Faculty & Staff

Olivia Weisser, PhD

Assistant Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Professor Weisser’s research interests include early modern Britain, the history of health and healing, and the history of gender and sexuality. She teaches courses on early modern European history, British history, and the history of medicine.


PhD (History of Medicine) Johns Hopkins University
BA (History) Wesleyan University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

I joined the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012, after earning a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and teaching writing at Princeton University for two years. My research focuses on health, healing, and the body in early modern England. My first book, Ill Composed, examines how gender shaped patients' perceptions in the 1600s and 1700s. The book was a finalist for the 2015 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Award and short-listed for a 2016 British Medical Association Book Award. I am working on a new book on the history of venereal disease.

Professor Weisser's CV