Faculty & Staff
Olivia Weisser, PhD
- Assistant Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
- 617.287.6864 Telephone:
- Olivia.Weisser@umb.edu Email:
100 Morrissey Blvd. Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-645
Areas of Expertise
Professor Weisser’s research interests include early modern Britain, the history of the body, health, and healing, and the history of women, gender, and sexuality. She teaches courses on early modern European history, Western Civilization, and the history of medicine.
PhD (History of Medicine) Johns Hopkins University
BA (History) Wesleyan University
Professional Publications & Contributions
Spring 2013 Office Hours: TTh (2-4 p.m.)
I study health and healing in early modern Europe from the patient's point of view. I am currently finishing a book that examines the ways gender shaped patients' perceptions and behaviors in seventeenth-century England. I am also beginning new research that explores surgical ailments and patient-surgeon interactions in the 1600s and 1700s. I began studying early modern history as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, where I completed a thesis on seventeenth-century medical astrology—mapping the stars to interpret bodily disorders. I earned a PhD in the History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and then taught at Princeton University for two years. I joined the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012.