Anita Guerrini

Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History

Oregon State University

Anita 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. Her latest book, The Courtiers’ Anatomists, about animals, anatomy, and natural history in the Paris of Louis XIV, was published in 2015. Her second area of research is on the role of history in ecological restoration, particularly in the context of the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research program (LTER). She is working on 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.  She is also leading a newhistorical project at OSU's Andrews Forest LTER.
Guerrini has published or in press over fifty articles and essay reviews. Her current project concerns the history and iconography of the human skeleton in early modern Europe.  Other projects include the early modern kitchen as a site for science, and urban animals in early modern Paris and London. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the French Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, 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, and in 2013 she was a visiting professor at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris.