Tara E. Nummedal Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Tara Nummedal (PhD, Stanford, 2001; MA, University of California, Davis, 1996; BA, Pomona College, 1992) is Associate Professor in the History Department. She is the author of Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and has just completed a manuscript of her second book, "The Lion’s Blood: Alchemy, Gender, and Apocalypse in Reformation Germany." Working with Donna Bilak and staff in the University Library, she is beginning a new collaborative digital project on a musical alchemical emblem book, Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618). Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and, most recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is Past President of the New England Renaissance Conference and a member of the editorial board of the journal Ambix. She teaches courses in early modern European history and the history of science.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas