Paola Bertucci, DPhil

Associate Professor of History and in the History of Medicine

Departments & Organizations

History of Medicine


Paola Bertucci received her D.Phil. in History of Science from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on various aspects of science and medicine in the age of Enlightenment: the involvement of the human body in electrical experiments, the material culture of science, science and secrecy. She is the author of a book on scientific culture in 18th-century Italy (Viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie. Scienza e curiosità nell’Italia del Settecento, Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007) and co-editor of a volume on the history of the medical applications of electricity (Electric Bodies. Episodes in the history of medical electricity, Bologna: 2001). She has organized several museum exhibitions, including two permanent installations from the 18th-century collections of the new Galileo Museum (formerly Museum of the History of Science) in Florence, Italy:The Spectacle of Science and Science at Home. Professor Bertucci has been awarded the 2015 Clifford Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. In 2012 she received the Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching from Yale College.

She is currently writing a book on science and the mechanical arts in 18th-century France.

On leave 2015-16

Education & Training

MSc University of Oxford, History of Science
DPhil University of Oxford, History

Honors & Recognition

  • Clifford Prize for best article in 18th-century studies (2015)

  • Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary TeachingYale College (2012)

Professional Service

  • History of Science, History of medicine Program (2011 - 2013)

International Activity

  • Isis United States (2013)

    Editorial Board

  • Nuncius. Journal of the History of Science Italy (2005 - 2012)

    Editorial board, Nuncius. Journal of the visual and material history of science

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Contact Info

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

New Haven, CT 06520