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Kathleen Crowther

OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, The University of Oklahoma wordmark
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Kathleen Crowther

Associate Professor of the History of Science

Photographic portrait of Kathleen Crowther
  • A.B. Magna cum laude, Chemistry and History, Bryn Mawr College, 1991 
  • Ph.D., History of Science, Medicine and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University, 2001

I have been a member of the History of Science department of the University of Oklahoma since 2002. I am also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. My areas of specialization are early modern science and medicine, history of the book, women’s history and Reformation history. My first book, Adam and Eve in the Protestant Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2010), won a prize for best book in Reformation history the year it came out. I have published articles on early science and medicine in Isis, The Journal of the History of Astronomy, and Renaissance Quarterly, as well as several chapters in edited, peer-reviewed volumes. I have also written for popular audiences at The Atlantic, Washington Post, Gastro Obscura, Popula, The Public Medievalist and Nursing Clio. My current book project is a study of how an obscure medieval astronomy text, Johannes de Sacrobosco’s De sphaera, shaped modern science.

Contact me

Kathleen Crowther
Department of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
The University of Oklahoma
601 Elm, Room 625
Norman, OK 73019

Office Tel: 1-405-325-2213


Select Publications

Adam and Eve in the Protestant Reformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

“Sacred Philosophy, Secular Theology: The Mosaic Physics of Levinus Lemnius (1505-1568) and Francisco Valles (1524-1592)” in Jitse M. van der Meer and Scott H. Mandelbrote (eds.), Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: Up to 1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2008), pp. 397-428.

 “Wonderful Secrets of Nature: Natural Knowledge and Religious Piety in Reformation Germany,” Isis 94.2 (June, 2003): 253-273.

“‘Be Fruitful and Multiply’: Genesis and Generation in Reformation Germany,” Renaissance Quarterly 55.3 (Autumn, 2002): 904-936.