Dr. Lindsay Wilson
(BA Wesleyan University, MA, PhD Stanford University, 1982)
European Social and Cultural History, France, Women, Medicine
Office phone: 928-523-6217
Office LA 115B
I received my PhD in history and humanities, and
nearly all my courses are interdisciplinary.
My general approach to education is that students should be encouraged
to expect the best of our curriculum and of themselves.
I teach intensive writing courses at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels and have come, as a result, to become
increasingly interested in the craft of history. History 300W, for example, has
two purposes: to explore the social and cultural history of witch beliefs and
witch-hunts and to develop skills in writing history. Students master specific content matter, but,
just as importantly, they are guided to an understanding of how knowledge is
arrived at in history. What counts as evidence? Upon what criteria is the
quality of any historical account measured? In History 498 and in graduate
classes, the focus is on how to pose and research significant historical
My courses in the social history of medicine explore
changing and differing concepts of health and disease across time and cultures.
Etiologies of disease often incorporate and sanction ideologies, offering a mirror
into social norms and points of contention.
As a result, case studies in the social history of medicine can be of
particular interest to anthropologists and political scientists as well as
The Development of Europe to 1650
Witch-Hunts: A Social and Cultural History
Renaissance and Reformation
Early Modern Europe
Medicine, Cultures, and Values
Bodies and Souls
In Sickness and In Health
Medicine and Culture
Do Gender, Race, and Class Matter in Medicine?
Research interests and publications
and Medicine in the French Enlightenment:
The Debate over Maladies des Femmes.
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University
Press, 1993. This book examines a number
of eighteenth-century cause celebres revolving around women and having
important social and political ramifications.
It reveals the extent to which the traditional values of hierarchy,
privilege, and patriarchy were repeatedly challenged in the decades prior to
the French Revolution and explores the fragility of medical judgment in
attempting to resolve disputes that were grounded as much on conflicting
visions of society as of nature. Such an
approach broadens the parameters of the history of medicine to encompass new
currents in cultural and social history.
“Representations of Women in the History of
Science in France: Going Beyond Names
without Faces and Faces without Doctrines.”
In Women and Sciences, Seventeenth
Century to Present: Pioneers, Activists, and Protagonists, ed. by Donna
Andréolle and Véronique Molinari, 140-154.
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, December, 2011.
“’Judge the Work and Not the Man’: Casting Light
on Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Identity Politics, and a Double Standard in
Historiography,” Connections: European
Studies Annual Review 6 (spring, 2010/11): 4-8.
“Bodies of Knowledge, Local and Global,” review
forum of Mary Fissell’s Vernacular
Bodies; The Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern Europe, Journal of Women’s
History 22.3 (fall, 2010): 204-208.
Review of Timothy Verhoeven’s Transatlantic Anti-Catholicism.
France and the United States in the Nineteenth Century. Left History.
Review of James Webb’s Humanity’s Burden: A Global History of Malaria. Canadian Journal of
History. Fall, 2011.
Review of Juta Schickore’s The Microscope and the Eye: A History of Reflections 1740-1870. The American Historical Review. June, 2009.
“Mme Du Châtelet’s Most Important Experiment,”
Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) Conference, Portland, OR, May,
“Crossing Boundaries of Gender, Genre, and
Country: The Intellectual Trajectory of Mme Du Châtelet,” Women in French
International Conference, Tempe, AZ, February, 2012.
“Words Create Worlds: Finding Connecting Links
between Clémence Royer (1830-1902), a French Woman of Science, and Marie Curie
(1867-1934), a French Woman Scientist,” Twelfth International Conference of the
International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Ankara, Turkey,
Plenary Speaker, “Is the World Made Up of Stories
or of Atoms? Faith, Science, and the
Power of Stories in Defining Women’s Spirituality,” International Conference on
Women and Spirituality, Aix-en-Provence, France, June, 2009.
“Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Disciplines: Reassessing the Role of Marie Bonaparte in
the History of Psychoanalysis in France,” Three Societies Conference (British
Society for the History of Science, U.S. History of Science Society, Canadian
Society for the History and Philosophy of Science), Oxford, England, July,
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer
Institute, “The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New
Interdisciplinary Scholarship,” July, 2013, University of Illinois.
The Arizona Humanities Council, Fall, 2007-Spring,
I facilitated a six-month seminar entitled
“Literature and Medicine” for approximately 15 health care providers
(physicians, nurse, midwife, social worker, physical therapist, administrators)
in Flagstaff affiliated with agencies including North Country Health Care, the
Flagstaff Medical Center, the Taylor House, and Native Americans Community
Recent professional service
History Department Committees, Women’s and Gender
Studies Steering Committee, Honors Program Advisory Committee,
Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, University Library Committee, Graduate
Council, University Program Review Committee, Office for Teaching and Learning
Effectiveness Advisory Committee.
Executive Board Member and Founders’ Dissertation
Fellowship Committee Chair of the Western Association of Women Historians;
Program Committee and Panel Chair, Society for French Historical Studies;
Reviewer for Routledge Press, The
American Historical Review, The Journal of Women’s History, Left History,
Canadian Journal of History, The Bulletin of the History of Medicine,Social History of Medicine, Journal of the
History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Journal of Social History, Journal of
Interdisciplinary History, Technology and Culture.