Publications

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Academic
“The Making and Knowing Project: Reflections, Methods, and New Directions.” Co-authored with Pamela H. Smith, Joel Klein, and Jenny Boulboullé
West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Vol. 23, No.1 (Spring-Summer 2016): 35-55.

“Alchemy and the End Times: Revelations from the Laboratory and Library of John Allin, Puritan Alchemist (1623-1683).”
Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, Vol.60, No.4 (November 2013): 390-414. Special Issue, “Alchemy and Religion in Christian Europe.”

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry for “John Allin (1623-1683).”

“Decoding Bronzino’s Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo (c.1539): An Iconography of Jewels and Dress.”

Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence, ed. Liana De Girolami Cheney (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2014), pp.371-392
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Popular
“The Crying of Lot 222: A Victorian Brooch Deconstructed.”
Ornamentum, Vol.31, No.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2014): 18-21
ornamentum.ca/article/the-crying-of-lot-222
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“Blast from the Past: Atomic Age Jewelry and the Feminine Ideal.”
Distillations Magazine Vol.1, No.1 (Spring 2015): 34–37
chemheritage.org/discover/media/distillations-magazine
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In Progress
(Book Proposal) “Tear Up the Book”: A critical digital edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with scholarly commentary. Co-edited with Tara Nummedal. Projected Completion: 2018

(Essay) “A Tale of Two Editions: Atalanta fugiens (1618) and the Secretioris naturae secretorum scrutinium chymicum (1687)” in “Tear Up the Book”: A critical digital edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with scholarly commentary. Co-edited with Tara Nummedal

(Article) “Music, Mathematics, and Chymistry: Rethinking Michael Maier’s Alchemical Emblem Book, Atalanta fugiens (1618).” Co-authored with musicologist Dr. Loren Ludwig.Completion January 2017; submission to Renaissance Quarterly

 
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Media
The Art of Encryption: Music-Image-Text in Michael Maier’s Alchemical Emblem Book, Atalanta fugiens (1618).” Streamed live on BGCtv on 15 April 2015. Atalanta fugiens lecture/performance in collaboration with Les Canards Chantants and special guest speaker musicologist Loren Ludwig

The Making and Knowing Project – Reconstructing the 16th-Century Workshop of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 at Columbia University

The Frozen Museum – Jewellery History Workshop (5-15 January 2016) Nunavut Arctic College

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Book Reviews

Katherine Eggert. Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Reviewed for Early Science and Medicine: Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-Modern Period. Reviewed in Early Science and Medicine, Vol.21, No.4 (2016): 393-5

Sven Dupré, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Beat Wismer, eds. Art and Alchemy: The Mystery of Transformation (Munich: Hirmer; Düsseldorf: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, 2014) and Sven Dupré, ed. Laboratories of Art: Alchemy and Art Technology from Antiquity to the 18th Century (Cham: Springer, 2014).
Paired review for Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, Vol.107, No.3 (September 2016): 625-7

Marco Beretta and Maria Conforti, eds. Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits, and Deceptions in Early Modern Science (Sagamore Beach, Mass.: Science History Publications, 2014). Reviewed in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, Vol.106, No.2 (June 2015), 434-435

Bruce Janacek. Alchemical Belief: Occultism in the Religious Culture of Early Modern England (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011). Reviewed in Early Science and Medicine: Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-Modern Period (Brill), Vol.17, No.6 (2012), 663-4
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Frances Larson. An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome Collected the World (Oxford University Press, 2009)
New York University “Material World Blog” online review posted 30 July 2010
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