Anita Guerrini


Horning Professor in the Humanities and
Professor of History

305B Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-1308
Fax: (541) 737-1257

E-mail: anita.guerrini@oregonstate.edu
CV: [link]
Blog:  http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/aguerrini/


Anita Guerrini is a historian of the life sciences and medicine with strong interests in environmental history and the history of animals.


  • Guerrini graduated from Connecticut College (summa cum laude) in 1975 with a major in History and a minor in Music, and went on to earn an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. She studied with Richard S. Westfall at Indiana University where she received a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science in 1983. Before coming to Oregon State she taught at the University of Minnesota and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she held a joint appointment in History and Environmental Studies. She has taught a wide variety of courses in the history of science and medicine, in environmental history, and in early modern European history.
  • Guerrini’s current research is in two main areas. She is writing a book, The Courtiers’ Anatomists, about animals, anatomy, and natural history in the Paris of Louis XIV. Her second area of research is on the role of history in ecological restoration. She is completing a study of the ecological history of a Santa Barbara wetland with Jenifer Dugan, a marine ecologist at UCSB; they have collaborated on articles and are putting together a multi-authored book. Their work has been supported by a Collaborative Programs grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Guerrini has published three dozen articles on topics in early modern science, and recently co-edited a book on ballads and broadsides in early modern Britain. Future projects include a book on monsters and anatomy in eighteenth-century London and further work on the relationship between food, animals, and the environment and on animals, history, and human origins. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the French Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique, and other agencies. She has been a visiting fellow in Paris, Canberra, and Edinburgh as well as at the OSU Center for the Humanities.  In 2009 she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Ballads and Broadsides

Ballads and Broadsides in Britain,

(Ashgate, 2010)

(co-editor with Patricia Fumerton
and Kris McAbee)

Natural History and the New World, 1524‑1770:
An Annotated Bibliography
(American Philosophical Society, 1986;
second edition (revised), 2002)
Natural History and the New World
Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment
Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment:
The Life and Times of George Cheyne

(University of Oklahoma Press, 2000)

Experimenting with Humans and Animals:
From Galen to Animal Rights

(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

Experimenting with Humans and Animals

Selected Recent Articles