Welcome

… to my electronic repository for all things academic.

I am a historian of early modern science specializing in material culture. I work on the history of alchemy in British North America, England and the Continent, the study of emblematics, and jewelry history and craft technology.

My current research focuses on Atalanta fugiens (1618), a musical alchemical emblem book by the German physician and alchemist, Michael Maier. I am co-editing a digital edition of this extraordinary book with Tara Nummedal supported by Brown University Library’s Mellon-funded Digital Publishing Initiative.

I teach students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as adult learners, I am a history educator to jewelry industry professionals, and I lecture to the interested public through museum outreach programs. My teaching practice combines the study of texts, images and objects with hands-on work using tools and materials.

This year, I am a Fellow at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University for my book project, ‘Catch Me If You Can’: Ludic Humanism and Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618).

Please direct enquiries to dab2208[at]columbia[dot]edu

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Iamque opus exegi, quod nec Iovis ira nec ignis
nec poterit ferrum nec edax abolere vetustas.

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