Sharon T. Strocchia

Department Chair

Professor

Department of History

Office: Bowden 308

Phone: (404) 727-4285

Email: sharon.strocchia@emory.edu

Biography

Sharon T. Strocchia, Professor (B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley); social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy; gender and sexuality in early modern Europe; health and medicine in the premodern world. Author of Death and Ritual in Renaissance Florence (1992); Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence (2009), winner of the 2010 Marraro Prize awarded by the American Catholic Historical Association; and Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy (2019). The latter won the 2020 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies and the 2021 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America. Editor of Women and Healthcare in Early Modern Europe (special issue of Renaissance Studies, Vol. 28, no. 4, September 2014), and co-editor (with Sara Ritchey) of Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550 (2020), co-winner of the 2021 Collaborative Project Award given by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender.

My current research interests center on health and healing in the early modern world, particularly in relation to gender. I am interested in the intersection between knowledge practices and commercial activities, on the one hand, and everyday practices of care and cure, on the other. My next book project examines how the culture of experimentation and new commercial strategies shaped the medical marketplace in late Renaissance Italy (1500-1650). Using unpublished archival sources, I explore the process for patenting new remedies, which often involved the use of human subjects in early forms of clinical trials, as well as medical advertising and other innovative marketing practices. The book speaks to the evolution of modernity by investigating nascent issues of intellectual property, the creation of the consumer, and questions of trust saturating early modern commerce.

Over the years, my research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, the National Humanities Center, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory. Several of my articles have won awards from the American Society of Church History, Sixteenth Century Studies Association, and Society for Renaissance Studies. I also serve on the advisory boards for the Medici Archive Project and Oxford Bibliographies Online, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern History and Renaissance Studies. In late Spring 2022 I will be Visiting Professor at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence.


My Curriculum Vita

Interests

  • Social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy
  • Women and gender in early modern Europe
  • History of health and medicine in the premodern world
  • Digital mapping