Madeleine Sheahan

Research interests:

Early modern history of medicine and science; gender history; embodied and artisanal knowledge; social and intellectual history; material culture.


Madeleine is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program for the History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) and Early Modern Studies (EMST). She received her B.A. in Renaissance Studies and her M.A. in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto. Her current research examines the history of domestic science and medicine in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italy.

She is particularly interested in the relationship between pharmacology, anatomy, and cookery, with a focus on the material culture of the early modern kitchen. Animated by questions of gender, embodied knowledge, and material consumption and production, her research seeks to advance the historical understanding of how household practitioners deeply and directly engaged in global trade, craft practices, and emerging structures of medical and scientific experimentation.