Paola Bertucci, DPhil

Associate Professor Tenure

Departments & Organizations

History of Medicine

MacMillan Center


Paola Bertucci received her D.Phil. in History of Science from the University of Oxford. Her current work focuses on the interaction between humans and artifacts in the early modern world. She has published on the history of science and medicine in the Enlightenment, with particular focus on the role of the human body in electrical experiements. 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.

Her new book, Artisanal Enlightenment. Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France is forthcoming with Yale University Press (2017).

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Margaret Rossiter Prize for best article on the history of women in scienceHistory of Science Society (2016)

  • Clifford Prize for best article in 18th-century studiesAmerican Society for 18th-century Studies (2015)

  • Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary TeachingYale College (2012)

Professional Service

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


  • 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
320 York Street
P.O. Box 208324

New Haven, CT 06520