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Dr Hannah Murphy

Dr Hannah Murphy

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellow & Lecturer in Early Modern History

Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies.

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Hannah Murphy joined the department in 2017 first as a research fellow, and from 2021 as Lecturer in Early Modern History. She is the recipient of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and is Principal Investigator of the project, “Medicine and the Making of Race, 1440-1720”. She is also Co-Investigator on Renaissance Skin, a Wellcome Trust-funded project led by Evelyn Welch.

Prior to joining King’s, Hannah was a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. She has a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and she was awarded her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • The history of knowledge
  • Science and medicine in early modern Europe
  • Early modern medical practitioners and practical structures of "race-making"

For more information, please see Hannah's full research profile

Expertise and public engagement

Selected publications

  • (2020)) " Skin and Disease in Early Modern Medicine: Jan Jessen's De cute, et cutaneis affectibus (1601), Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 94 (2020), 179-214
  • (2019) A New Order of Medicine: The Rise of Physicians in Reformation Nuremberg, University of Pittsburgh Press 2019 - Winner of the Society for Renaissance Studies Biennial Book Prize, 2020
  • (2016) Common places and private spaces: libraries, record-keeping and orders of information in sixteenth-century medicine. Past and Present [Special Issue 11: The Social History of the Archive], 230 (Suppl. 11), 253-268