Jennifer Kosmin

Jennifer Kosmin

Assistant Professor of History
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • MA., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • BA., Ursinus College, 2007

Teaching Specialties

  • History of science and medicine
  • Women's and gender history
  • The history of sexuality
  • Early modern Europe
  • Italian Renaissance

Research Interests

Professor Kosmin's work explores the history of medicine in early modern Italy. Focusing on childbirth, reproduction, and women's health, Kosmin is interested in understanding the social and cultural dimensions of scientific and medical knowledge, both in the past and in the present. In both her writing and teaching, Kosmin sees the aim of her work as shedding light on the cultural embeddedness of basic ideas about bodies and disease, such as concepts like race, sexuality, health and illness.