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Dr Hannah Murphy

Dr Hannah Murphy

  • Research fellows

Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Renaissance Skin)

Contact details


Hannah joined King's in 2017 after four years at Oriel College Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow. She has a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and she awarded her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Early modern science and medicine
  • Sixteenth-century Germany
  • Libraries, note-taking and material texts
  • Material culture, gender and sensory history

As lead researcher on the Renaissance Skin project, Hannah looks broadly at the material culture of human and animal skin in Reformation Germany.

Selected publications

(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


Hannah teaches across early modern European and world history, including material culture, religious reformation, print culture and medicine. 

Expertise and public engagement

As part of the Renaissance Skin team, Hannah oversees the project's public engagement offerings, which will include work with volunteers, schools, choreographers, fashion-designers and artists.