utility of electrical healing

    “Revealing Sparks. John Wesley and the religious utility of electrical healing”, British Journal for the History of Science, 39 (2006), 341-62

  • Electric bodies Electric bodies. Episodes in the history of medical electricity, Bologna: CIS, University of Bologna, 2001

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Paola Bertucci, DPhil
Mailing Address
Department of History320 York Street
P.O. Box 208324

New Haven, CT 06520