cynthia received her ph.d from the university of chicago in 2001; she then was a fellow at the max planck institüt für wissenschaftgeschichte in berlin, where she participated in the research colloquium, the common languages of art and science, directed by lorraine daston. in 2002, she was a lecturer in the history and literature concentration at harvard university. from 2003-2007, she was an assistant professor of literature, communication and culture at georgia institute of technology, where she taught a range of courses in literary and cultural studies, that focused on renaissance literature, the scientific revolution, the history of gynecology, and the rhetoric of science. in 2007, she joins the faculty of the english department at miami university of ohio. from 2007-2008, she will be on leave. as both an ACLS fellow and a fellow at the villa i tatti, center for italian studies (harvard university), she will pursue research in florence, italy for her second project on the history of surgery and the representation of pain in the early modern period.
in her first project, cindy studies the history of anatomy and anatomy theaters in the early modern period.
her research has been supported by several grants from both public and private foundations: the gladys krieble delmas foundation, the american association of university women, the renaissance society of america, the national endowment for the humanities, the huntington library, the countway library for the history of medicine, and most recently, the villa i tatti.
from an interview for the nytimes:
...Dissections, she said, were often lively theatrical affairs used by universities to attract students. In Bologna, dissections were held during Carnival; live music was played and spectators occasionally showed up in Carnival costumes.
...There's always a debate about whether these events made people think about death or whether they were celebrations of rebirth--the ideas that come from the body.